July 18th is the date for the 11th Annual Lovell Old Home Days 5k Run. With the help of Steve Pullan, Fryeburg Academy art teacher, a contest is held each year to draw the winning design for the race’s t-shirt. And every year, the students come through with tremendous drawings, making for a tough selection process. As part of the competition, students are asked to incorporate the themes of Lovell and running into their artwork.
This year’s winner is Phoebe Crowe, a Lovell resident who is finishing her junior year at the Academy. She enjoys graphic design and will be taking some pre-college courses this summer at the Maine College of Art.
In the first few years of the design competition, I always hesitated to ask for a change here or there. I didn’t want to insult the artist but Mr. Pullan said that it was important for the student to have some real-world experiences where a client rarely is satisfied with the first or second submission. We asked Phoebe to make some minor adjustments to her original design and she did them well. Last year, Phoebe’s design came in second place and I am sure she was disappointed but she displayed a level of determination by trying again. Tenacity pays off!
So thanks to Phoebe, this year’s 5k run t-shirt will continue the tradition of having a unique and quality design. Not only does she see her drawing on t-shirts around town but she earned the $100 prize!