RT. 66 Reinterpreted Art Project winners selected
September 16, 2013, A total of 32 wonderful and unique works of art were entered in the First Annual Rt. 66 Reinterpreted Art Project, sponsored by the Atlanta Betterment Group of Atlanta, Illinois.
Twelve finalists were selected in the project, and then the traveling public was invited to votes for five winners. Voting was held from May through the end of August, with the following five winners receiving the most votes.
* Ronald Douglas Frazier, Bloomington, Illinois
* James Maas, Lombard, Illinois
* Sarah Vandenbusch, Burbank, California
* Louise Walker, Atlanta, Illinois
* Christine Wiggington, Atlanta, Illinois
Specific 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc. place winners were not specified. These are simply the five artists whose shield designs received the highest vote counts. The Atlanta Betterment Fund congratulates these five 2013 Rt. 66 Reinterpreted Art Project winners!
And now, here's what happens next to all the shields:
1. The five winning shields, along with the other 7 selected as finalists, will be placed on display at the International Mother Road Festival held in Springfield, Illinois the weekend of September 28 & 29, so that the 80,000+ anticipated guests at this event can enjoy these beautiful pieces of art.
2. At the conclusion of the Mother Road Festival all of the shields will be returned to Atlanta. The five winners will be kept in storage over the winter, and then placed on display in Atlanta's Rt. 66 Park throughout the summer of 2014 and subsequent summers, so everyone traveling Rt. 66 can stop and enjoy them.
3. The remaining 7 finalist shields, along with each of the other shields entered in the Rt. 66 Reinterpreted Art Project, will be offered on eBay as a fundraiser for the Atlanta Betterment Fund, not-for-profit organization. The auction will begin on Tuesday, October 1st. The shields will be offered up for auction, as well, via a "Buy Now" option, at a price of $100.00 per shield.
The Rt. 66 Reinterpreted Art Project is an annual event, so we are already looking forward to next year's project. In the meantime, the Atlanta Betterment Fund thanks all the artists who painted shields for making this year's project so great!