Best of Show, Oregon State Fair

What a nice surprise! Last Friday night I was awarded Best of Show at the Oregon State Fair 2017, Calligraphy Division. The cash award made it an even sweeter win.

To submit an entry to the Oregon State Fair, the calligraphy has to be created within the last 2 years. That is always a challenge for me, since so much of my work goes directly to my clients. My assistant, Heather Barton (who is also a calligrapher and prize winner), remembered that I had the ‘Achiever’ original remaining…..scroll down….

Reproductions are available!

‘Achiever’ was a piece that I completed for Mason, Ohio, client Dawn Shiver this past winter. She and her husband own Shiver Security Systems, Inc. in Mason and were looking for some special awards for their top salesmen. Dawn commissioned me to rework the wording and create the artwork, which was later scanned, retouched, color altered and finally high end reproductions were printed one at a time from my Epson R3000 printer on Entrada digital paper. The original was created on D’Arches black 140# paper, with tinted Dr. Martin’s bleed proof white to help the capitals pop. Brown gouache was added to my gold Winsor New metallic gouache to give the script more of a bronzed look.¬†Fabulous Frames in Cincinnati, enhanced the awards with beautiful frames. DesignSource in Oregon, framed the winning original.

Achiever, Best of Show, Oregon State Fair 2017

Achiever – Best of Show, Oregon State Fair 2017, Calligraphy Division

8 thoughts on “Best of Show, Oregon State Fair

  1. Holly, this is absolutely wonderful! Hearty, well deserved congratulations to you for the outstanding Best of Show. And better yet the birth of your grandson. My thoughts have been with you so often.

    I miss you like crazy.

    Much Love,


    • Judy you are a dear. Thanks for your kind note. I do hope to cross paths again soon! I\’ll come back to teach in Florida, any day! Or maybe just to vacation!

  2. Congratulations, Holly. Everyone who has one of your works of art already knows you are a winner.

    God Bless you and Congratulations on your new Grandson.
    Nancy Hemminger

    • Nancy, so good to hear from you my friend! Blessings back to you….I hope that all is well in your world. Yes, I can\’t wait to see that little grandson. I travel this week.

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