The Hogansville Hummingbird Festival committee has selected the artwork to represent this fall's Hummingbird Festival. Leslie Purcell's whimsical painting of two colorful hummingbirds on a lush green background was the winning entry in a crowded field of applicants.
"We were thrilled to have 39 entries this year," said Mary Stewart of the Festival committee. "A number of entries came from Chris Hagebak’s art classes." Leslie has been taking weekly art classes for the past two years at Hagebak's 809 Gallery of Art in LaGrange. One of their class assignments this spring was to submit a painting for the Hummingbird Festival competition. Each of the five students in Leslie's class submitted a painting, as did many other students in Hagebak's other classes.
Leslie will be a freshman at LaGrange High School this fall. Her older sister, who is a writer, inspired Leslie's interest in art three years ago. Animation and cartoon art caught Leslie's fancy, and her hummingbird painting reflects that style. Leslie plans to keep developing her style and learning new techniques, and she hopes to make art her career, possibly in graphic design.
The winning art each year is used in the designs for the Festival T-shirt, poster, and guidebook. You can view the resulting 2019 Hummingbird Festival poster in the Poster Gallery. Leslie Purcell’s original framed painting will hang in City Hall downtown, along with the works of art of previous Festival artists.
Our team has mapped a fun 5K route through the trails and streets of historic small town Hogansville, GA. The 5K route is fun for the whole family. Running, walking, dogs and strollers are welcome. Join us in 2019. Serious runners will be able to compete for prizes in various age groups. Recreational runners and walkers can join the fun too. All entry fees and sponsorships go directly to benefit local community projects. Big thanks to Tower Trail 5K Sponsor All Pro Auto Group! Click here for more information and online registration.
Dogs and owners can strut their stuff Saturday, Octobter 12 in downtown Hogansville, GA. Registration and parade starting point will be at Calvin Hipp Veterans Memorial Park. The parade will proceed up and down Main Street in historic downtown Hogansville. Prizes for Best Costume and more. Registration starts at 10:00 AM, Parade at 11:00 AM. $5 registration fee. Click for more info and online registration
Everyone in the community is invited to this gala event held at the elegant Victoria Belle Mansion. Always held the Thursday before the festival. Tickets are $65 per person, tax deductible. Your ticket covers a chef-prepared full buffet, plus an open bar with soft drinks, beer, and wine. Musical entertainment is provided and dancing is encouraged. The silent auction is optional and low key, featuring a wide variety of donations from local businesses and residents. Full tables available! Get your tickets now or click here for more information.
Looking for information about hummingbirds? Check out Hummingbird Central.