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.
Looking for information about hummingbirds? Check out Hummingbird Central.