Flying Success! Baron Von Montague
B52 War Pig
Per Chance to Dream
VFW Post #1 Art Gallery and the Colorado Chapter of the Foundation
Fighting Blindness (FFB) presented a unique and fun artistic competition
and fundraiser with their Flying Pigs Over Santa Fe Street October event.
Nineteen artists named and painted Fiberglass flying pigs in a juried
competition to raise money for the Foundation’s research efforts and to
find the best looking flying pig in Denver. The flying pigs were judged
by Dave Aguilera, CBS Denver meteorologist; Deanne Pytlinski, PhD,
department chair, Art Education at Metropolitan State University of
Denver (MSCD); and Ashley Nason, professor, Printmaking Arts, also
from MSCD. Over 500 gallery visitors voted for their favorite flying pig in
the People’s Choice Award.
“We are very pleased with the results of our first Flying Pig art
competition. Jim Stevens and his VFW team displayed the 19 pigs in
the center of the gallery for all to observe and enjoy. It was great to be
part of this exciting event that raised awareness and dollars for research
for finding treatments and cures for blinding eye diseases,” said Richard
Faubion, director, Major Gifts, Foundation Fighting Blindness. “This event
was a huge success. Special thanks go to the VFW Arts Council for all their
1st Place Winner and People’s Choice Award: "Baron Von Montague"
Artists: Kendra and Heather Fleischman with Rebecca Waugh
2nd Place Winner: "B52 War Pig"
Artist: Jesse Bones
3rd Place Winner: "Graffiti Hog"
Artist: Jesse Eastburn
Two Honorable Mentions
"Per Chance to Dream"
Artist: Lisa Brown
Artist: Gary Garcia