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Marshall wins grand prize in ag heritage contest

November 24, 2009

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Winners of the second annual farmland preservation art contest, the Preserving Our Agricultural Heritage Art Show, were announced at a reception Nov. 14 at the Ag Heritage Center, 185 Franklin Farm Lane in Chambersburg.

Alisha Marshall of Greencastle, Pa., was chosen as the grand prize winner for her photo collage titled "What Will We Do When There is Nothing Left?" Paintings, photographs and digital images by 71 artists were entered.

The grand prize was $250, and use of the winner's artwork by the Farmland Preservation Board for advertisements and posters. Other prizes were awarded for the following age groups: ages 5 to 14; ages 15 to 18; and ages 19 and older. Artwork was judged by Melissa Gayman Ball, NWTF Print Artist, and professor Ben Culbertson of Shippensburg University, using the criteria of overall impact, effectiveness in conveying the theme, originality and artistic merit.

The Franklin County Planning Department and the Greencastle-Antrim School District Art Department created the art show to further awareness of the importance of preserving farmland in Franklin County. Farmland preservation is one of the primary goals of the Franklin County Comprehensive Plan, to preserve the best farmland in the county for future generations to continue the county's agricultural heritage.

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For more information, call Carolyn Baker at 717-597-2186, ext. 1301, 717-765-0210 or e-mail csbaker@greencastle.k12.pa.us.

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