Milford, Ohio – The Greater Milford Area Historical Society (GMAHS) and exclusive poster competition sponsor, the City of Milford, have announced the winner of the 2017 Art Affaire Poster Contest. Anne Huddleston, artist and professional graphic designer, created the winning poster using Milford’s natural resources as her inspiration. The treelined river is the focal point of the image with Promont, an 1865 Italianate house museum owned and operated by GMAHS, on the hill overlooking the valley below. The “Welcome to Milford” sign, the colorful tents representing Art Affaire and delightful critters along the river bank complete Ms. Huddleston’s design.
“I am very excited to represent the 2017 Art Affaire with my poster entry,” comments Anne Huddleston. “Art Affaire is a wonderful event, and I hope that my love for the area shines through my artwork!”
Ms. Huddleston was awarded $500 at a reception held at Promont in Milford, Ohio, on Saturday, May 13, where all poster entries were displayed. GMAHS member, Patty Craft, was the host of the reception and warmly welcomed the artists participating in the poster competition. The City of Milford, sponsor of the poster competition, was represented by Mayor Laurie Howland and City Manager Michael Doss. GMAHS members provided refreshments with elegant style similar to the teas the Society offers.
Artists that entered poster images in the competition include: June Pfaff Daley (Kennedy Heights); Marian Fisher (Liberty Township); Joyce Grothaus (Milford); Anne Huddleston (Mariemont); Mollie Sheridan (Clifton); and Robert VanPraag (Hyde Park).
“GMAHS is proud of the response to its Art Affaire poster image competition, and we are very pleased with the depth of research into local history by the artists,” says Mary Ward, GMAHS member and artist coordinator for Art Affaire. “The posters are becoming a collector’s item. It will be exciting to see how the competition evolves, as each year will bring something new for the collector.”
Signed posters suitable for framing will available for $10 at Promont, 906 Main Street, Milford (open most Sunday’s 1-4:00 p.m.); and at Row House Gallery and Custom Framing, 211 Main Street in Milford (open Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Posters will also be available during the 12th Annual Art Affaire, held on Saturday, September 23, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., on Main Street in historic Milford.
Art Affaire is presented by the Greater Milford Area Historical Society in association with Lykins Energy Solutions; and is supported by many individual and local sponsors in the greater Milford area including Accounting Plus LLC, Mike Castrucci Auto Group, Clermont Equipment, Historic Milford Association (HMA), Lovins Insurance, Miami Township, City of Milford, PDQ Doors, Proforma Albrechto & Co., Row House Gallery & Custom Framing, That Shop in Milford, Ulmer’s Auto Care, Wiebold Studio and WOBO among others.
Art Affaire proceeds support GMAHS community programming and the maintenance of Promont, an 1865 Italianate house museum owned and operated by GMAHS.