2014-05-31 / News

Diane Neyer Wins This Year’s Lilac Festival Poster Contest

By Katherine Ranzenberger


This year’s Lilac Festival poster is of Ste. Anne’s Catholic Church and was painted by Diane Neyer. It will be available for sale at Island shops. This year’s Lilac Festival poster is of Ste. Anne’s Catholic Church and was painted by Diane Neyer. It will be available for sale at Island shops. Diane Neyer spent a week putting brush to canvas in hopes of winning this year’s Lilac Festival poster contest. She won the contest in 2009, when the theme was Arch Rock. The owner of Metivier Inn said she was grateful to win this year because many talented artists enter the contest.

“It’s always fun,” Mrs. Neyer said of the poster contest. “I like the challenge of participating.”

This year’s theme is Ste. Anne’s Catholic Church. Mrs. Neyer and her husband, Ken Neyer, attend Ste. Anne’s.

Second place in the Tourism Bureau contest this year was Kevin Barton. Melissa Croghan took third place and Bridget Beattie was awarded honorable mention from among 15 entries.

Mrs. Neyer used her own technique to create the texture for the lilacs in her painting. She painted from a photograph of the church and added a wedding carriage and the lilacs to it, naming her work “Ste. Anne’s at Lilac Time.” She painted in oil on canvas.

Although she’s been painting seriously for only the last 15 years, Mrs. Neyer has had a lifelong love of art.

“It’s just gratifying,” she said. “You put a lot of effort into it.”

The Island community, she said, is supportive of the arts.

“It’s nice to be in a group with a lot of other people who love it,” she said of the pastime. The contest “is a nice addition to the Lilac Festival to have a poster of the Island. People look forward to it. It’s a nice fundraiser. The art talent [here] is phenomenal..”

Mrs. Neyer’s painting will be available for purchase as a print during the Lilac Festival from June 6 to June 15.

Her painting of Mission Church came in third place last year.

Next year, artists will be invited to paint Trinity Episcopal Church. The church series will continue in 2016 with Little Stone Church.

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