Canaan woman wins GFWC Clubwomen Photography Contest

FREEPORT — A Women’s Club member from Canaan was the winner of the Maine General Federation of Woman’s Clubs annual clubwomen photography show.
The winner of the show, as well as the GFWC’s high school student art show, were announced by the art department chair, artist Barbara Hathaway, of Wilton, at the GFWC Maine Convention,which was held at the Hilton Garden Inn.

The clubwoman photography contest was won by GFWC Maine President Nancy Ames, of Canaan. Ames won first place in color, “The World in Pictures,” “Living Things,” 1st color in still life and 1st Place color in “Volunteer In Action.”
The Clubwoman Poetry Contest was won by Jean Lawrence, of the Waldoboro Woman’s Club. Her poem, “Bertha’s Gift,” was about the making of the flag of the state of Maine. Roberta Morrill, of Westbrook, was juror for the poetry contest.
The Club Creativity Award Entry was won by GFWC Maine Castine Woman’s Club and was the best narrative for Art In The Community reporting for 2018. The club has partnered with Wilson Museum and the Museum’s Hutchins Education Center, offering 20-plus art-related workshops, lectures and activities to the community.
High school students participated from across the state, sponsored by a local GFWC Maine club, participated in the high school art contest.
Jurors for the high school art contest were artist Mary Brooking, of Westbrook, photographer Morgain Bailey, of Kingfield, and Hal Thomas, of Westbrook.
Awards of Merit went to Abigail Ouellette, ninth grade, and Angelana Darling, 12th grade, both of Gorham, sponsored by the Gorham Woman’s Club.
Honorable Mention went to Mennan Ratib, 10th grade, Westbrook.
Fourth place went to Emma Henry, 12th grade, Ellsworth, sponsored by the Castine Woman’s Club.
Third place went to Naaki Lento, 12th grade, George Stevens Academy, Blue Hill, sponsored by the Castine club.
Second place was Autumn Heil, 12th grade, Gorham.
The first place winner was Mackenzie Tapley, 12 grade, George Stevens Academy.
The art show and contest help encourage the high school art students to continue in the arts and gives them experience in showing their art work. The top four winners received monetary awards, ribbons and certificates.
Art department Chair Hathaway studied art at the University of Augusta and gives art instruction with scheduling in Farmington Community Adult Education brochures and website. Lessons are given at the Hathaway Art Studio & Gallery in Wilton, Maine. GFWC Maine has a Northern District president, Libby Wiers, of St. Albans and Southern District co-presidents, Norma Manning, of Westbrook, and Patricia Currier, of Scarborough. The clubwomen held high school student art shows, and the winning art work was enter into the convention art show. Their efforts encouraged several high schools to participate in this art program. New members are welcome. For more information on GFWC Maine, visit