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Feb 4, 2005

Painting competition for a pre-stamped envelope at La Poste

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For the third year in a row, the association St B’Art and La Poste (the French postal service) with support from the municipality, organized a competition open to all painters on the island, amateur and professional.The winning painting has been reproduced on 1000 pre-stamped envelopes that are for sale in the island's post offices. The 31 competing paintings were on display at Town Hall on Thursday, January 13, during the award ceremony when the winners were announced. While the theme for the competition was culture in St. Barts, more than half of the paintings were of colorful landscapes with traditional St. Barts houses, while others opted to depict women in traditional flowered dresses and pleated cotton bonnets on their heads. Some of the most original were nautical scenes with traditional sailboats as well as images of the Wall House or the salt ponds. The most surprising of the paintings was a collage by Hélène Michel-Donadieu with the island's emblem with . The thrid place prize of 400 euros went to a very emotional Josiane Piallou, who immediatey kissed painter Antione Heckly who had been her teacher. Second place, a prize of 600 euros, was presented to Louis "Pompi" Lédée, while Veronique Vander Noot won the top prize of 1000 euros and her painting appears on the postal envelopes. First deputy mayor, Yves Greaux, annouced that the municipality supports this annual event that helps "diffuse an image of St. Barts throughout the world by way of a pre-stamped envelope." The paintings are on display at the main Post Office in Gustavia until February 14, and the envelopes have been on sale since
Cécile Lucot


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