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‘Benches’ winners announced

Tinley Park MainStreet Commissichairman Mike Clark (left) poses for phowith bench award winner Jennifer Lilly Mayor Ed Zabrocki. Lilly wJudges’

Tinley Park MainStreet Commission chairman Mike Clark (left), poses for a photo with bench award winner Jennifer Lilly and Mayor Ed Zabrocki. Lilly won the Judges’ Choice Award for her bench titled “Little Red Riding Hood.” | Supplied photo

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Updated: October 9, 2013 6:11AM



The winners of Tinley Park’s 10th annual Benches on the Avenue public art project were announced during the summer season’s final Music in the Plaza event at Zabrocki Plaza.

Tinley Park Mayor Ed Zabrocki and MainStreet Commission chairman Mike Clark presented the awards.

Winners included “The Princess and the Pea” by Amanda Cichoracki, who won Best First-Time Participant; and “Jack and the Beanstalk” by Nick Schulien, who won Best Portrayal of a Theme.

The Judges’ Choice Award went to Jennifer Lilly for her bench titled “Little Red Riding Hood,” and the Best Use of Materials award went to Babeth Kopf for “The Wizard of Oz.”

Other winners included “Beware of the Sugar Sweet Lair” by Marty Rose and Don Zak, who won Most Creative; “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?” by Garrett Gray and Phillip Gerk, who won Best Family Project; “Where the Wild Things Are” by the Illinois Institute of Art’s Tinley Park Team, who won Best Group Project; and “The Lorax” by Lizette Marcin Lehmans, who won Best Young Artist.

The judging panel included Julie Dekker, Vogt Visual Arts Center director; Karen Wegrzyn, Tinley Park Chamber of Commerce executive director; Mona Serpe, Tinley Park Garden Club president; Regina Ziemann, Moraine Valley Community College art appreciation teacher; JeanPaul Ferrer, Tinley Park Rotary Club president; Bill Vandermolen, St. George PTA; and Robbyn Yuen, of Creative Cakes.

To learn more about each bench and the artists, visit www.tinleypark.org.



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