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Rooster purchasers select their artists

Canfield Rotarians Larry and Sieglinde Warren selected artist Mark Shohada of Cortland to paint their rooster. The couple are pictured next to one of the 20 all-white roosters that will serve as a 3D canvas for the artists. (Special to the Salem News / J.T. Whitehouse)

CANFIELD — The new Colosseum at the Canfield Fairgrounds saw some activity on Wednesday evening as those who purchased one of 20 white roosters gathered to select the artists who will paint them. Each organization got to make the choice from 20 sample designs submitted by the artists.

“We sold 20 roosters,” said Fair Board Director George Roman. “That is all we are selling.”

Sponsors purchased the roosters for $3,500. That amount goes toward purchasing the white fiberglass rooster and the base to which it will attach. The fee also includes a stipend for the artist who will paint it.

Artists had to submit their designs to a juried board that selected the top 20. Those 20 had their designs put on poster board and placed on display at Wednesday’s event. The purchasers were able to choose in the order they purchased the rooster.

“There were 35 artists submitting designs,” said Bergen Giordani, marketing and sponsorship coordinator for the fair.

After the selections, Giordani contacted the selected artists to arrange pick up for the roosters. The artists will have the spring and summer to complete them and have them ready to flock to the 175th Canfield Fair, where they will be on display. Following the fair, the roosters will be auctioned off and the proceeds will be used toward finishing the new colosseum.

“This should help get everyone excited about attending this year’s fair,” Roman said. “We are hoping this year everything will come together.”

The following are the sponsoring organizations and the artists they selected:

–The Vindicator selected artist Rick Muccio of Warren to paint “Good Morning, Mahoning County.”

–Dave and Dawn Dickey selected Alexis Morozov of New Springfield. Its title is “Under the Feathers.”

–Dickey Electric selected Bob Barko Jr. of Youngstown to paint “The Big Rooster and a Very Fair Coat.”

–The Western Reserve Village selected Emily Dunlap of Canfield to paint “Spring Plumage.”

–Data Com selected Mari Ann Cann of Youngstown to paint “Follow the Fair Map.”

–One Hot Cookie selected Felicia Moss of Ravenna to paint “Grandma’s Cookie Jar.”

–Paige and Byrnes Insurance selected Erin Rivello of Poland to paint “Vincent Van Crow.”

–JAC Live, Eric and April Ryan and family selected Matt Liptak of Alexandria, Va. to paint “When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemon Shakes.”

–Basinger Auctioneers selected Ray Simon of Youngstown. Their design is pending.

–Forty TWO Event Production selected Jody Lee Dean Abrigg of Canfield to paint “Something to Grow About.”

–Window World, Inc. selected Mary Ann Mihaly of Lowellville to paint “Crow for America.”

–The Canfield High School Class of 1961 selected Kate Antal of Boardman to paint “Big Red.”

–Canfield Rotary selected Mark Shohyada of Cortland to paint “Fair Time-Fun Time.”

–Paranzino Bros. Auctions / Bernard Daniels Lumber selected Linda Clark of Hubbard to paint “Enjoying Our Favorites Every Year.”

–Farmer’s National Bank selected Susan Dexter of New Castle, Pa. for “Agri-Cultural.”

–Cocca’s Pizza selected Vance Stevens of Girard to paint “Kandinsky Goes to Mardi Gras.”

–Hill Barth and King selected Stefania Marciniak of Canfield to paint “Glacier Lake Rooster.”

–WKBN selected Dave Buehrle of Austintown to paint “Something to Grow About.”

–The Bob and Mildred Hendricks Family selected Eric Sobek of Washingtonville to paint “All Lit Up.”

–Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC’s artist and design are pending.

jtwhitehouse@tribtoday.com

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