The winning artists have been selected for the third annual Dublin Area Art League (DAAL) calendar contest.

The winning artists have been selected for the third annual Dublin Area Art League (DAAL) calendar contest.

"The first thing we said when we hung them (for the exhibit) was they are going to have a hard time picking just 12," DAAL president Cindy Bryden said of the contest entries.

The art league received 44 submissions by 22 artists for the calendar. The winners were selected last week by art teachers from the three Dublin high schools.

This year's theme, "Life is good in Dublin," was new to the contest.

"We wanted the artists to give their interpretation of what they thought makes life good in Dublin," Bryden said. The former theme, "Distinctly Dublin," became too rigid for artists, she said.

"We were getting monuments; it looked like a brochure for Dublin," Bryden said. "This year we wanted it to be much broader and something the artists felt strongly about and would really enjoy painting."

DAAL member Betty Thompson painted a watercolor of 91 S. High St.

"It's a portrait of a house," the Powell resident said. "It's changed hands at least three times. My daughter had a shop across the street doing gift baskets and I remember looking at that all the time. In fact I went over to the house and bought lunch there several times. Painting it brought back a lot of good memories."

This was Thompson's first time submitting a piece to the contest.

"Well, I'm thrilled to be in that calendar," said Thompson, 81. "I think it's wonderful. To me, to keep those houses along that street, I think it's great they are doing that. It's just a nice old street with shady trees and it's fun to sit under one and paint."

Work selected for the calendar was created by Sharyl Chickerella Flory, Hilary Frambes, Aida Garity, Angela Gage, Jim Glover, Bev Goldie, Karen Jesko, Sue Anne Rose, Rich Sharick and Thompson.

Calendars are in the process of being printed and will be available for $12 beginning in July. The first opportunity to purchase the 2009 calendar will be at the Celebration of Art fair Saturday, July 19, on the front law of Indian Run Elementary, 80 W. Bridge St. The event will feature about 100 local artists.

For more information about the exhibit or calendar, visit