Currently, there is only a Featured Breed in the Competitions venue of the festival and no longer in the Sheep Shows. Previous years, we had featured breeds during sheep shows, sponsored by the breeder's association. Now the Competiions are the only ones with an annual Featured Breed. The Artwork Contest does not use or require use of this Featured Breed as is in the case of the Jacob's Ram in the 2013 artwork below.
2013 Competitions Featured Breed: Cheviot
The 2013 Featured Artwork is based on original artwork by Jerilyn Weber.
Jerilyn Weber July, 2013
Fine Art Animal Portraits
Jerilyn Weber's love of animals and her understanding of the deep connection we have with them, have made her one of the most gifted animal portrait artists working today.
"I understand the importance an animal has in its owner's life and I am dedicated to making a painting of that animal the best it can be. A portrait is not only a visual representation of our beloved companions, but also reflects the enduring love we have for them."
Working in pastels, Weber is able to capture not only the outward appearance of an animal, but also its distinct personality. Her work is characterized by a rich palette and attention to detail.
Weber exhibits regularly and has received numerous awards for her work. She has been a multiple first place winner in the New York Dog Fanciers art competitions and has been featured in such national publications as "Equine Vision Magazine", "Polo Players' Edition" and "Canine Images" magazine. Her work may be found in private collections throughout the US, Canada and Europe. She is a founding member of the New Jersey Equine Artists' Association.
We are currently accepting entries for our 2015 artwork contest. If you are interested in entering, please see the details here.
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