Each year Parkville and Carney get dolled up for the holiday season as part of a window-decorating contest put on by the local business association. On Wednesday morning, the association announced the winners of this year's contest, which had the most participants ever to date.
The contest was judged by local attorney and business association president Ed Pinder — he used the amount and size of windows painted, the amount of detail used and the uniqueness/creative design/imagination of the artwork to decide the winner.
Everyone who participanted won a prize for their school or group.
"Please know that I am not an artist, and I did not try to judge technical abilities," Pinder said in the email announcing the contest winners.
Check out the artwork in the gallery above and the full list of winners below.Place Organization Location Prize Comments from Contest Judge 1st Parkville Dance Power Parkville Rec/Senior Center $225 "Very imaginative; a lot of work on all the different panels and good attention to detail. A huge glass canvas was the talk of the town!" 2nd Parkville High School Fresh & Greens Supermarket, Euro Cafe $200 "Large glass canvas at the Fresh and Greens was laid out beautifully with the Snow men greeting the customers. The work at Cafe Euro incorporated the business nicely."
3rd Parkville Middle School Parkville Animal Hospital, Maryland Information Center $175 "Once again, the middle schoolers are imaginative but also incorporate the business into the art."
4th Loch Raven High School Home & Company $150 "Many many pine trees at Home and Co—also, nice touch by adding the menorah." 5th Girl Scout Troop #1048 Parkville General Dentists $125 "Excellent job of having Santa's bag being full of tooth brushes! Again, great artwork!" 6th Parkville Rec Girls Softball Tim's Towing $125 "Do they handle their bats as carefully as they handled the brushes? Great art—and it looks like the girls had a great time "
7th Parkville Rec Soccer Low-Pro Graphics $125 "Santa in a safety vest! Great way to use Low-Pro graphics into the art." 8th St. Ursula School Hohne Pools $125 "Santa chillin in the hot tub—again, I am just real impressed with the quality of the art work and attention to detail. Very cool." 9th St. John's Lutheran Church Youth Group Murray Cellular $125 "Excellent use of Murray Cellular window—one of the most seen in Parkville with a great reminder of the message for the season 'Peace on Earth'. Great job." 10th Boy Scout Troop 475 Broadcasting Institute of Maryland $125 "The snowman DJ was awesome. Good job with the Santa and Tree also."
"I have heard many positive comments about the art work, and I know from talking to some of the kids that they had fun; and were thrilled to have such a public and large "glass canvas" to work with," Pinder wrote in the email. "You should be proud of not only their artistic abilities but also their civic pride."