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Chamber names SunFest T-shirt art contest winner

Published 11:11am Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The first-ever SunFest art came from the creative juices of John Denney, winner of the T-shirt art design contest.

“It has the state of Alabama, and I think the committee felt it was appropriate because this is a tourism initiative,” said chamber president and CEO Ann Rye. “That’s kind of the whole goal of SunFest – to draw attention to Alexander City and the Lake Martin community.”

Denney said he looked at retro record labels for inspiration to create his design.

“I was a little surprised but happy, of course,” Denney said. “It’s always flattering to be chosen for things like this and especially since this is the inaugural year.”

The contest saw 22 entries from people of all ages, and Rye said they thought they had great participation.

“I think we got representation from a lot of different people,” Rye said. “I don’t think we had anything in mind, what the T-shirt was going to be, because it’s a new event. We had some really good art turned in.”

The committee that chose the designed was composed of members of the newly-formed Lake Martin Young Professionals Group.

“They had lots of good entries, so it was tough,” said Jessica Sanford, one member of the committee. “The state of Alabama is trending right now, so we thought the state would prompt conversation … (and) we wanted something that was gender-neutral and fun.”

Rye said the design will be printed on “vintage, washed blue” Comfort Colors shirts.

“The cut, the fit – all that was important to have a T-shirt you want to put on, sleep in and wear out – something that is nice, quality and comfortable,” Rye said. “We’re really excited.”

T-shirts will be available in pocket and nonpocket options for $20, and tank tops will be available for $15. Rye said they hope to have shirts in within a week at the chamber and at local retail partners.