Fifth Year for Portland, ME

The City of Portland, ME opened their Fifth Annual NAP Exhibition with a wonderful awards reception held on March 4, 2011. The reception was held in the State of Maine room conveniently located in City Hall where the artwork is on display. This enabled all attendees the opportunity to view the 107 pieces of artwork prior to entering the reception room. The ceremony was opened with warm words from Acting City Manager Pat Finnigan, followed by the presentation of the Fifth Anniversary Award to Coordinator Karen Seymour by NAP Program Coordinator Robyn Raskin.

Many of the winners were on hand to accept their awards including first time entrant Deanna Pelletier, who was completely overwhelmed when she was awarded First Place in the Amateur category. Her husband, a fellow participant and Portland Policeman for more than 20 years, encouraged her to enter her photograph in the show. Deanna remarked, “I can’t believe that I won first place! This is so encouraging!”

It is always a privilege for the NAP staff to attend awards receptions across the country and see such personal reactions to our program. We would like to congratulate all of this year’s participants and we truly hope that our program continues to thrive in Portland.

Kimberly Adams

Arthropods
Kimberly Adams
Amateur, Second Place
Photography
Employee; Facilities Management