BELMONT — Visitors to the T.C. Steele State Historic Site on May 20 had an opportunity to enjoy the final Festival of Flowers PaintOut. The plein air competition has drawn to a close after 18 years.

The historic site will continue to offer the annual September PaintOut, the Great Outdoor Art Contest, one of the oldest plein air painting competitions in the state.

More than 50 artists worked on the site grounds from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Food was provided by Brozinni’s Pizzeria of Nashville.

The Friends of T.C. Steele also celebrated the unveiling of the site’s new historic marker. The new marker is the second in the state dedicated to Steele and highlights the contributions of the painter’s second wife, Selma N. Steele, in the creation of the historic gardens. The president of Friends of T.C. Steele, David Steele, was instrumental in bringing the new marker to the historic site.

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Winners of the PaintOut were chosen by judges William Borden, Tricia Hillenburg and Pamela Newell; prizes were awarded in six categories.

Ages 12 and younger

First: Elizabeth Mattos, Bloomington

Second: Thomas Kinder, Nashville

Third: Emma Szalkie, Indianapolis

Honorable mentions: Mason Davis, Bloomington; Caleb Herron, Indianapolis; Ella Lyell, Nashville

Ages 13 to 18

First: Alexandria Robinson, Orleans

Second: Hope Cockerham, Seymour

Adult Oil

First: Mary Ann Davis, Indianapolis

Second: Todd Derr, Owensboro, Kentucky

Third: Thom Robinson, Nashville

Honorable mentions: Anne Karine Bley, Bloomington; Sondra Cromwell, Arcadia; James Stahlhut, Franklin

Adult Acrylic

First: Stephen Miller, Westfield

Second: David Voelpel, Indianapolis

Third: Marilyn Stone, Worthington

Adult Watercolor

First: Kay Fox, Seymour

Second: Nancy Davis Metz, Bloomington

Third: Donnie Mattos, Bloomington

Honorable mention: Betty Wagoner, Bloomington

Adult Mixed Media/Drawing/Other

First: Donna Shortt, Indianapolis

Second: Andrea Cukier, New York, New York

Third: Avon Waters, Converse

People’s Choice, selected through secret ballot by artists and visitors in both the child/teen categories and separately in the adult categories, was awarded to the first-place teen pastel by Alexandria Robinson and the first-place adult watercolor by Kay Fox.

The Festival of Flowers Paint Out is co-sponsored by the Friends of T.C. Steele State Historic Site.