Monday November 1, 2010

City Hall News

City Hall Greeting Card Contest

Gary Zerbe's winning design

Staff/Voice photo


Revised November 3, 2010


Mayor Sharon Gaetz presents Gary Zerbe with a $250 prize and framed print at City Hall on Monday.


ity Hall was looking for the perfect design for this year's official greeting card and they got it.


The public was invited to vote on card designs that were on display at City Hall from Oct. 6th to 13th and Gary Zerbe's design was chosen overall favourite. His card has numerous elements depicted such as a lake, fisherman, golf tee, snow in a tree and what appears to be condominiums done in water colours.

Mayor Gaetz presented Zerbe with a cheque for $250 and one of his cards set in a nice frame.

Gaetz said that it was always a tough decision for them to make and mentioned the residents having to make the decision, but unless the Voice is mistaken there was no call for voting on the cards this year.

"This year was no exception, we had many entries," explained Gaetz. "We had entries from school children, we had entries from every walk of life and every kind of artist."

According to a City Hall press release, Gary and his wife immigrated to Canada from Germany in 1951 and have called Chilliwack home since 2002. As a child, his father gave him a set of water colours and a lifelong hobby was born. Having little formal training in the fine arts, most of Gary's painting is self taught. He retired from mechanical maintenance in 1990 and his spare time is taken up with golfing and creating water colour.

"Gary, we're very thankful to you for taking a risk for putting this forward... you join the ranks of other fine artists."

Zerbe said that he had the painting in an album for a number of years and pulled it out and submitted it when the call for cards went out this year.

Editors note: The Voice erred earlier in reporting that voting on cards this year was done internally, when in fact the public was invited to vote on the cards that were on display at City Hall in the second week of October. The Voice apologizes for any confusion this may have caused.

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