Shawna Armstrong Names Adirondack Coast ARTWays Project Winner
Event Unveils Winning Artwork Commemorating the "Battle of Plattsburgh Bicentennial"

Plattsburgh, NY9/5/2014 – Friday evening the Strand Center for the Arts and the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau unveiled the winner of the fourth round, “Battle of Plattsburgh Bicentennial” in its Adirondack Coast ARTWays Project.  Focused on the region’s unlikely defeat of the British on September 11, 1814, nine entries were submitted and one winner chosen.  Shawna Armstrong took first place with her artwork entitled “Battle Triptych” followed by Richard Becker in second place with an untitled piece and Donna Austin in third place with “Bagpipe Band in Battle of Plattsburgh Parade 2013”. Shawna Armstrong gave this statement of her winning piece "Having participated in every ARTWays contest since its inception, I was both thrilled and honored to hear I was this round’s winner. The Battle of Plattsburgh is such a large part of this area’s culture, I am excited to see my artwork become a part of that history. I designed this work in three parts in order to highlight multiple aspects of the complex imagery associated with The Battle of Plattsburgh. I’ve never incorporated a rooster in my work before, so that was a fun twist! ARTWays is a great opportunity for artists to interact with the community and I am looking forward to seeing my featured artwork around town.”
Kristy Kennedy, Director of the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau stated, “This round of ARTWays focused on our area's rich history, in particular the Battle of Plattsburgh.  It seemed like a fitting theme with the Bicentennial Commemoration underway. History is a core strength of our destination and Shawna's artwork really depicts the Battle of Plattsburgh in a unique and inviting way. We look forward to sharing it with visitors are they explore our rich history.”
Jessica Dulle, Executive Director of the Strand Center for the Arts stated, "The Strand Center for the Arts is thrilled to be announcing the winner of the 2014 ARTWays juried art competition during the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Plattsburgh.  Shawna Armstrong’s triptych design beautifully aligns with this year's ARTWays theme of history.  Her artwork captures the historic significance of the battle and highlights the talented pool of artists in the area.  We'd like to thank our business members and the North Country Chamber of Commerce for supporting the program."  
As the winner of the fourth round reproductions of Armstrong’s artwork are available on posters, as well as featured in a set of four notecards highlighting the Adirondack Coast ARTWays project winning artwork, and can be purchased at the Strand Center for the Arts and the North Country Chamber of Commerce.
The Strand Center for the Arts and the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau would like to thank all of the Adirondack Coast ARTWays project sponsors:  ADK Yoga, Campus Corner, Community Investment Services, CVPH Medical Center, ETS Staffing, Stafford, Piller, Murnane, Kelleher, Trombley PLLC, Coldwell Banker Whitbeck Associates, La Quinta Inns Plattsburgh, Northern Insuring (Port Jackson Fund), Primelink and the New York State Council on the Arts.


About the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau                                                                                                         
The Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau, a division of the North Country Chamber of Commerce, was established in 1994 as the official tourism promotion agency for the travel and tourism industry in Clinton County, NY. Based in Plattsburgh, NY, the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau contributes to the county's economic development and quality of life by promoting the region as a destination for leisure and group travel with a particular focus on history, agriculture and outdoor recreation including cycling, paddling, fishing, boating and skiing. For more information about Clinton County tourism, please contact the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau at 518.563.1000, visit or log onto



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