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Local artist wins Montgomery holiday card contest

Each year, the Montgomery City Council members and staff send out holiday cards to those who have served or enhanced the community during the past year.

In 2015, Montgomery City Council asked the Arts Commission to coordinate an art contest to generate some new choices for the card’s front panel.

Selected for the 2017 holiday card is an original design of Universalist Church by Paul Oliver. Oliver’s art was chosen from a field of over a dozen entries. It depicts the Universalist Church during the holidays. He will receive recognition as the artist on the cards, as well as a Montgomery-themed gift basket.

After graduating from the Cincinnati Art Academy, Oliver worked as a commercial artist for years before going to work for Velva Sheen, a Cincinnati-based licensed and custom apparel printing company, in their art department. He designed imprinted sportswear for several clients such as Disney, Major League Baseball, Warner Bros., and several universities and colleges.

“The one thing that stands out for me were my years at the Art Academy where I was lucky enough to have Charley Harper as a professor,” explained Mr. Oliver. “His influence on me carried with me through my entire career. His style of art was, and is, a big part of my design. Being selected for the City of Montgomery holiday card is a huge honor for me.”

Mr. Oliver is married and has two kids and three grandchildren. He still enjoys working on different art projects for friends and family.

“We were delighted with Mr. Oliver’s submission. It not only captured the season, but also features the historic Universalist Church, Montgomery’s most significant and recognized landmark.  We are excited to share this artwork with the community this holiday season,” noted Art Commission Chair Christine Genovese.