The Sierra Brothers of Placencia Village have won the Placencia Lobsterfest T-shirt Artwork Competition for the second consecutive year.
Grayson and Omar, ages 21 and 24 took a more intimate approach in this competition that was very different from the more expansive festival scene depicted in their 2012 submission. The 2013 winning artwork portrays a close-up shot of two fishermen standing in a small skiff and removing a spiny lobster from a traditional wooden lobster trap.
Inspiration for the painting came from a photograph on display at the Placencia Producers Cooperative seaweed processing plant. The Sierra Brothers say they were struck by the photo, which featured popular Placencia fishermen brothers, Dale and Louis Godfrey. “We decided that this would be the best way to have grassroots people representing something that everyone loves and enjoys,” said Omar. Of course it may have also been the appeal of another set of hard working Belizean brothers.
A graphic art submission from The Flying Pig proprietor, Patrick Gonzalve, joined the Sierra Brothers’ painting for voting at “A Taste of the Peninsula” – the sixth annual benefit for the Placencia Volunteer Fire Department held at the Tipsy Tuna on March 9. The Sierras won the competition with 73 votes while Gonzalve’s entry took 53 votes. “It feels good to have our art join the ranks of popular local artists and previous Lobsterfest winners like Anton Leslie and Ernest Garcia,” said Grayson. “Maybe we’ll give someone else a chance next year.”