By MAGGIE MENDERSKI
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
HANNIBAL, Mo. – Cave Hollow West Winery will highlight five local artists' work this autumn.
The winery, along with Hannibal Arts Council, has named Susan Osterhout of Hannibal the inaugural winner of the Artist Series Wine Label Contest.
Michael Gaines, executive director of the HAC, said area 14 artists submitted 34 entries of Hannibal-themed paintings, drawings and photographs to the contest. While HAC had only intended to select one piece, Gaines said the quality and variety of the entries warranted featuring five pieces of art on five different wine labels.
"In the process they figured out we had such good entries," Gaines said. "They went ahead and decided to include local artist in other labels."
Osterhout's sepia-tone photograph of the Tom and Huck Statue at the north end of Main Street will be incorporated into a label for Cave Hollow West Winery's newest wine, the Chambourcin. Other new wines, featuring the work of Hannibal residents Martha Mudd Adrian, Brenda Beck Fisher, Len Moss and Bonnie Stewart, will be available later this fall.
Gaines said the winery had hoped to release the Chambourcin in early November but the partial government shutdown delayed the process as all wine labels must be approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
"The wine is done, but the approval process for the labeling has been a little behind," Gaines said.
The first contest had a three-week turn around period, and Gaines speculates many of the pieces had been completed prior to the competition. Next year, HAC plans to give artists several months notice to complete original work for the contest.
"There is a commitment to use local art for the wine," Gaines said. "They're committed to recognizing local artist and have realized that this is a great resource."