Two days remaining before the Tulip Time Art In Bloom (AIB) competition deadline, Cindy Awrey, a four-time top 20 AIB artist, had completed two pieces of artwork to submit for the 2018 competition. While sitting in her Bible study, she was struck with inspiration to create a piece from a graphic approach focusing on black and white. As is the case with most of her pieces, Cindy finished the piece within the day; unlike her other pieces, this piece was made with acrylic paint instead of her usual oil paint medium, as oil takes weeks to dry and she only had one day left!

To Cindy, the importance of Tulip Time is that it draws people together. Wandering through the sites of the festival, Cindy was inspired by the diversity of festival-goers. Visitors of different walks of life come together in unity for this celebration of tulips, Dutch heritage, and community. Cindy aimed to capture this aspect of Tulip Time in her piece.

Together can be interpreted many ways, but my intention is a positive message encouraging people to come together and enjoy the celebration.”

Cindy describes her winning artist experience as completely surreal; from her name being announced as the winner to seeing her artwork come to life on mugs, shirts, and posters to riding atop a vintage car in the Muziekparade, she reflects that AIB is a great boost for artists in our area and contributes significantly to the vibrant artistic culture in Holland, Michigan. 


Submission forms are now available for the 2019 Tulip Time AIB competition. The submission deadline is October 4, 2018. Full details can be found at: