Poster Contest Winner!

August 10, 2020

The Hurleyville Performing Arts Centre is happy to announce the winner of our inaugural Main Street Poster Contest:

Rohan Patrick

In Need of A…

In this time what some of us needs most is a hug. A hug is a form of endearment, universal in human communities, in which two or more people put their arms around the neck, back, or waist of one another and hold each other closely. If more than two people are involved, it may be referred to as a group hug.

– Rohan Patrick

Rohan’s work focuses on the interdisciplinary space between technologies and the arts, exploring the cultural and communicative potential of multi media arts. Rohan is a graphic designer and teacher and is a resident of Monticello.

All are invited to attend an artist reception, being held outdoors on the Gallery 222 porch at 2:00pm on Sunday, November 22, 2020.


About the Main Street Poster Contest

The Hamlet of Hurleyville has become a welcoming arts refuge focused on inclusivity and anchored by The Hurleyville Performing Arts Centre. HPAC sits on main street just adjacent to the one newly installed traffic light in town that allows pedestrians to safely cross between the Arts Centre and satellite space Gallery 222 as well as the miles of walking paths either side of Main Street.

The HPAC building boasts five 5 foot backlit frames high above main street. “We initially used these poster boxes to advertise what we offer at HPAC; fine art movies, performances and movement classes but it’s clear what we need now during divisions caused by the pandemic and politics is public art. This is another way we have found to share art with the community and by the community… to stay connected. It’s kind of a giant love note” says Erin Dudley HPAC’s Executive Director.

Gallery 222 coordinator and project lead Ellyane Hutchinson was ‘pleasantly surprised by the number of applicants and all of the wonderful images and stories from our community artists. With so much talent around us we plan for this contest to become an annual opportunity to share the work of local artists in a prominent way.”

Rohan Patrick’s images could not come at a better time. Aside from the obvious appeal of hugs “In Need of A…?” the series reflects HPAC’s mission of building a culture of inclusion and social awareness. “ I am honored to be a part of the project. We are not limited to a small gallery space. This project is in a small town but has huge implications. I had no idea how therapeutic hugs are until after I did the first drawing and started researching hugs. We usually help people we care about and this good feeling needs to come into being – I think we are at a point where if we don’t hold onto some things we are going to lose a lot.” – Rohan Patrick


Questions & Contact

If you have any questions, contact Ellyane Hutchinson at with “Poster Project” in the subject line.

* The duration of the installation can be changed at the sole discretion of the staff and board of the Hurleyville Performing Arts Centre.