Creston’s Paul Dawkins wins people’s choice award at Cranbrook art show

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Paul Dawkins with his award-winning piece

Paul Dawkins with his award-winning piece

Creston’s Paul Dawkins won the people’s choice award at the Cranbrook and District Arts Council’s VisArts 2013 adjudicated exhibition and sale. The piece, The Woodman Artist, a concrete sculpture, captured the title and a $300 prize at the exhibition, which ran from May 7-June 1.

Dawkins, who spent part of last summer creating a sand sculpture in front of the Ramada Creston Hotel, has won international awards for concrete landscape rocks, but this is the first time he’s won an award in a completion comparing 2D and 3D objects.

Concrete is the major part of Dawkins’ Greenway Creations products, which include furniture. He is currently enrolled in an 85-week course through Creston’s Community Futures self-employment program, developing concrete, wood and straw bale buildings, and self-sustaining off-the-grid energy systems and venue. He will also be teaching concrete sculpting through the College of the Rockies this month.

Dawkins has enjoyed an artistic lifestyle for 40 years, and has lived in Creston for nearly two, which he credits with helping him to grow spiritually, blending artistic and green ways of thinking.