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Finey tops Bridge Capital art competition

STORYBOARD wood carver/artist Michael Finey’s 2x4-foot artwork depicting navigators at sea won the grand prize in the 3rd CNMI Bridge Capital Art Competition.

Finey took home $2,500 cash for his Best of Show storyboard titled “Master Navigators.”

The award ceremony was held during the 31st Flame Tree Arts Festival at Civic Center Park in Susupe on Saturday morning.

Finey told the Variety he worked on his winning piece for over a month at a minimum of three hours a day. He has been woodcarving for several years now and gets his motivation from the rich culture of his native island, Yap.

“I always find satisfaction in carving stories in wood, and I’m happy that a lot of my carvings have made their way to homes all around the world,” said Finey, who sells his storyboards to tourists and locals at the I Love Saipan souvenir shop in Garapan.

Finey said  he did not expect to win, as it was his first time to join the annual contest.

“When I saw all the other entries being put on display at the Bridge Capital booth, my spirits dropped. There are a lot of beautiful pieces of artwork and I thought I would never stand a chance,” Finey said.

He said he couldn’t believe it when he saw Bridge Capital staffers putting a yellow ribbon on his work and bringing it to the stage along with three other entries.

To see more of Finey’s woodcarvings, or to order a customized woodcarving, visit I Love Saipan or call him at 233-3535.

Eduardo “Edong” Elenzano’s painting of a father and son at the beach won the first place prize of $1,500 cash while Joseph Weaver’s painting of a huge turtle surfacing in the sea, titled “Peek-a-Boo,” placed second and received $1,000.

Robert Hunter’s painting “Managaha Bound,” depicting a boy on a boat heading toward Managaha, won the third prize of $500.

There were over 40 entries in the adult category.

For the kindergarten to grade 12 category, the winners were Ashley Jeon Ji Hye, Allala Limoico, Michelle Jeon Yi Yeon, Eun Bi Choi, William Blake Deleon Guerrero, Michael Ren, Jerry-Lyn Singeo, Jeremie Tan, Veeney France Revilla, Autumn Dileo, Shim Gun Woo, Yong Jeong Kim and Janela Revilla. The K-12 category winners received $100 each.

Bridge Capital LLC vice chairman and director of business development Shawn A. Scott said the art competition is getting better every year.

“This is the third year of the annual competition, and we can see that the future of the CNMI artists is very bright,” Scott said.

He said this year`s entries were all very good, and the judges had a very hard time choosing the winners.

“Everyone is a winner, all the participants are winners, and we are encouraging more artists to participate,” Scott said.

Bridge Capital is looking into the possibility of coming up with an art gallery for the CNMI, he added.

Winners who were not able to attend the award ceremony last Saturday can claim their prizes at the Bridge Capital office in Garapan. For more information, call 322-2222 or email