Mera Award Of Excellence Runner Up

I was very happy to participate in this competition and thrilled to named as a runner up!

From The Humm:
MERA (McDonalds Corners & Elphin Recreation & Arts) is delighted to announce that Fred Fowler is the recipient of the 2021 MERA Award for Excellence in the Fine Arts and Fine Crafts, with runners up Catherine Orfald and Cheryl Straby, in recognition of their excellent work. You can read the whole article here.

………Sunny Kerr writes of Cheryl Straby’s clothing designs: “Cheryl Straby’s work is accomplished in its fearless and vivid design and its meticulous artistry.” Cheryl comments that: “My greatest joy is to continue creating beautiful, sustainable and ethically made wearable art clothing and accessories.”

The MERA Award, consisting of a $1000 prize, will be presented to Fred Fowler at a reception on Friday, September 24 from 4–5:30pm at the Schoolhouse in McDonald’s Corners (Covid permitting). Fred will be showing his work, as will Cheryl Straby and Catherine Orfald. Please contact Helen Mogford at with any questions