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MWM Press Release. February 21, 2020

Simply Sunflowers and the Museum of the White Mountains have been collaborating on a project that connects Plymouth State student artists/designers to the wider community of Plymouth. The Simply Sunflowers Sticker Design Competition began with Simply Sunflowers’ owner, Jaime Pauley’s appreciation of a PSU Alum artist, Courtney Minnehan, whose stickers now sell like hot cakes at the store. The idea of making it a competition came from a PSU Market research class recommendation. Jaime’s goal is to help to forge closer connections between PSU student and Plymouth’s downtown. She has been an essential business partner for the Museum’s Walkabout Wednesday project since the beginning in 2015.

This project provides an opportunity for student artists to create a real world art product. It also provides a way to thank Simply Sunflowers for their support of the Museum’s work by highlighting the creative business Jaime has built via MWM marketing channels and a visual display at the Museum.

The Museum of the White Mountains collaborated with Simply Sunflowers to connect the project to the PSU Student Art Collective, who then hosted Courtney Minnehan at their October meeting where she shared her experience of creating her sticker business. The Museum created an online submission process , contracted the MWM Student Graphic Designer to create a promotional flyer, sent out the information via social media channels, helping to get the word out to art students.

The Simply Sunflowers Sticker Design Competition theme is:  “What does Plymouth NH mean to you?” And the designs show different student perspectives on this idea.

The submitted designs are now on view at Simply Sunflowers (on Main Street) and the vote for the design that will be produced and sold at the store is now open to the public.

All proceeds from the sale of the stickers will be donated by Simply Sunflowers to the Student Art Collective. Jaime Pauley is considering making this an annual competition.

A special event to celebrate all of the students and their designs, with a final voting opportunity, as well as to announce the winning design will be on March 19, 6pm at The Museum of the White Mountains, and will have refreshments sponsored by Simply Sunflowers. The winner announcement will be immediately followed by ArtJam, a fun music event, designed by MWM Undergraduate Fellow, Mary Thompson.