OURAY – From detailed Mesker Bros. facades to Victorian gingerbread and colorful murals, Ouray is full of color.
Now, the community is one of hundreds competing in a national contest to find the “Prettiest Painted Places in America.”
The competition, sponsored by the Paint Quality Institute in Spring House, Pa., a leading source of information on paints and coatings, was last conducted in 2000 when towns such as Cape May, N.J., Lake Charles, La., and Telluride won top honors.
“The purpose of Prettiest Painted Places is to identify and recognize those towns and neighborhoods that best demonstrate how exterior paint can enhance the appearance of an entire community,” explained Debbie Zimmer, a paint and color expert for the Paint Quality Institute.
Throughout the past summer, cities, towns, historical districts, and neighborhoods have been entering the competition. Later this month, a panel of judges will choose 60 places as finalists, 10 each from six geographic regions of the U.S.
After further research, a panel of judges from major media outlets will select one small place and one large town or city from each region as the 12 Prettiest Painted Places in America. The winners will be extensively promoted in a national publicity campaign conducted by the Paint Quality Institute.
To learn more about the competition, visit the Paint Quality Institute website at http://blog.paintquality.com/. Information and photo galleries on the 60 finalists will be posted there later in September.