Sara Voss, winner of the Made in the Santa Maria Valley logo contest
Sara Voss, winner of the Made in the Santa Maria Valley logo contest
Sara Voss, winner of the Made in the Santa Maria Valley logo contest

A library technician who’s familiar with showcasing other people’s art was the center of attention Tuesday morning when she was recognized as the winner of the “Made in the Santa Maria Valley” logo contest.

Sara Voss, a graphics technician at the Santa Maria Public Library, was the first place selection from more than two dozen entries in the logo contest. More than 300 people from business, manufacturing, local government and general public voted on the designs to determine a winner.

Voss does graphic design for the library, “but it’s nice to get recognition for something that’s just your own,” she said. “I’m really excited.”

The circular logo features soft colors of green and purple with wine grapes in the center and rolling hills in the background “something I get to see every day,” she said.

Voss and her logo were recognized at the monthly Manufacturer’s Forum meeting Tuesday at the Fairpark Fountain Pavilion.

Voss received $400 for her winning entry and a certificate. Her logo will be freely used by manufacturers in marketing material and packaging to promote locally produced products.

Along with Voss, second and third place winners (also women with a background in graphic design) were recognized and awarded $100 and $50, respectively. Second place went to Teresa Rodil, and third place to Melissa Evans Nagel. All designers who entered the contest will receive a certificate of participation for their efforts.

Economic Development Commission Director Dave Cross shows off some of the innovative designs submitted for the logo contest.
Economic Development Commission Director Dave Cross shows off some of the innovative designs submitted for the logo contest.

The contest was sponsored by the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Commission.

~ Justin Stoner, Communications and Marketing Manager