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The 2016 Call To Artists application process expired on August 28. Please check back in the late spring of 2016 to apply for next year’s First Night Hartford. Thank you to all that submitted applications.

Announcing The First Night Hartford 2016 Logo Graphics Artist Contest Winner.

Winning Prize Was $350!

Our Button Graphics Winner This Year Is!…

Brigitte Soucy/PairDesign

Creativity and her passionate love of animals have flowed through Brigitte’s veins for as long as she can remember. Inspired from the outset to be an artist and own a horse ranch, she has never stopped nourishing those dreams.

Born and raised in Québec, Canada, Brigitte had a desire to widen her horizons and acquire a second language. After attending college one year at home, she moved to the United States, and graduated from the University of Hartford with a Bachelor in Fine Arts.

Growing up with nature as her daily backdrop, she never stopped tapping into the organic world or anything around her for inspiration. Today, she owns her own Art and Design Studio called PairDesign located on the border of Avon and Canton, CT, which she shares with her faithful companion, Hercules, a rescued 11-year old Samoyed.

She also volunteers as a platoon riding trouper in the First Company Governor’s Horse Guards, allowing her to nurture this undeniable love for animals and genuine will to never stop learning. Like Clement Stone said: “Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.”


Graphics will be used on our annual traditional pin-on button given to attendees as well as our website and print materials.
Throughout the years the button has been a collectable commemorative item.
Deadline was June 26, 2015. Thank you to those that submitted their art.

Tell Us Your StorySince we are celebrating the 27th anniversary this year, we would love to hear about your fond memories of attending First Night Hartford over twenty five years.

Can you recall a fun experience…? Do you have a story to share?

If so, we’d love to read about it and post it to this website.

Click here to get started!