Gloomy weather spurred Rebecca Lewis to undertake a project that is now a bright spot among her artistic endeavors.

An acrylic painting of a path winding through the pavilion gardens earned Lewis (Arch ’12) first prize, worth $500, in the annual art contest sponsored by the UVA Alumni Association. “The week I found out about the contest it had been very rainy and gray on Grounds, so I began looking through my photo albums to find something not so dreary,” recalls Lewis, of Culpeper, Va.

The garden paths appealed to her. “I remember first year, discovering those locations and thinking about how they were an intimate niche where you could escape the hustle and bustle of your daily life and re-collect your thoughts.”