Venice artist Jeff Verges has been named the winner of the Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation’s Twilight Dance Series Poster Contest for the third time.

Verges was selected after more than 120 contest entries were received and more than 4,000 people voted. Verges, who has lived in Venice since 1999, previously won the poster contest in 2005 and 2006. He will receive $750 and a VIP package for the 2008 Twilight Dance Series season.

His winning poster design features a mermaid known as the “Summer Siren,” which will become the centerpiece of the ten-week concert series on the Santa Monica Pier. The design will be used in display advertising, posters, flyers and banners.

Several of Verges’s poster designs have been featured at the Venice Music Festival, the Venice Centennial ceremony and the Venice Carnivale.

The Twilight Dance Series is scheduled to begin June 26th and continue every Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. through August 28th at the Santa Monica Pier.

This year’s series line-up includes the West Coast debuts of Carmen Consoli of Italy, the Bachata Roja Legends from the Dominican Republic, and the reunion after more than 30 years of Peter and Gordon.

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