There are two age groups, 7-12 and 13-18 and the deadline is in two weeks, July 31, at 5:30 p.m.
All of the submitted artwork will be displayed at The Frame Shop during August, giving viewers the chance to vote. The artwork will also be posted on Facebook.
Both Facebook likes and votes submitted into a drop box at The Frame Shop will go toward the final count of votes for each contestant.
This is the first time The Frame Shop has held this contest, but owner Sarah Culbertson-Stokes expects it will become an annual occurrence.
“We’ll see how this first one goes, maybe we’ll tweak it a little bit,” Culbertson-Stokes said. “They’re fairly large age groups at this point so maybe in the future we’ll add another age group to kind of even out the chances.”
The winner in each age group will receive a free custom framing consultation and frame. Their winning artwork along with up to three additional pieces by each winner will be displayed on the Artist of the Month wall during the month of November.
“We wanted to get the young people involved, give them a chance to experience the art world and be part of it and have their art on display and get them involved in framing,” Culbertson-Stokes said. “We want them to learn how to frame their artwork and how to display it for the masses.”
So far, only two contestants, both in the 13-18 age group, have submitted artwork, but Culbertson-Stokes expects more as the deadline approaches.
“Usually with this type of thing, people tend to do it last minute,” she said.
Contestants aren’t too limited by what they can do. It is limited to visual art, but other than that, the sky is the limit. It’s open to painting, drawing, photography, mixed media, collages, and almost anything else that can be put in a frame.
“If you don’t try, you can’t win,” Culbertson-Stokes said. “If you don’t put yourself out there, then you’re never going to experience the joy of showing your art and letting people see your perspective on the world.”
Winners will be announced during the First Friday Art walk on September 5 at 6:30 p.m.
Interested participants can sign up at The Frame Shop on Mill Bay Road or online at www.theframeshopak.com/Youth_Art_Contest.html.
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