The arts council will do everything possible to keep each piece safe, as McGinnis noted. However, submissions of entries are made at the artists’ own risk. It is suggested that artists wanting protection ensure their own pieces. Some homeowner’s policies may include protection and should be checked.
First, second and third-place honors and honorable mentions will be awarded, respectively at $500, $300, $150 and $25 each.
Entries will be accepted at the cultural center Oct. 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Oct. 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.; and Oct. 26, 2-5 p.m. The opening reception will be Nov. 2, 6-8 p.m., with the awards presentation at 7 p.m. Unsold works must be collected Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. or 4-6 p.m. or Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call the arts council at (704) 732-9044 to make any necessary pick-up arrangements.
About the judge
Donna Downey of Lincolnton is this year’s judge.
Downey is an internationally renowned artist, writer, teacher and businesswoman. She is well known for nurturing the creative development of other artists. Her artist’s studio is located on 23 wooded acres and secluded in an idyllic setting. It has been an escape for many artists seeking to grow and fulfill their potential.
Through Downey’s own endeavors, inspirational retreats, mentor opportunities and creative development, she has helped foster the creative journeys of countless artists. By applying proven methods and experiences, she seeks to help artists discover their full potential.
Downey’s work has been seen on “Art Pop” billboards in Charlotte. She has also appeared as a featured artist aboard the Royal Caribbean cruise line’s Oasis of the Sea.
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