Arboretum to host art show competition

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Entries are now being accepted for an art show planned at the Crosby Arboretum for April.
The plan is to hold the show at the attraction’s most notable structure, the Pinecote Pavilion, but current renovations may cause a change in venue, said Senior Curator Jill Mirkovich.
Currently the show is planned to be held from April 10 to 12, weather permitting, Mirkovich said.
The two-day event will end the same day the arboretum’s annual Strawberries and Cream event, Mirkovich said.
Arboretum volunteer Will Sullivan said he came up with the idea to hold the art show as a way to display art using the iconic Pinecote Pavilion as a backdrop. He said the plan is to make the show an annual event.
The show will feature two categories. The first is visual arts, which can entail oil, acrylic, watercolor, drawings and photography. There will also be a 3-D category that can include sculptures, ceramics, metal, wood and heritage crafts.
Awards with monetary prizes will be issued in both categories.
The first place winner will receive $150 along with a family membership to the arboretum and a copy of a book written by Robert Brzuszek entitled “The Crosby Arboretum.”
Second place winners will take home $75 along with a family membership to the arboretum.
Third place winners will receive $50 along with six day passes to the arboretum.
Pieces for this show should reflect the features, flora, fauna and culture of the Piney Woods region.
Proceeds from the event will be put towards construction of the long awaited education center at the arboretum.
A $10 charge will be incurred for each entry.
Students in grades seven through 12 are also encouraged to submit work for the show. While monetary prizes will not be issued in this age group, student art can be submitted for free. Prizes for first place will include a plaque along with a family membership to the arboretum, second place participants will receive a ribbon and a six day passes while third place recipients will be given a ribbon and two day passes. Categories for students are the same as those for adults.
The last day to submit an entry to the show is April 9, by 4 p.m.
Artists are limited to three entries for this event, but their art can be sold to the public during the show without commission.

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