Song of the Sycamore

Song of the Sycamore by Molly Angel.

The Arts Council of Henderson County is making a call for artists to enter Bring Us Your Best XVI, an all media visual art exhibition, which will open with an awards reception on Friday, Aug. 2, from 5-7 p.m.

Regional visual artists from across the spectrum, from part-time hobbyists to full-time professionals, are called to enter their work in Bring Us Your Best, now in its sixteenth year.

The popular exhibition will be co-hosted by Blue Ridge Community College, 180 West Campus Drive, Flat Rock, in the Blue Ridge Conference Hall of the TEDC building. Entries will be received on Monday, July 29, and Tuesday, July 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

A juried and judged competition, Bring Us Your Best XVI offers $3,350 in cash prizes and gift certificates in four categories: 2D, 3D, fine craft, and photography. A new cash prize will be offered this year, the Chrysalis Award, which will be given to encourage emerging artists who are new to showing their work.

Three $100 Chrysalis prizes will be awarded based on excellence in design and execution, as well as potential, in any medium. First, second, and third place cash prizes will be awarded in each of the four categories.

In addition, the Artist’s Choice Award of $300 will be announced during the opening reception, and will be selected by the artists who have work in the show. Ten Honorable Mention awards will also be presented.

The winner of the One Planet, One World award sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville will be announced at the opening reception.

The $250 cash prize will be awarded to the artist whose work best represents a world community recognizing the inherent worth and dignity of all beings; and the oneness and interdependence of all life.

All gallery visitors will be encouraged to vote for their favorite piece in the show, and the “People’s Choice” award winner will be announced at the end of the show. Sponsored by The Starving Artist Art Supply and Framing Shop, the winning artist will receive a $250 gift certificate from The Starving Artist.

Bring Us Your Best XVI will be on display weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday, Aug. 5, through Friday, Aug.16. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public, and accessible to all. All artwork will be for sale.

Artists can find the prospectus with information for entering the show on the Arts Council’s website www.acofhc.org, or by contacting the Arts Council at acofhc@bellsouth.net or 828-693-8504.

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