Sunday, November 1, 2009

The First Annual Autumn Arts Challenge and Competition on Facebook

A Quiet Morning
Oil on Canvas

It's quiet in Flower Mound Studio this morning. Besides the Halloween festivities in our neighborhood last night, entries closed for the first Autumn Arts Painting Challenge on Facebook at midnight last night. My painty pals and fellow contest coordinators Jean Levert Hood and Sandy Askey-Adams were astounded to discover we had over 1000 artists sign up and over 920 entries for our first contest. Global and free, the three of us came up with the idea of a contest that would give even beginning artists a chance to get a toe in the door of the world of art.

Why not open up something to artists everywhere, with no entry fees, and no barriers beyond the ability to post an image on Facebook? With a few weeks of discussion and a healthy amount of caffeine, we recruited three nationally known judges and prizes from some of the best art suppliers in the country. The Pastel Journal and American Artist Magazine, among others, have indicated they want to write about the event, and the historic Bucks County Gallery of Fine Art in New Hope, PA, will be hosting a gala in the spring to showcase the winning entries.

If you joined us for the Autumn Arts Facebook Challenge, thank you so much for creating new works in October and sharing them with us for the judges to review. We've already been asked when the next contest will be. Jean and Sandy and I will put our heads together and come up with some new plans, right after the winners are announced for this one!

Join us on Facebook to hear the updates. And before you peruse those 900 plus Autumn Arts original paintings, I highly suggest a double shot espresso with whippy creme on top. Sugar, caffeine, and painting pals were our secret ingredients!
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