Thornapple Woodpecker Festival
April 26-27, 2013
Nature Art Contest/Exhibit Rules
1 Two categories, Photography and Other. And two sub-categories: Professional and Amateur. The Other category includes painting, drawing, collage, and sculpture. No videos. A student is a person age 17 or under, and students may compete in either the Professional or Amateur categories.
2 Works must depict birds, animals, plants, natural scenery, or other nature theme. Scenery may include buildings and people, but should emphasize nature.
3 Works may range in size from 4x6 inches to 24 x 36 inches. Must include an information sticker affixed to the back of the work that gives the name of artist and contact information. Sticker will be provided by the Committee if the artist does not have one already.
4 Item must be original, completed by the exhibitor in the last two years.
5 Entry fee: $5 per item for adults, $2 for students. A few photos mounted as a group in one mat or frame will be counted as one entry. Two or more drawings in one frame would be a collage.
6 Minor photographic adjustments, including spotting, dodging and burning, sharpening, contrast and slight color adjustment or the digital equivalents, are acceptable. Moving or adding objects in a photo or substantially changing colors will qualify it for the “Other” art category, to be considered as a digital drawing.
7 Photos and two-dimensional art must be framed or matted or mounted to a backing that is stiff enough to stand up alone. Artist may, optionally, attach a 2x3 inch, up to 3x5 inch, card that will enhance the educational value of the art. The card might state a title, the species depicted, location, what the subject is doing, etc. If art is for sale, a price may be shown.
8 Art works should be delivered to the Village Hall registration booth on Friday, April 26, between 8:30 AM and noon, or earlier by arrangement. They may be picked up after the close of the exhibit, 4:30 pm Saturday, at the Village Hall registration booth, or thereafter as arranged. Artwork not retrieved by May 30 will become the property of the Thornapple Trail Association (TTA).
9 There will be three place prizes in each of the four categories. Prizes will be a trophy. Winners will be determined by popular ballot.
10 Decisions of the Art Committee are final. The Thornapple Trail Association will take every precaution to ensure protection of artwork. However, TTA, and its staff and volunteers will not be responsible for any loss or damage.
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The Thornapple Woodpecker Festival (exhibits, tours, and talks), the Nature Art Show, and the Woodpecker Ball are three separate events. You may register for all three or any one or combination with the same registration form on the web site. Admission to view the Art Exhibit is free and open to the public. woodpeckerfest.webs.com