BIG STONE GAP — The Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park will hold its annual True Art Showcase and Children’s Contest from Oct. 1 through Oct. 20, a celebration of the works of area artists.
True Art, named in honor of the museum’s first curator, James True, features the works of today’s local artists in a show that celebrates the creativity and talents of friends and neighbors. Works in a variety of mediums will be displayed throughout the museum. Regular admission rates apply.
The deadline for submitting art for the showcase is Sept. 27. Due to limited presentation space, submissions are held to four pieces per artist. Participation forms are available at the museum during regular operating hours.
The showcase will also include a student art competition reflecting this year’s theme, “Scenery of Southwest Virginia,” open to students in grades K-12. Entries should portray some aspect of Southwest Virginia’s culture, history and/or natural surroundings.
Drawings and paintings are welcome for the student competition and the museum requests a maximum size of 11 inches by 17 inches, and smaller is good too.
All entries should be accompanied by the student’s name, school name and grade level. Judges will consider entries in competitive grade level groups of K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. All submissions should be received by the museum by Sept. 24.
Winning entries will be on display in the museum throughout the True Art Showcase. Winners in each group will receive certificates at a reception held at the museum on Oct. 6.
For more information, call the museum at (276) 523-1322.