SOUTHERN CAPE NEWS - The South Cape Association for Visual Arts (Scava) has announced their upcoming open art competition entitled Visual Expressions. This year it will be held in August, again in the Sayers Hall Art Gallery in the George Museum.
Scava chairman Maura St. John says, "This is an advance heads-up to regional artists to finish, frame and submit their entries on time."
"The art intake will take place over two-and-a-half days – Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning, 1 to 3 August."
Unlike previous years, the members of the association will be unable to accept late entries. These will be very busy days, when up to 80 artists will be bringing up to 300 pieces of art to the Sayers Hall.
Independent judging will start on Monday morning 5 August, and once decisions are made an expert will commence hanging each individual piece. The exhibition will be open to the public on Saturday 10 August and will run until the end of the month.
The competition is open to all artists on the Garden Route up to a distance of 250km in any direction from George. That means artworks will be accepted from all artists from Hermanus to Plettenberg Bay on the coastal route and inland to Beaufort West. Entry forms are being dropped off at art material supply stores along the various routes. Artists can also download entry forms from the Scava website. Sculpture, ceramics and miniature art are welcome, as is fabric art.
"Each year this art exhibition grows in stature and popularity," says St.John. "It is the highlight of the Scava year and causes great excitement in the local art world."
The competition will culminate in the awards evening when cash prizes will be awarded to winners in seven categories.
"Many local celebrities and artists, with their families and friends, will attend and enjoy the wonderful vibe when the winners are unveiled. "Those of us who are not winners will be entertained with music, wine and delicious food. I encourage all artists to take part."
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