Young artists invited to enter Town & Country Youth Art Show

PERU - North Central Illinois (NCI) ARTworks and its artists’ group, River Valley Visuals, invite student artists to enter original art in the Town & Country Youth Art Show. The show will take place on Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Westclox ARTworks Center in the Westclox building, Route 6 in Peru.

The Town & Country Youth Art Show is open to middle school to high school-age students, including homeschool students. Entry forms are available through art teachers at middle and high schools in LaSalle, Bureau and Putnam Counties or at or by calling NCI ARTworks at (815) 228-1253. Entry forms must be received at NCI ARTworks by March 11.

There is a two-entry limit per student. Two and three-dimensional original artwork is eligible and can include (but not limited to) drawings, paintings, pottery, plastic, paper, glass or wood sculpture, mixed media, and photography. No tracings, reproductions, nudes or art with references to illegal substances will be judged.

An experienced art educator will judge each artwork individually based on originality, composition and technique. Blue, red and white ribbons will be awarded to all work in each of three art show divisions: Middle School (Grades 5-8), Freshman/Sophomore, and Junior/Senior. Gift Certificates will be awarded in each division with one “Best of Show Award” given. All blue-ribbon winners will be eligible to enter the Town & Country State Show in Champaign in the fall.

“The purpose of this art show is to promote an interest in visual arts and provide an opportunity for young artists to gain experience in displaying their art in public,” said Nicole Warren, chair of the Town & Country Youth Art Show.

Warren, a local oil painter and watercolorist, notes this is the first year NCI ARTworks and its artists’ group, River Valley Visuals, are hosting the Town & Country Youth Art Show that previously was hosted by The Ottawa Art League.


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