The Kitsap Arts & Crafts Association states their mission as being " to cultivate and promote the arts in Kitsap County". The organization's annual Student Art Show has been one way the organization has encouraged talented area youth by providing a venue for their artwork to be displayed and judged. Barriers to entry are low - only $1 per artwork. The festival organizers work with local art teachers, so that students can submit entry forms, fees, and artwork at their schools. The possible payoff for students is high. Students wanting to list accomplishments for their college application résumés can state that their artwork was exhibited at the Kitsap Arts and Crafts Student Show. There are also awards at stake: the same Fine Arts jury that judges the adult show at the Kitsap Arts and Crafts Festival evaluates the student work, and then recognition is given to winning artwork in the form of cash prizes.
Bryan Monroe, President of the Kitsap Arts and Crafts Organization, sees calendar change for the Student Art Show as a way to make the event more accessible to artistically talented youth in Kitsap. "Moving the Student Art Show to May and June, while school is still in session, will encourage more participation. I’m very pleased to have West Sound Academy serve as our first host of the event this year."
Students wishing to enter their work in the Student Art Show must fill out and submit an entry form by May 17, 2013. The form, and directions for submitting it, are available on the Kitsap Arts and Crafts website at http://www.kitsapartsandcrafts.com/
An opening night reception at Frodel Gallery is scheduled for Friday, May 31, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. for the artists and their friends and families. The gallery will be open to the public on Friday and Saturday, June 1 and 2, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. both days. Student artists can pick up their work on Sunday, June 1, the last day of the show, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., at Frodel Gallery, or make arrangements with their teacher to have their art returned to them at school.
For additional information, contact: Bryan Monroe, phone (206) 601-5760 or email firstname.lastname@example.org