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Forest Festival Art Exhibit still accepting entries

September 27, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

The Randolph County Community Arts Center is accepting submissions to the Juried Art Exhibition during the 76th Mountain State Forest Festival.

The exhibit will run from Oct. 3 to Nov. 14, and it will be hosted by the Randolph County Community Arts Center and the Seneca Trail Artists Guild. It is sponsored by Davis Trust Co., Parrack Insurance and the Mountain State Forest Festival.

Hand-delivered entries only will be accepted between 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday at the Arts Center, located on the corner of Randolph Avenue and Park Street in Elkins.

The exhibit is open to West Virginia residents 18 years of age or older. Students in grades kindergarten to 12 can enter the student category. All works must have been created in the last two years.

All works meeting guidelines will be exhibited during the Mountain State Forest Festival. Works juried into the extended exhibit will hang through Nov. 17. All forms of painting, drawing, collage, hand-pulled prints and sculpture will be accepted. Works must not have been exhibited in a previous Forest Festival Art Exhibit or RCCAC/Great Hall exhibit.

All work must be original fine art and should be family friendly. Hanging work is not to exceed 4 by 6 feet, and the sculpture weight limit is 40 pounds. All paintings, including student work, must be framed, suitably wired for hanging with identification labels attached to back and under glass or Plexiglas, if applicable. Works with saw-toothed hangers will not be accepted. Oil paintings on stretched canvas should be wired and have finished edges.

The juror will be David P. Curtis of Gloucester, Mass. Curtis is primarily a plein air landscape artist and was introduced to painting at an early age by his father, marine artist Roger W. Curtis. He studied at the Boston Museum School and the Vesper George School of Art in Boston. In addition, he studied with painter R. H. Ives Gammell and remained in his atelier for several years.

Curtis has been teaching outdoor oil painting classes and workshops throughout New England, in Georgia and West Virginia since 1993. He is an artist member of the Guild of Boston Artists and the North Shore Arts Association and an artist member and past president of the Rockport Art Association in Rockport, Mass. Curtis has won numerous awards for his paintings, including Yankee Magazine's Robb Sagendorph Memorial Award (Copley Society of Boston). His work is shown and collected internationally.

Entry fees are $30 for non-members, a nonrefundable fee for two entries; and $15 for Seneca Trail Artists Guild and Randolph County Community Arts Center members, a nonrefundable fee for two entries. Student entries to the student category are $2 each.

The exhibition prospectus can be picked up at the RCCAC office or downloaded online at



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