BOTKINS — Ann Fortescue, executive director of the Springfield Museum of Art, will judge the Botkins $1,000 Carry-In Competition, which takes place from 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 4 at Botkins High School. The $1,000 winner will be announced at 8 p.m.
The competition has become a premier art even in western Ohio, drawing top artists from Toledo to Cincinnati and across the state.
“It’s become a three-ring circus,” said Botkins art teacher Dan Knepper. “You don’t have to compete in the competition to enjoy the evening. It’s part of our annual Evening with the Arts — instrumental, vocal and dance performances, demonstrations like throwing on the potter’s wheel.”
Reynoldsburg artist Alex Ferree will be doing a watercolor demo and there will be a chance to meet famous artist-author James Toogood and see the results of his weeklong workshop with area artists.
The competition has become a great social event for artists. It’s a chance to have their work seen by hundreds of people while on display for a couple of hours and to have their work seen by the director of a major art museum. Guests also can come early for the spaghetti supper created by the FCCLA.
It’s not too late to enter the competition. Interested artists should contact Knepper at firstname.lastname@example.org.