Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Art Contest in Baguio

Pine & Bamboo, Bamboo & Pine" is the first on-the-spot water media painting competition to mark the Ibaloi Centennial. It is sponsored by the Baguio Aquarelle Society and the Cordillera News Agency to heighten awareness of the Cordillera's precious natural heritage, trees and the indigenous culture being the most prominent. The contest has two categories: professional (for painters who have had at least one solo visual arts exhibition) and amateur (students, hobbyists and tourists). At stake are cash prizes and a chance to exhibit winning works at the Baguio-Mountain Province Museum from March 6 to 30 this year. There will be first, second and third prizes in each category. First prize is P10,000; second is P7,000 and third, P5,000. Participants are encouraged to register at the main house by 8:45 a.m. so they can choose a spot where they can comfortably settle for the day in the forested area and garden. They must bring their own materials (paints, paper, brushes, easel, rags, water container). The organizers will provide some stools and tables apart from the snacks and picnic lunch. The artist is encouraged to explore his/her best in presenting and conceptualizing his/her entry using any water-based media (watercolors, watercolor pencils, ink, acrylic). Through this competition, the organizers hope to see artists' vision and interpretation of Baguio's true resources. The participant can choose any style: realistic, stylized (distorted figure), representational cubism, abstract, purely non-representational, no-recognizable figures and objects but suggestive of the theme.
The competition is open to all, Filipinos and foreign residents/visitors alike, age 12 years old (by Feb 20, 2010) and above. Participants can work on as many pieces as they can but can only submit one entry. There is no registration fee. Minimum size is 12" x 16", horizontal or vertical. The media acceptable are acrylic on canvas, watercolor or other water media on paper. Entry using collage, decoupage, assemblage or use of non-pigment based materials like board, plastic, metal, etc. IS NOT allowed. The entry must hang on a wall to qualify. Appropriate support and/or equivalent devices should be provided to ensure the proper hanging of the artwork (ready for hanging). For watercolor entries, any watercolor paper is allowed, except illustration board. The entry must have been painted on the spot and finished within the time allotted for the contest. The Aquarelle Society staff will go around the premises and see to the pariticpants' needs. All entries must be in and MUST BE SIGNED at the back of the paper or canvas by 4 p.m. It must also be properly labeled at the back, indicating: Artist (name, address and contact numbers), Title of the work, Medium, Size, Year and Price. All participants must be responsible for their entries. The Aquarelle Society will not undertake any pick-up or transportation of any artwork to or from any point of origin. What to Bring: Photocopy of ONE valid ID (for age verification). The only acceptable IDs are: current school ID, PRC License, driver’s license, company ID, copy of passport, postal ID, SSS ID, GSIS-E-card, senior citizen’s ID, voter’s ID, NBI/police clearance. Criteria for judging are: artistic skills, visual impact and interpretation of theme. The decision of the board of judges will be final. Last day for signifying intention to join the contest is Feb. 18.


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