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Arts competition welcomes submissions

AMANDA SEBASTIANO
Staff Writer

Local artists are invited to show off their 2-D and 3-D pieces in this year’s Paul. C. Rhyne art competition. The Arts Council of Lincoln County (ACLC) is calling for hopefuls to turn in their work 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sept. 24- 28, before the exhibition, which is scheduled to run Oct. 1-28  at the Lincoln Cultural Center in Lincolnton.
This marks the organization’s 40th installment of the competition, named after Rhyne, who was “instrumental” in organizing the then-Lincoln Museum of Art, Arts Council Director Kae Wright told the Times-News on Wednesday.
The Lincoln Museum of Art would later be called the ACLC, while the competition also changed its name from The Lincoln Arts Council’s County Wide Art Show to honor and commemorate Rhyne in 2007.
Every piece submitted will be on display, Wright said, and is open to everyone ­— professional artists to beginners.
The first show, in 1972, was open to all of North Carolina, but now is only offered to this region ­— Lincoln County and surrounding areas.
Though there were 450 participants who submitted material for consideration years ago, Wright is confident she will be able to fill the galleries and have work covering the halls of the Cultural Center this year.
“The mission of this group, whether it was 1972 or today, has always been to promote the arts in our community,” Wright said.
“Our goal is to provide our area artists with an opportunity to exhibit their art and to be awarded based on the merits of their work.”
The themes this year are those working with two- and three-dimensional images. Sculptures, pottery, wood turnings and all varieties of paintings are accepted, and must be original and have not been shown at a previous ACLC competition.
Curt Butler, owner of Butler Studio in Gastonia, will be judging the artwork this year. He holds a master’s degree in fine art from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and teaches at various institutions in the area, including Gaston College. Butler also instructs workshops and other classes at his studio as well.
Contestants are allowed to enter two pieces, with a $15 entry fee per submitted work.
There are also a set of guidelines for those interested to consider, such as turning in paintings in frames that are “ready for hanging,” participants must be at least 18 years old and all work must be both delivered before and picked up after the competition.
The awards presentation will be 6:30 to 8 p.m., Oct. 5, with $800 available in prize money.
For more information on restrictions, entry forms or other questions, call (704) 732-9044.
“Whether you’re an artist or a lover of the arts, we invite you to join us as we celebrate and show our appreciation for our area artists,” Wright said.

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