ELKIN — This fall artists from around the area are invited by the Foothills Arts Council to participate in a unique showcase honoring a local folk artist. The Clifford Morrison Memorial Art Competition was established in 1990 by Morrison’s widow, Gladys. Morrison was a self-taught folk artist who was known for prints and wooden animal carvings.
Professional or amateur artists ages 16 and older are invited to submit work for the show in either 2D format including painting, drawing, multimedia, or 3D artwork such as pottery, ceramics, sculpture and woodworking.
Foothills Arts Council Director Leighanne Martin Wright said that the show’s founder Gladys has always been very involved with the competition, but due to her health has not been able to be present for the last few shows.
“We have a slogan this year, ‘do it for Gladys,’” Wright explained. “The last two years she’s not been able to come to the competition because of her health and we’re really trying to encourage people to enter and come to the reception so we have a bunch of pictures to take to her.”
Entries for the show are to be brought to the Arts Council at 129 Church St. on Sept. 7 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. There is a $10 entry fee per entry with a limit of three entries per artist. The show will be judged on Sept. 10 with cash prizes for award winners. A gallery opening reception will be held on Sept. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m.
This year’s judge for the Clifford Morrison Memorial Art competition is Laura Gaylord. Gaylord is a past winner of the competition and holds a degree in fine arts degree from Florida Atlantic University. She is very involved in the arts community in Elkin and has had work featured in the gallery at the Foothills Arts Council and also teaches the Masterpiece parties there.
“Being a judge for this year’s show is a real thrill for me,” Gaylord said. “I am looking forward to the moment I see the art for the first time to see which pieces will stand out. Every year I have attended the opening there has always been some fascinating art, so I am certain choosing the winners will be a huge challenge, but one I will truly enjoy.”
For more information about the Clifford Morrison Memorial Art Competition or other art events, visit www.foothillsartscouncil.org or check out their Facebook page.
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