The Prairie Arts Festival Fine Arts Competition attracts some of the south’s most talented artists and 2010 will be no exception. More than 35 applications have been accepted and additional entries are expected. Festival attendees can expect to find beautiful paintings, sculptures, photographs, hand-made jewelry and pottery, as well as a variety of objects made from glass, fiber and wood in the Fine Arts section located in the Sally Kate Winters Park.
The Fine Arts Competition awards $5000 in cash and purchase prizes in the following categories: 1. Painting (oil, acrylic, watercolor) 2. Mixed media, Graphics, Drawing 3. Photography 4. Sculpture and Pottery 5. Handmade Jewelry, Wood, Glass, Fiber. All Fine Arts vendors are juried into the festival and artworks are originals.
Entries and winners of the Fine Arts Competition will be displayed during the morning in the Gazebo in the Park. The awards ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m.
The Fine Arts Judges for this year are Mr. Thomas Nawrocki, professor of printmaking and fiber arts/weaving at MUW, and Mrs. Susa Nawrocki, painter and arts professional from Columbus.
Thomas Nawrocki’s work has been featured in more than 400 exhibits around the world, and in 2006 he was selected Visual Artist of the year by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. He has just completed his 40th year of teaching at the university, and plans to continue this coming fall.
Most recently Thomas was chosen as one of sixty-three contemporary printmakers
featured in the just-released “Printmakers Today.” This 256-page full color book may well prove to be the ultimate reference for the modern printmaking industry and art enthusiasts alike. Artists were chosen because of their ability to create “museum quality work” while transfusing an ancient art with 21st century vision and technical skill.
Susa, the reference librarian at the Columbus-Lowndes County Library since 1986, has had her artwork appear in over fifty state, regional, and national competitions. Her most recent honors include “Artists in Mississippi Libraries” at The University of Southern Mississippi, the Del Mar College (Texas) 44th Annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture Competition, and the First Place Drawing and Painting Award at the Market Street Arts Festival, Columbus, in 2010.
The Prairie Arts Festival is held each year on the Saturday before Labor Day from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. in West Point’s beautiful historic downtown. The Festival is a celebration of community, local food, fun for all ages, a 5k run, classic car show, stages with live music and the best artists and craftsmen the south has to offer. With over 400 exhibitors and attracting crowds of more than 25,000, Prairie Arts has been a tradition since 1978. The Festival has been awarded numerous awards by the Southeastern Tourism Society and has been recognized for twelve straight years as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast. Come out and join us for a day of food, fun and entertainment.
Vendor application and information can also be found on the website http://www.westpointms.org  or call 662-494-5121. The Fine Arts Competition event of the Prairie Arts Festival is sponsored by the West Point—Clay County Arts Council.