Praire Arts Festival to feature Fine Arts Competition

Mary Rumore
Staff Writer

Artists from all over the South will participate in this year’s Prairie Arts Festival Fine Arts Competition on Saturday.

Fine Arts Competition organizer Holly Hitt said there would be 40 artist booths set up at the Prairie Arts Festival, but artists could enter more than one piece of artwork in the competition.

The Fine Arts Competition is split up into oil, acrylic and water color painting; mixed media, graphics and drawing; photography; sculpture and pottery; and handmade jewelry, wood, glass and fiber.

Hitt said there would be a mix of all types of artwork in the competition.

Growth Alliance Director Lisa Klutts said the Fine Arts Competition set Prairie Arts Festival apart from other festivals.

“The Fine Arts division of the festival is what takes Prairie Arts Festival to the next level, making it a high quality event, not just another arts and crafts festival,” Klutts said.

The Fine Arts Competition awards $5,000 in cash and prizes, and the Best of Show winner will become part of the Prairie Arts Collection housed at the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts.

The presentation of awards will be at 11:30 a.m. at the Gazebo at Sally Kate Winters Park, and Lee Stafford would present the awards.

This year’s judge of the Fine Arts Competition will be Scott Baine. He is the Honors Program Director at East Mississippi Community College where he teaches art, humanities and Italian at the Golden Triangle Campus. Baine has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design from Harding University and a Master’s Degree in Architecture from Mississippi State University.

Hitt said she has attended the festival for many years, but this was her first year to help organize the competition.

“I’m happy to get to be a part of this year’s festival,” Hitt said.