Lights Out Art Consulting is looking for youth and adult entries to an Oxford County art contest. Deadline for entries will be Nov. 1. Submitted photo

NORWAY — Lights Out Consulting, a Norway-based organization that promotes local artists, is calling for entries to its first Oxford County community art competition, MaineReunited. The contest is open to all residents of Oxford County. There is no fee to enter the contest.

Three $1,000 prizes will be awarded to the following categories: Adult, Youth and People’s Choice.

The contest theme is coming together in challenging times and collective experiences of the pandemic. Entries should represent seeking answers to questions such as how does an experience like a pandemic reunite the community, what does the pandemic look like, how do communities face challenges together, who is in the community and how does the artist care for them?

Lights Out was founded by Daniel Sipe, a marketing specialist who grew up in Presque Isle and Norway-raised artists Karle Woods and Reed McLean. Its mission is to provide publicity and exposure to artists throughout Maine, using virtual platforms like Facebook, YouTube and Instagram in lieu of traditional gallery space.

Norway based artists’ publicity group Lights Out Art Consulting founders (from left): Daniel Sipe, Karle Woods, Reed McLean. Submiitted photo

It also hosts a concentrated pop-up show for emerging artists to participate in. The group’s first pop-up event, Debut, took place in last August in Portland.

Artists may submit one photograph entry online of any art medium in JPEG, PNG or PDF format, along with a 100 word or less written or recorded description. The Youth Award and Adult Award prizes of $1,000 will be chosen by an eight-person panel of judges made up of local artists and community leaders. A third $1,000 People’s Choice prize will be determined by public online voting.

The deadline to submit entries is Nov. 1. Community voting for the People’s Choice Award closes on Nov. 11. Prize winners will be announced on Nov. 19.

 

 

 

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