Entries open for Arts Council’s online abstract art contest ‘Anything Goes’

The Maricopa Arts Council invites abstract-art entries for its online art competition, “Anything Goes.” [submitted]

The Maricopa Arts Council invites abstract-art entries for its online art competition, “Anything Goes.”  The free contest is open to all Maricopa residents 14 and older.

Deadline for submission is Friday, March 3. The contest is administered by MAC co-director Chantelle Fulce. Address all questions to her at ChantelleFulceArt@gmail.com.

To enter, submit JPG or PNG copies of works with emphasis on acrylics, however all media is accepted. There is a limit of three submissions per artist.

Five finalists will be chosen by the public, via five days of online voting.

The top three places will then be chosen by co-directors of the Maricopa Arts Council. Winners will be announced on Saturday, March 11. First place receives $250, second $150 and third $75.


  • Email each entry individually to MACmaricopa@gmail.com.
  • Provide first and last name, e-mail address and phone with each entry.
  • Provide name of the city subdivision where you live and check this statement: [ ] I reside in Maricopa.
  • Submit a copy of your abstract artwork as JPG or PNG attachment (Canvas/wood size: 18×24 inches up to 4×6 feet).

More information: Click here.


Inside Creative Mind series continues

Have you ever looked at a work of art and wondered, “How splendid! How in the world did the artist do that?”

The Maricopa Arts Council and Library hope to shed light on that creative process as its “Inside the Creative Mind” series continues Maricopa Library and Cultural Center. The lectures offer real answers through the free winter lectures presented by skilled arts professionals, who offer insights and examples of works, sketches, documents, plans and finished pieces by distinguished and effective presenters.

Photographer Jack Johnson presents on March 4 at 3 p.m.

Every stage of imagining something new, special and distinctive and then bringing the creation forward requires developed skill and experience. While the mind-set of an artist can often seem mysterious, non-linear and a bit magical, artists are very practical in conceptualizing new work, according to the Arts Council.


Maricopa 2023 Winter Arts Calendar

Feb. 11: Art for the Heart display and sale, Copper Sky.

Feb 11: Maricopa High band at Winter Guard AZ Show, Tucson.

Feb. 24: Maricopa High band at Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association Regional Festival.

Feb. 25: Maricopa High band at Winter Guard AZ Show, Casa Grande.

March 1-4: “Never Eat a Talking Lobster,” by Maricopa Community Youth Theatre.  March 1-3, 7 p.m. and March 4, 2 p.m., at Maricopa Community Center, 41600 W. Smith Enke Road. Tickets: $10.

March 4: Maricopa Arts Council’s Inside the Creative Mind lecture by Jack Jackson, photographer, 3 p.m., Maricopa Library, free.

March 11: Maricopa Arts Council’s All-Arizona Poetry Slam Championship with Slam Master Thomas Cooper. Finalists qualified from slams across Arizona for $1,000 in prizes.  5:30 p.m., location TBD. Details: Click here.

March 19: Province Chorus and Province Ensemble “Spring Toons. Concerts 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., Province Clubhouse.

March 20-24: Maricopa High School Fine Arts Week. Details: Dan Sturgeon, chair, MHS Fine Arts Department, 520-568-8100 or dsturgeon@musd20.org.

March 30-31: Maricopa High School spring musical. Title, time, tickets TBA. MHS Performing Arts Center.

March 31-April 1: Maricopa High band compete at Winter Guard AZ Championships. Details TBA.

April 1: Maricopa Music Circle chamber orchestra and Maricopa Chorus present Easy Listening Spring Concert. 7 p.m., Leading Edge Academy, 18700 N. Porter Road.