Free abstract art contest to debut

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A new contest is open to all Maricopa visual artists.

Titled “Go with the Flow,” the abstract art contest is sponsored by Maricopa Arts Council and VWM Art. Deadline is Sept. 25. The contest is completely online and is free to enter.

“Maricopa family, let’s create some art that goes beyond what words can express and end this year with some creative fun,” said Veronica W. Moses, a recent transplant, painter and creator of VWM art. She said she designed the contest to tap into the deep well of creativity in Maricopa.

This is a juried contest with money prizes to be awarded to the top three works. There is also the potential for the prize-winning works to be displayed in the opening VWM Art Gallery, planned to open late this year.

The contest will also be administered by Kristal Hoeh, a co-director of Maricopa Arts Council and well-known locally as a distinguished artist and art educator. The abstract art contest is centered on the colors blue, yellow and red.

Artists may submit one painting per e-mail address as a JPG or PNG. (Canvas/wood size: 24-by-36 inches up to 4-by-6 feet. Emphasis is on acrylics, but all media are accepted.) Artists should provide first and last name, email and phone. They must also certify they are a City of Maricopa resident by naming their subdivision of residence.

Five finalists will be chosen by the public via online voting on Facebook. The final three winners will be chosen by co-directors of Maricopa Arts Council. First prize is $100. Second prize is $75. Third prize is $50.

Submit entries to MuseusMaricopa@gmail.com.

Winners will be announced Oct. 1.