Every year in May we have a local art fair and competition called the Fine Arts Fiesta, which is a multi day event on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre. There are bands, performing arts, vendors and food stands, adult and student juried shows, and plenty of people walking around and enjoying it all. The past few years I've been submitting works for the adult juried show. You really can't beat it, since the entry fee is only $9 for the first work, and $6 for subsequent, and they jury the works usually the day after they are dropped off (you don't submit slides - they jury the originals). You can sell your work, or have it NFS. At the end of the fiesta, you just pick it up - either right off the wall of the art tent (with a member of the art league there to remove it and verify that you're you), or at the drop off location. There's the usual divisions for medium - painting, photography, etc. There is not a specific colored pencil division, but instead I'm part of the Graphics category, which includes pencil, pen & ink and other graphics. Awards include monetary prizes or gift certificates. This year I submitted "Hopes and Dreams", which is the drawing I did of Kiersten when she was 7 months pregnant (our daughter, Emma, is now 11 weeks old!). I received a call from Gary at the Fine Arts Fiesta to inform me that my entry had won 1st place in it's category, Graphics. The first place winners of all the categories are then judged, and a best of show is selected. "Hopes and Dreams" won Best of Show! The local newspaper, The Times Leader, called me, and did a short interview. They're writing a piece on the Fine Arts Fiesta that will appear a week before the show, and a picture of my artwork with a quote will probably appear in the article. This is my third Best of Show award from the Fine Arts Fiesta. The other two were for "Opaline Dreams" and "Bend", and I received 1st place awards for "Daydreams" and "Cascade" in previous years.
The show dates are:
The 57th Annual Fine Arts Fiesta on May 17, 18, 19, 20 2012, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, PA. Fiesta Hours: May 17, 18, 19: 10 a.m.-8 p.m., May 20: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The awards ceremony is Thursday, May 17th @ 6:30 pm.
For those who are Facebook friends, you've seen a steady stream of Emma pictures; I'll include one of my favorite recent ones for those who aren't on Facebook: