Wilkesboro, NC – Artists throughout Northwest North Carolina are invited to enter the 42nd Annual Northwest Artist’s Exhibit Juried Competition. The highly popular exhibit is sponsored by the WilkesAnnual Northwest Artist’s Art Gallery, one of the region’s oldest arts organizations and a driving force in promoting the arts and cultural resources in Northwest North Carolina for more than 60 years.

Each year the Northwest Artist’s Exhibit Juried Competition showcases the diverse talents of local and regional artists and serves as a public introduction for many artists who are new to the area. The Northwest Artist’s Exhibit never fails to attract a wide range of artists who may choose to enter any or all of three categories: Division I: Paintings, Drawings, and Lithographs; Division II: Sculpture, Pottery, and Metals; and Division III: Mixed Media, Collage and Fibers.

More than $1,600 in awards plus a prize for Best in Show will be presented at this year’s competition. The exhibit will be on display from July 22- August 26. This event will be held in conjunction with a Downtown Art Walk. Twelve participating local businesses will host artist demonstrations. This year’s juror will be Sharon Grubbs, her paintings range from traditional rural landscapes and images of local farmers, representing the area’s strong agricultural roots, to works featuring members of many ethnic groups who have introduced new cultures to the area, as they become an integral part of it.

To learn more about the Wilkes Art Gallery, located at 913 C Street, North Wilkesboro, NC, visit www.wilkesartgallery.org or come by in person. The gallery is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m throughout the month of July. Beginning in August hours will return to Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm and Saturdays 10am-2pm.
Photo: Jessie And His Horse by Sharon Grubbs.