It’s that time of year, when aspiring artists of all ages are encouraged to showcase their talent by competing in the logo art contest for the 20th Annual International Migratory Bird Day Celebration at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.
The winning artwork will be the official trademark of the celebration to be held at the refuge on Saturday, May 10, 2014. It will appear on all of the event-related materials including: the program, flyers, T-shirts, and other items.
The theme for International Migratory Bird Day 2014 is “Why Birds Matter?” The Benefits of Birds to Humans and Nature. The theme implies the many ways the birds matter to the earth, to ecosystems, and of course to us.
Artists should submit an original; line-art drawing of a migratory bird that can be seen on the refuge except for the past three winners: belted kingfisher, eastern bluebird and black-necked stilt. In order to compete, submitted art must be an original, line art drawing in pen and ink. Artists may submit as many pieces as they wish. The logo art should be clean and precise, as it will be reduced to fit in a number of event-related items, including buttons that are approximately three inches in diameter.
The contestants’ art will not be mailed back. However, contestants may pick up their artwork at the refuge after the contest has ended. The only exception is the winning submission, which will become the property of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Contestants must submit their art work to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge by close of business on Monday March 31, 2014.
To submit a drawing, please send artwork to Sally Bowden at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, P.O. Box 62, Chincoteague, Virginia, 23336. For more information, call (757) 336-6122.
YOUNG ARTISTS ENCOURAGED TO SUBMIT ART FOR 2014 INTERNATIONAL MIGRATORY BIRD DAY CONTEST
Are you or someone you know a young, aspiring wildlife artist? If so, the staff from Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge invites you to enter your work in a children’s art contest that will be held as part of the International Migratory Bird Day Celebration. The art contest, sponsored by the Historic Main Street Merchants Association, is open to: K - 2nd grades; 3rd - 5th grades; 6th - 8th grades, and 9th - 12th grades.
“The Historic Main Street Merchants are proud to continue sponsoring this event,” said President Carla Leonard Landolt. “I look forward to this event every year!” “Seeing nature through the art of young children just makes my heart smile.” “I get excited thinking programs like this connect young minds with the beauty of nature around us.”
According to Park Ranger Sally Bowden, first, second and third place winners in each age group will receive cash prizes from The Historic Main Street Merchants Association. All entries must be an original drawing of a migratory bird that can be seen at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.
This is a freestyle art contest. Your drawing may be done in pencil, ink, crayon, paint or some other medium of your choosing. We welcome your refined doodle and your creative scribble as well.
Entries should be mailed or delivered to the Comfort Suites, 4195 Main Street, Chincoteague, VA 23336 on or before April 14, 2014. The artwork will be on display in the classroom of the Herbert H. Bateman and Educational Center prior to the event from April 18-May 10. Winners will be notified by May 5th, and prizes will be presented on May 10th at noon during the celebration in the auditorium of the Herbert H. Bateman Educational and Administrative Center.
Questions? Call Sally Bowden at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge 757-336-6122 x 2314.