Blaine and Blaine Arts Council host annual teen arts contest

Blaine Park and Recreation and the Blaine Arts Council present the Seventh Annual Teen Art Show and Competition at Blaine City Hall. The works will be exhibited during the month of March.

The Seventh Annual Teen Art Show and Competition artwork will be on display at Blaine City Hall through the month of March. Free. An awards presentation will be held March 19, 6:15 p.m. at city hall. The public is invited.Photos by Eric Hagen

The Seventh Annual Teen Art Show and Competition artwork will be on display at Blaine City Hall through the month of March. Free. An awards presentation will be held March 19, 6:15 p.m. at city hall. The public is invited.Photos by Eric Hagen

Forty students from Anoka-Hennepin, Spring Lake Park and Centennial school districts and a few home school students are competing this year.

“This is a big highlight of our year. We’re very excited,” said Mary Jo Truchon, member of the Blaine Arts Council.

Among art categories for the contest are: painting, drawing, pastel, photography, 3D and sculpture. A Best in Show prize will be awarded.

Students who enter the show and attend the awards presentation will have the opportunity to hear feedback about their pieces from adult artists, Truchon said.

Adult encouragement is important to budding artists, something that was helpful to Truchon when she was a young artist, she said.

The judging and awards presentation will be held March 19, 6:15 p.m. at Blaine City Hall. The public is invited.

Members from the BAC will judge, handing out first-, second- and third-place prizes, according to Truchon.

The art show is the only children’s exhibit of the year, said Tom Godfrey, Blaine’s program supervisor.

“This exhibit is entirely teens and they bring uniqueness in their style and ideas,” Godfrey said. “Something much different from our regular monthly exhibit from professional artists.”

Truchon said too often we hear about young people doing undesirable things. This is a chance to focus on the positive.

“We want to showcase their good work,” she said.

Godfrey credits the art teachers for their dedication in making the annual event a success.

“The teachers I work with stress how this is a great chance for young artists to see what an art exhibit is all about and how to prepare for something like this,” Godfrey said.

Blaine City Hall is located at 10801 Town Square Drive.

Elyse Kaner is at elyse.kaner@ecm-inc.com

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