By Kathy L. Collins

Children ages 4 to 13 are encouraged to enter artwork in Center Place’s First Annual Children’s Art Show aptly entitled, “Little Monsters Create.” Children may enter artwork using a variety of media including drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, jewelry, clay and wood. The show will be on display in the Mook Gallery at Center Place from July 8 through July 31.

Dianna Galia, Public Relations Coordinator for Center Place said, “We have never held a children’s art show previously. We think this is a great opportunity for the community to see young artists and their work.”  Galia added, “Center Place has so much to offer for children. It is important for people to see the role that art plays in children’s lives and how important it is for their well being and development.”

The art show is open to all children in the greater Brandon area. Whether you take art classes/workshops at Center Place is not a factor. All entries must be submitted between June 24 and June 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Center Place. Children can enter up to three pieces. There is a $5 entrance fee per piece or $10 for three entries.

The show will be judged, and there will be awards (1st, 2nd and 3rd place) given in three age categories- ages 4 to 6; ages 7 to 10; and ages 11 to 13. An Artists’ Reception will be held on July 11 beginning at 6 p.m. Awards will be given at 6:30 p.m.

2D artwork (including photography) must be matted, framed or wrapped and wired for hanging. No 2D artwork can be over 11″x14″. 3D pieces must not exceed 12″Hx10″W and may not weigh more than three pounds. All artwork must be accompanied by two typed 3″x5″ index cards which contain the artist’s name, title of the work, artistic statement and phone number.

All artwork must be picked up from Center Place by Wednesday, July 31 at 5 p.m.

For more information on the First Annual Children’s Art Show, please call Dianna Galia at 685-8888 or email


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