With Arts & Entertainment Editor Kathy L. Collins

Children ages 5 to 18 are encouraged to enter artwork in Winthrop Arts Annual Children’s Art Show presented by Suncoast Credit Union. The show, which is judged, features and celebrates the creativity of the area’s young artists. Children may enter original artwork in any medium. All they need to do is use their creativity.

The art show is open to all students living in the greater Brandon area. Children can enter one piece. There is a $5 entry fee. There are three age categories for entries and prizes- ages 5 to 8; ages 9 to 13; and ages 14 to 18. All entries must be submitted by Monday, October 23 at 6 p.m. at the Art Factory located at 11267 Winthrop Main St. in Riverview.

This year the show is sponsored by Suncoast Credit Union. Significant awards are available for Best of Show (one overall) and First, Second and Third Place in each age category.

Mary McDonald, Community Relations Director for Suncoast Credit Union said, “At Suncoast Credit Union, we support the arts as they align with our mission to promote the education, health and emotional well-being of children.” McDonald added, “The Winthrop Arts Children’s Art Show provides a creative opportunity for children to dream and express themselves outside of a normal day. We believe this supports and promotes healthy emotional growth. Since 1990, our Foundation has assisted similar efforts with $19 million reinvested in the 21 counties we serve. We look forward to the colors, interpretations and visual mediums these students will exhibit during the show.”

An artists’ reception will be held at the Art Factory, the education program of Winthrop Arts, on Thursday, October 26 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Awards will be given at 7 p.m. The reception is an opportunity for the children to showcase their artwork.

Bryant Martinez, the Winthrop Town Artist and lead instructor at the Art Factory said, “I look forward to this show each year. I love seeing what the children produce.”

All artwork entered must be accompanied by an artist’s statement. Information and the registration form can be found at winthroparts.org. For information, call Kathy at 758-5161 or email kathy@winthroparts.org.

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