April 22, 2009

Local artists invited to submit to Puget Sound, I Love You contest

As a natural history and culture museum, the Burke values art as much as we value our local environment. So I was pleased to hear about this contest, which helps connect the two. From the folks at People For Puget Sound and the La Conner Seaside Gallery:

People For Puget Sound and the La Conner Seaside Gallery invite local artists to enter the Puget Sound—I Love You art contest and to have their entries exhibited at Seaside Gallery June 6-15.
The contest welcomes entries in photography, painting and sculpture depicting activities related to actions protecting and restoring Puget Sound.

Entries will be judged by a regional panel and entries will be exhibited during a two-week Puget Sound—I Love You celebration at the La Conner Seaside Gallery. Entries can be submitted through May at locations in Olympia, Seattle and Mount Vernon.

“It’s exciting for People For Puget Sound to be organizing a regional art contest for citizens to share what they love about Puget Sound and individual actions they are taking to restore Puget Sound,” said Britta Eschete of People For Puget Sound.

“The months of April and May are filled with community opportunities—but you don’t even have to travel out of your own backyard to participate. Everywhere in Puget Sound is connected to Puget Sound, so share what you are doing—along the water’s edge or in your garden— to ‘Save Our Sound.’”

According to Jana Turner, volunteer art contest organizer, “This art contest is an opportunity to showcase this beautiful area we live in, while helping people understand how we as a conscious community can make a difference to help the Orca whales and the Sound.”

"The dynamics of the Puget Sound ecosystem has played an important role in my life,” said Mark Conley of the La Conner Seaside Gallery. “I have enjoyed scuba diving and many wonderful family activities in and around the Sound. I am pleased to be a sponsor of this year's benefit art exhibit and to help further the efforts of People For Puget Sound."

Complete entry rules and event information are at