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Enter LML’s art/photo contest

Published 8:26am Saturday, September 15, 2012

Are you an artist?

Would you like to have your artwork published in Lake Martin Living and displayed in Alexander City’s downtown art gallery, Gallery 128?

If so, it’s time to enter the 2012 annual Lake Martin Living Art and Photography Contest.

We’re now accepting submissions of artwork, and we will continue to do so through Sept. 28.

This art contest will cover a number of media. We’ll take paintings done in oil, acrylics, watercolor and pastels, pencil or pen and ink drawings, and photography.

We’ve got one requirement – that the artwork have some significance to the Lake Region, which I’d define as Tallapoosa, Coosa and Elmore counties or East Central Alabama in general. This is artwork we’re talking about – extremely subjective stuff – and we’re not going to get too picky about the subject. It could just be inspired by the Lake Region.

But subject matter that is obviously not from our home – paintings of the Titanic sinking or Neil Armstrong walking on the moon or the Chinese New Year in Beijing – need not be submitted.

On the other hand if you have images from our area or images inspired by our area – anything from sailboats skimming across the surface of Lake Martin or still life paintings of flowers or a local child’s portrait holding a puppy or a red barn on a hill or almost anything that hails back to our community – we’d love to see them and get them in front of the public.

Just bring the images by The Outlook and speak with Lake Martin Living Editor Betsy Iler. We’ll photograph your artwork, get a few details about the artist, the medium and the subject. We do have one other requirement, the entries must be framed or matted or mounted on boards so they may be hung on a wall.

Entry in this contest won’t cost you a thing; there’s no entry fee.

The payoff is that we will give our local artists lots of free publicity. A panel of local artists will judge the art and the winners will appear in the October edition of Lake Martin Living, both on the cover and on the inside of the magazine.

Then the artwork will hang in Gallery 128, which is located in downtown Alexander City in the Wine Emporium, for a total of five weeks. We’re planning a public “opening” event for the show, which will be lots of fun. (It is being held at Wine Emporium!)

So if you’d like to get your art seen by thousands of people in East Central Alabama, now’s your chance.

If you have any questions, please call me or Betsy at 256-234-4281 or email

It’s time to show your stuff.

And I’m looking forward to seeing it.

Boone is publisher of The Outlook.