Valley artists urged to submit wintery work

Winning piece to be used as Christmas Card for Arts Council

The Abbotsford Arts Council has announced a call for Fraser Valley artists to submit original, winter-themed artwork to its first Christmas Card Design Contest. The winning piece will be displayed on the front of the Abbotsford Arts Council’s Christmas cards with the artist’s name, biography and picture featured on the back of the card. The cards will be sent to approximately 500 artists, arts enthusiasts, Arts Council affiliates and partners.

“A huge part of our mandate is to promote the work of local artists,” says Gail Gromaski, Executive Director of the Abbotsford Arts Council. “The card design contest is a fun and creative way of doing this while sending out holiday greetings from the Abbotsford Arts Council at the same time.”

The winning artist will be announced and the card presented at the opening reception of the Abbotsford Arts Council’s Christmas Artisan Gift Fair at the Kariton Art Gallery, to be held November 3, 2013. In addition to having their artwork featured on the card, the winning artist will receive a $200 gift card courtesy of Opus Art Supplies.

Fraser Valley artists of all ages and skill levels are invited to submit images of their original, winter/ holiday themed artwork to the Abbotsford Arts Council by Oct. 1, 2013. Applications and contest guidelines can be found at abbotsfordartscouncil.org or the Kartion Art Gallery, located at 2387 Ware Street in Abbotsford. The gallery’s hours are Tuesday to Friday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday to Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For additional information, email christmas@abbotsfordartscouncil.com or visit abbotsfordartscouncil.org.