Annual awards, shows return for art center

Published 5:00 pm Saturday, June 4, 2011

The Austin Area Art Center will host the 26th annual Freedom Festival and Mayoral Purchase Award Show from June 29 through July 31. Anyone is welcome to submit to have the chance to win a $500 purchase award (minus commission), which will be given out by the mayor on July 4 on the bandshell stage at 8 p.m. The winner of the City Purchase Award will be chosen by either the mayor or another city official. All entries must be for sale and should have an “Austin” theme.

In addition to the Mayoral City Purchase Award, the Austin Area Art Center will award over $300 in cash to the first, second, and third place winners in three skill level categories.

A complete list of guidelines and entry forms are available at The Art Center, The Austin Public Library and Lou’s Forever Framing. Call 507-433-8451 or e-mail for more information.

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The exhibit will be on display at the Austin Area Art Center with a reception for the artists on July 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. During the reception, the prizes will be awarded to the winners of the Freedom Festival competition

How would you

like to win a quilt?

Artists from the Austin Area Art Center have compiled their original art to construct a one of a kind art quilt. The theme for this year’s quilt is animals. The art pieces have been photographed and copied onto fabric by Mary Gentle to make the blocks for this creation, which measures 72 1/2 by 92 inches. This fundraiser has proven to be a huge success in the past and with continued support, will be again this year.

The quilt will be on display at the Austin Area Art Center, Oak Park Mall until the drawing on Sept. 11.

Raffle tickets will be sold for $5 and are available at the Austin Area Art Center or from any Art Center member. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.

For more information, call 507-433-8451, e-mail, or visit