This year’s Larchmont Arts Festival in Constitution Park on Saturday, October 2nd from 1 – 5 pm (rain date October 3) will feature a wide array of talent in addition to the newly initiated Kenise Barnes Fine Arts Award.
For the first time in the festival’s nine-year history, there will be an opportunity for fine art exhibitors to apply for the Kenise Barnes award and its prize of $500. While the festival itself is not a juried event, this new award—to be selected by Ms. Barnes and announced during the festival—will be open to artists 18 years or older working in the following disciplines: painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, printmaking or mixed media.
It was Ms. Barnes’ participation at last year’s Larchmont Arts Festival that provoked the idea for the award and her goal to bring greater awareness to the talent and art on display. “I was so pleasantly surprised by the quality of the festival,” said Ms. Barnes. “I realized a way to give back to the community is to try to draw attention to Larchmont and the arts as a whole – and the way to do that was through the Larchmont Arts Festival.”
At last year’s festival, Ms Barnes noticed a few of the local artists, and realized the festival was a great way for them to gain access to the community and to find an audience. The new award is “meant to encourage more young emerging artists whose work hasn’t been seen and to give financial support in a small way to allow artists to purchase materials in order to facilitate the making of new work,” said Ms. Barnes.
Since it opened in 1995, Kenise Barnes Fine Art in Larchmont on Palmer Avenue has emerged as a significant source for seeing and acquiring contemporary art by established and emerging artists, both national and international. The Larchmont Arts Festival is organized by the Village of Larchmont Village on the Arts.
To be eligible for the award, artists must be registered to exhibit at the Larchmont Fine Arts Festival and must submit digital files of their works, as follows:
1. The exhibitor registration and festival information can be downloaded from the Larchmont Village site: www.villageoflarchmont.org/artsfestival-registrationform2010.swf.
2. Kenise Barnes Fine Art Award applicants should complete the registration page and email it to Palmer Davis at LarchArtsFestAward@gmail.com along with four digital images of their work as attachments.
3. No photo file should be more than 3 MB. Each image should be titled in the following format: Last Name_title_medium.jpg. Submitted work should be for sale, have been completed in the last 3 years, and not be from instructional lessons.
Registration has been extended until September 30.