Ocean City Today

Art competition open to students

By Kara Hallissey | Aug 31, 2017

(Sept. 1, 2017) Original interpretations of “Dogs: Man’s Best Friend” artwork will be accepted until October for a contest where winners will take home prize money and have their canine creations displayed during the Eastern Shore Classic Cluster Dog Show at the Wicomico County Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury.

Students in kindergarten through 12th grade and up to 18 years of age in Worcester, Wicomico and Sussex County, Delaware, are eligible to submit one art entry per person, which can include depictions of a purebred or mixed breed dog in ink, paint, pastel, crayon or pencil.

Local schools and teachers are encouraged to make the art contest part of a class requirement or an optional way for students to express their love for dogs.

“I breed and show Italian greyhounds and [I am] always looking to reach out and involve the youth with dogs,” said Jerry Milko, creator of the student art contest and a member of the Salisbury Maryland Kennel Club. “An art contest is a great way to involve the community and schools down here. It will give insight into dogs and there will be a nice amount of artwork to see at the dog shows [in November.]”

All first-prize winners in each grade will take home $25 in addition to being eligible to compete for “Best in Show” with a $500 prize and “Reserve Best in Show” with a $250 reward. First, second and third place in each grade level will earn a ribbon or plaque. There will also be a couple honorable mention awards recognized in each grade level as well.

Prize money is distributed through the nonprofit Salisbury Maryland Kennel Club Charitable Trust.

Any artwork recognized by the judging panel will be displayed during the Eastern Shore Classic Cluster Dog Show at the Wicomico County Youth and Civic Center from Nov. 8-12.

“The shows are open to the public and provide a learning experience for students,” Milko said. “Dogs are an integral part of life and are as old as time itself. They are family members and children learn responsibilities with a pet.”

Private, public and homeschooled students are encouraged to create original artwork of a dog considering their anatomy, coat, coloration, unique characteristics, specialization and their own feelings toward man’s best friend. A family pet or favorite breed can be depicted in the paintings.

“Dogs are effective for therapy, protection and have medical benefits,” Milko said. “They are an integral part of society in so many ways and I want people to understand they improve our quality of life. [The contest] involves youth and educators [in addition to] the human canine relationship.”

Students cannot reproduce another artist’s visual images. Everything must be original artwork.

Organizers are still looking for prize donations including monetary gifts or recognition awards for the art contest.

Interested students can preregister at easternshoreartcontest@gmail.com or call Milko at 410-430-7249 for an entry form and additional information.

All mailed entries must be postmarked by Oct. 16. Send to: Salisbury Maryland Kennel Club, P.O. Box 1881 Salisbury, Maryland, 21802. Entries can also be hand delivered to the Salisbury Maryland Kennel Club at 31663 Winterplace Parkway in Salisbury or Holiday Real Estate at 7700 Coastal Highway in Ocean City, by 4 p.m. on Oct. 21.

The contest is taking place through the Eastern Shore Classic Cluster Dog Show, which brings the Salisbury Maryland Kennel Club, Talbot Kennel Club and Mispillion Kennel Club together for an annual dog show in Salisbury each year.

For more information, search "Eastern Shore Classic Dog Shows Art Contest" on Facebook.

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