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Roy Wood Art Festival seeking submission

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Managing Editor

The Roy Wood Peach Festival Art Show is asking local artists to submit work to the event.

Two pieces per artist can be entered in the show and delivered to River Bank and Trust’s downtown Clanton location on July 8 from noon to 2 p.m.

Artist Donny Finlayson said he was thankful to the bank for holding the art show again this year.

Registration forms are available at the bank and Senior Connection.

Awards will be given in junior (student) and a senior (adults) divisions.

First place in each division will receive $100. Second place will receive $75. Third will be awarded $50 with honorable mention receiving $25.

Entries will be judged by someone from Montgomery. Winners will be notified by phone.

Work can be any theme the artist chooses.

“When we first started this, it was a peach theme and everybody around did about (all of) whatever they could about peaches, so that is why now it is anything,” Finlayson said. “You can do whatever art you want to do, whether it is oil, acrylic or watercolor or something else.”

Artwork will be displayed in the River Bank and Trust lobby.

“Drawings, watercolors, pastels and any works on paper must be matted, framed and complete with wire ready to hang,” according to a flyer about the contest.

Artwork must be a piece that has never been entered a previous year.

Participants can also list a price for the piece if they want to sell it.

“We have some nice artists around here that do very good work,” Finlayson said.

Finlayson said he has enjoyed seeing participants’ completed and framed artwork.

“Some of the entries will be where we have painted with each other up at Senior Connection, but we don’t see it after they get it framed, so it’s nice to see that,” Finlayson said.

The art festival is named for Roy Wood who was a long-time employee of Peoples Southern Bank (before it became a part of River Bank and Trust), who first organized the art show.

This will be the 36th year for the event.