February 2015: International Bridge by Norris Seward

International Bridge by Norris Seward

Artistic Opportunities

Last updated: February 3, 2015  

Artist’s Choice III, April 1 to 30, 2015, Olive Craig Gallery

It’s just two months until the Olive Craig Gallery’s 30th juried exhibition will go up in Alberta House.  It’s wide open—any subject, any medium, anybody!  The application is downloadable from our website:  www.saultarts.org. 

The exhibition is open to all original work completed within the past two years, and not previously shown in the Olive Craig Gallery.  All work must be for sale. 

The gallery is looking forward to another fine show. Exhibition dates are April 1 through 30.  Entry deadline is March 17!  Call Alberta House at 906-635-1312 if you have questions—or e-mail:  saac@saultarts.org. 

From Lake State: High School Short Story Competition

January 15, 2015

CONTACT: Prof. Mary McMyne, 906-635-2327, mmcmyne@lssu.edu

LSSU Announces High School Short Story Prize

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – High school students who are interested in writing may win a $500 cash prize or $1,000 scholarship for their stories if they enter Lake Superior State University’s new Short Story Prize competition.

The competition, created by the LSSU Creative Writing Program and now accepting entries, asks high school students to compose their best post-apocalyptic short stories between now and the March 30 deadline. Any high school student residing in the Midwest may enter.

“The idea for the contest came about after a group of creative writing faculty, school volunteers, and high school English teachers met on campus in December to discuss current high school students’ reading and writing interests,” said LSSU English Prof. Mary McMyne. “Based on this discussion, post-apocalyptic fiction was selected as the theme for this year’s contest due to high student interest.”

Entries will be accepted online through March 30, and finalists will be selected based on literary merit by May 15, with a winner announced on June 1. The winner of the contest will receive publication and a $500 cash prize, which may be doubled -- if the student wishes to attend LSSU -- to a $1000 cash scholarship. The winning story will be published in vol. 5 of Border Crossing, LSSU’s international journal of literature and art, alongside fiction, poetry, and nonfiction by professional writers, and book reviews by LSSU undergraduate interns.

Contest rules, instructions for entering, and contest parameters are available on the contest website at lssubordercrossing.wordpress.com/lssu-short-story-prize/ 

Teachers, parents, and students interested in contest updates are encouraged to visit the contest website to read recommendations for classic and award-winning post-apocalyptic short stories that students may use as models. They may also sign-up for the contest mailing list in order to receive updates and a common-core aligned lesson plan for reading and writing post-apocalyptic short stories.

For more information, contact McMyne at 906-635-2327 or mmcmyne@lssu.edu. To learn more about the LSSU creative writing program, visit lssu.edu/english/creativewritingatlssu.php. The website for the LSSU journal Border Crossing is at lssu.edu/bc.

5x7 Art Competition

Info about the competition is at www.lssu.edu/artscenter/gallery/5x7.php

The application is at www.lssu.edu/artscenter/gallery/5x7RegForm.pdf

Call for Entries for North of the 45th

The eighth annual upper Midwest juried exhibition in NMU’s DeVos Museum will be held in June and July, but the jury deadline is March 9.  The all-media exhibition is open to residents in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota, living north of the 45th Parallel.  This year is the first year the museum will offer two cash prizes—the Juror’s Choice is an award of $500; the Audience Choice is a $250 Award.  Juror is Lena Vigna, Curator of Exhibitions at Racine Art Museum in Wisconsin.  Applications are available online at devos.slideroom.com.


Camera Craft Photo Contest:  “Winter”

Camera Craft, located at 716 Queen Street East in Sault, Ontario, invites artists to enter a photo contest with the theme “winter”.  There is no entry fee and no commission on sales, but the contest is limited to the first 25 entries and entry is limited to one entry per person.  Work must be a minimum of 8 x 10” and framed with wire hanging.   Deadline for submission is March 23, 2015.  Entry forms can be obtained at Camera Craft or via e-mail:  info@camera-craft.com.

Two prizes will be awarded—one for best black and white, and one for best color.  The exhibit will hang in the Camera Craft Gallery during the month of April.

Do It Yourself Pickford Seeks Presenters

DIY Pickford is a great way for area residents to share their talents with the Pickford Community Library and the greater EUP community. Workshop attendees and educators are not limited to the town of Pickford—the library is looking for anyone from across the EUP who has skills to share.

Upcoming events in 2015 include workshops on home beekeeping and seed starting; a field trip to a maple syrup farm, and an encore presentation on techno-gifting by the Pickford Robo Panthers.  For more information contact Ann Marie Smith at 906-647-1288 or amsmith@uproc.lib.mi.us.

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