Louie Bluie Festival to feature regional art on Sept. 29

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The Louie Bluie Music and Arts Festival will highlight the talents of regional artists on Sept. 29.

The art displayed in the pavilion during the festival will be judged for an art contest the previous evening. For a $10 fee, each artist can submit as many pieces of art as he or she desires. Youth artists, who are 19 and under, only have to pay $5 to participate. Submissions will be taken from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 28.

Artists can claim their work and score sheets at 5 p.m. on Sept. 29. Winners can claim their awards.

The contest is open to anyone in the region, said Jocelyn Griffo, Louie Bluie Festival organizer.

Submission will be judged Friday evening.

“For the first time, we have two art instructors who will be judges,” Griffo said.

The judges are Jared Sprecher, a professor of art at UT Knoxville and Bryan Wilkerson, a professor of art a Roane State Community College and curator of its museum.

“We’re doing something different than most art (festivals),” Griffo said.

The judging will also be completed on score sheets, allowing Wilkerson and Sprecher to use standardized criteria based on accepted art principals. Scoring will be less strict for youths than for adults, Griffo said.

“We feel it’s best and more important to the artist to have someone who is good to tell them what was good and what needs improvement based on these standardized criteria, so they can learn,” Griffo said.

Artists may submit two-dimensional and three-dimensional art.

Two-dimensional art is “anything painted on a flat canvas,” Griffo said. This includes oil paintings, acrylics, charcoal/pastels, pen and ink/pencil drawings, watercolors and mixed media. Judges will choose first through third place submissions for each of the two-dimensional categories for the adult and youth submissions.

Three-dimensional art includes pottery, stained glass and woodcarving. First through thirds place winners will be chosen from among the youths’ and adults’ three-dimensional art submissions.

There is also a Howard Armstrong Art Heritage Award. Every entry for this award must be entered and judged in either the two or three-dimensional art categories to qualify. Both youths and adults qualify. The entries in this category should be visually representative of and pertain to Howard Armstrong as the artist sees him.

“And to do that, we strongly encourage the artist to do a little research if they aren’t familiar with Mr. Armstrong’s legacy,” Griffo said.

Griffo encourages artists to research at www.louiebluie.org

Only one entry for this category will win.

The submissions for this award will be judged differently than in the other contests. No written criteria will be used for judging this award, but two people who knew Howard Armstrong personally will judge the entrees.

“It will be a subjective choice,” Griffo said.

This year the judges will be musicians Ray Kamalay and Ralph Armstrong, Howard Armstrong’s son.

All artists submitting artwork for this award must pay an additional $5.

Artwork completed by students involved in the Campbell Culture Coalition’s Youth Outreach Art Project will also be on display at the Louie Bluie Festival. Students from Campbell County were instructed by Terri Chaniott in LaFollette and Dewanda Day in Jellico. There will be sign up sheets for upcoming classes.

The kid’s zone will return to the Louie Bluie Festival. In addition to a bounce house and obstacle course, children will be able to participate in art projects and a children’s art parade. These art projects will include creating nature portraits and making puppets for a puppet show.