LONG summer days are just on the horizon, so why not use the opportunity to get the creative juices flowing?
The Leeton Art Society is calling for Leeton shire artists to put their brushes to good use to create masterpieces sure to catch the eye for the annual Penny Paniz Acquisitive Arts competition.
The initiative will culminate in a prize ceremony and exhibition during Easter next year. While that might seem a way off, it does give artists time to roll up their sleeves to have their pieces finished on time.
The theme for the competition this time around is "Agriculture from the Ground Up", which has been designed to complement the rice and agricultural industry as part of the 2020 Leeton SunRice Festival held during Easter.
Other categories include still life, abstract, fauna, flora/botanical, landscapes and portraits. Two new categories have been included in the program - Indigenous art and digital art.
"(The first) is intended to encourage local artists with an Indigenous background to participate and share their artistic talents, as did Penny Paniz," art society president Jacqui Herrmann said.
"Digital art is also included due to the demand from artists to develop and display their skills using technology, without the limitations of any particular medium."
A youth category also encourages budding young artists in Leeton to experience exhibiting artworks they have created during the year, including the HSC and year 12 students.
Closing date for entries is 4pm on March 2. Entry forms are available at the Leeton Visitors Centre, Sam's Tiles and Light Centre or on the Leeton Art Society Facebook page.
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