The competition seeks to spotlight the talented artists and writers of Duanesburg

Debby Peters, a Duanesburg resident and a member of the town’s Democratic committee, knows there are talented artists and writers in her community.

This is part of the reason why Peters, along with other committee members, organized the Duanesburg Art Competition, which kicked off earlier this summer.

The jury competition invites Duanesburg residents of all ages to submit visual artwork or creative writing that reflects their community, whether that’s why they love living there or their vision for its future. Entries will be accepted until July 31 and the winners will be announced on August 14.

The Duanesburg Democratic Committee had already organized an essay competition for high school students. However, this year, members wanted to organize an event that would bring together the community at large.

“It has nothing to do with politics; it’s just a project that we wanted to undertake as part of supporting our community, especially in the days of COVID, ”said Peters.

Residents can submit their work electronically. Mediums accepted include photographs, drawings, paintings, short stories, poetry, memoirs and essays. Entries will be divided into visual arts and writing. The first prize in each category is $ 200 and the second is $ 150.

One of the judges is Judith Perst, a resident of Duanesburg, who is a poet, photographer, multimedia artist and creativity coach. She has self-published three books of poetry and her chapbook “After” was published in 2019. Perst also has an upcoming collection of poetry, titled “Geography of Loss,” which is slated for release by Finishing Line Press in July.

Alan Knight, another competition judge, is known for his landscape paintings, which are inspired by his agricultural and environmental writing work.

“A first step in protecting the planet is to love its beautiful places. I paint to promote their love, ”Knight writes in an artist statement.

The third judge is Oliver Peters, a multimedia artist and educator, who has exhibited works throughout the Capital Region and the Tri-State.

So far, publicizing the competition has been difficult, and although organizers have been collecting submissions for a month, few have come.

“Unfortunately, we’re halfway through Wednesday and we don’t have a lot of submissions. We hope that by July people will have worked on their projects and we will have many more submissions, ”said Peters. “I know there are a lot of talented people out there.”

For more information, including how to enter the competition, visit sites.google.com/view/duanesburgarts2021.

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