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CVG art competition presents 116 works of art | Kitsap Week

'My Boat,' a ceramic sculpture by Andrew Hoeppner of Seattle, is among the many submissions to the CVG competition in Bremerton.
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BREMERTON — The seventh annual CVG Show is one of the largest and most prestigious art competitions in the Northwest. It opens on Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. and continues until March 1 at Collective Visions Gallery, 331 Pacific Ave., downtown Bremerton.

More than 280 artists from 70 Washington cities submitted 771 works of art for inclusion in the show; of these, only 116 pieces were selected.

Kingston artist Diana Kingsley, whose painting, “Airstream,” was selected for the show, said she considers selection a distinct honor.

“I applied two years ago and wasn’t selected,” she said. “Other shows are not juried and are not statewide. The CVG show brings in artists from all over the state.”

The exhibition juror is Jamie Walker, a noted Seattle-based ceramic artist and sculptor. He is a professor of art and associate director of University of Washington’s School of Art. He will select the recipients of $7,000 in prizes.

Eleven artists in multiple categories will win. Additional prizes include a $2,000 purchase award by the Kitsap County Arts Board, a $300 People’s Choice Award and a $1,000 Best of Kitsap Award sponsored by the Cultural Arts Foundation Northwest.

Building upon this statewide juried art show, Collective Visions Gallery (www.collectivevisions.com) is organizing a winter arts festival Jan. 24-26 that will include art films, theater performances, and jazz concerts.

The Artists and Sponsors Reception, Awards Ceremony and Juror’s Lecture will be held in Bremerton’s Admiral Theatre on Jan. 25. While the reception is limited to ticket holders, the Awards Ceremony and Juror’s Lecture is free and open to the public. Advance tickets to the reception are $15 each and may be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com or at the door on a space-available basis.

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