LAKE CHARLES, LA - Contraband Days, Inc. is looking for a few good artists to help celebrate the 53rd annual event, scheduled for April 27 through May 9, 2010, on the Lake Charles Civic Center grounds in downtown Lake Charles. Contraband Days is one of Louisiana's largest festivals and the City of Lake Charles' oldest festival.
Artists of all ages are invited to enter their original works in the festival poster contest. The winning poster design will be chosen by a jury comprised of Contraband Days Festival volunteers and special jurors. The grand prize winning entry will be reproduced on the annual festival poster which will be used for promotions and sold at Contraband Days. The winning artist will receive $500. By submitting entry, the artist agrees to transfer rights to the Contraband Days, Inc.
Any two-dimensional media, including but not limited to prints, oils, pastels, acrylics, water media, pen and ink, graphite, photography, and digital will be considered. Images should represent Contraband Days' pirate theme.
The deadline for artwork submissions for the contest is February 5, 2010 to the Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana. Entries must be received in the Council office, located at 809 Kirby Street, Suite 202, in Lake Charles by 4:30 p.m.
Contraband Days is a themed pirate festival with close to 100 events. Contraband Days always falls on the first two weekends in May and is a twelve day festival. Over 100,000 people attend Contraband Days.
Almost three centuries ago, a notorious and ruthless pirate named Jean LaFitte and his band of buccaneers were fleeing enemy ships and heading west to Galveston. Legend has it that Lafitte and his band of buccaneers would hide out along the waterways in Lake Charles. Jean Lafitte's favorite hideout was Contraband Bayou in Lake Charles. It is rumored that LaFitte's treasure was hidden and buried in his favorite hideaway Contraband Bayou and hence given why the bayou is named Contraband.
Art entries will be returned only if accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope, or may be picked up at the Council office after March 19. Artists should submit prints, high-resolution digital images or original work. Artwork must include the artist's name, address, phone and email. For more information about the contest, please call Matt Young at (337) 439-2787.
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