Submissions now open for Fine Arts Fiesta competitions

Times Leader staff report

Preparations are being made for the Fine Art Fiesta annual adult and student juried exhibitions for the 63rd Wilkes-Barre Fine Arts Fiesta, “Fiesta = Arts2” to be held May 17 through 20 on Public Square.

Any artist living within a radius of 100 miles is eligible to compete. Original works of art, which have been recently completed, may be entered.

The six categories in the adult exhibition are crafts, graphics, painting, photography, sculpture/construction, and watercolor. In all categories except crafts no entry is to exceed 4 feet in any direction. Prizes are $75 for first place, $50 for second place, and $25 for third place in cash or gift certificates in each category, $200 for best of show, and many sponsored awards.

There is a change with all two-dimensional art. All 2-D artwork has a 9-inch by 12-inch frame size minimum.

A fee of $10 for the first entry and $6 for each additional entry (maximum of five) will be charged for handling cost in the adult exhibition. Fees are payable to the Fine Arts Fiesta, Inc.

Delivery for all artwork take place on April 21, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. only at Fiesta Central, Midtown Village, 41 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, near Katana restaurant. Entry forms can be filled out at this location during delivery of artwork.

Entry forms for the adult and student exhibitions can be requested by mail with a self-stamped envelope by writing: Fine Arts Fiesta Juried Exhibition, P.O. Box 2053, Wilkes-Barre, PA, 18703-2053. Applications for both exhibitions can be downloaded from the website at Adult entry forms can be picked up at the following locations: Marquis Art and Frame, S. Main Street, Wilkes-Barre; Studio Amid the Pines, 601 Sylvan St., Wilkes-Barre; Main Street Galleries, Pierce Street, Kingston; Sue Hand Imagery, Dallas; Hazleton Art League, Broad Street, Hazleton; Wyoming Valley Art League, S. Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, Suarci Gallery, Marywood University, Scranton; Pauly Friedman Art Gallery, Misericordia University, Dallas Township; AFA Gallery, Scranton; Keystone College Art Gallery, LaPlume;, Wolfframes, Broad Street, Nanticoke; Downtown Arts, 156 S. Franklin St, Wilkes-Barre; and The Glen Lyon Art Studio, Main Street, Glen Lyon.

Entry forms for the student exhibition can be requested by writing the same post office address, asking your art teacher at your school, or at

The judge for the student exhibition is Robert Gaetano, Mountaintop, retired art teacher and administrator.

The judges for the adult show are Willian Tersteeg, Dalton, MFA in ceramics from Southern Illinois University, and Michelle Lee Bixby, Penn State, BA in communications, majored in journalism with an emphasis in photojournalism and multimedia.

Times Leader staff report