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ArtsAlive! Call for contestants
By Echo Staff
Mar 11, 2014, 17:14

Area writers, songwriters and amateur chefs are being invited to compete for nearly $3000 in cash prizes during ArtsAlive! 2014, slated from 10am – 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 22 in Old Town Bay St. Louis.
Produced by The Arts, Hancock County in partnership with local businesses and sponsors, the festival is actually comprised of several events taking place simultaneously and involving visual, literary, musical, and culinary arts.
“Think of it as sort of an ‘American Idol’ for the arts,” says The Arts president Cynthia Mahner, smiling. “People can come out and cheer on their favorite artist or student. But deadlines for several of the contests are coming up fast!”
Mahner says it’s easy to enter the competitions since entry forms can be downloaded online at http://www.ArtsAliveGulfCoast.com.
For instance, at the Mockingbird Café, singer-songwriters will perform throughout the afternoon, competing for cash prizes. The “Play-Offs” for finalists are slated from 6 – 8 p.m. that evening, as the ArtsAlive! finale. But deadline to enter is March 15.
During the “Aspiring Writers” contest, elementary, middle and high school student finalists will read their works aloud, competing for hundreds of dollars in prizes.
In the “On the Spot” fiction contest at the Literary Showcase at Bay Books, writers are given just three hours to write a short-short story about a specific topic, announced that morning.
During the “Southern Sweets” culinary competition at the Starfish Cafe, celebrity chefs will judge desserts created by local cooks based on presentation, originality and taste. Top winner takes home a $250 cash prize. After the formal judging, 50 lucky People’s Choice judges get to sample the desserts and vote for their favorites (judges badges passed out on first-come-first-serve basis).
Also during ArtsAlive! an Artists Showcase features 55 artists showing their work at host Old Town businesses from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free demonstrations and talks by Teaching Artists about their techniques take place through the day.
In addition, two formal art shows will be on display - both offering generous cash prizes. The Student show will feature work by middle and high school students in the Longfellow Civic Center (122 _ Court Street). A juried show for artists will be open to the public at 200 North Beach Restaurant, second floor.
Even the Bay St. Louis Little Theatre is getting into the act, producing a fun theatre tableau with actors bringing to life the characters from a famous painting. Performances are scheduled for 2pm and 3pm on the steps of the Hancock County Courthouse.
For complete details about ArtsAlive competitions and downloadable entry forms, go to: www.ArtsAliveGulfCoast.com.


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