PALM BEACH GARDENS – Student artists will have an opportunity to showcase their work next month at the ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival.
The 36th annual event, which will take place Feb. 13-14 at The Gardens North County District Park in Palm Beach Gardens, will host a youth arts competition for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
Students are encouraged to submit their artwork in mediums ranging from pencil and crayon to chalk and paint.
This year’s theme is “The Love of Art,” which will encompass a student’s representation of art, what they love about art or what art form they love best, the festival said.
All submissions need to incorporate the theme in some way, but the interpretation is up to the student.
Artwork will be judged by local artists and art educators, who will narrow hundreds of entries to 77 finalists.
A first-, second- and third-place winner, along with two honorable mentions, will be selected for each school grade. Winners will be announced on the first day of ArtiGras.
All finalists will have their works of art on display throughout the festival in the ArtiKids Zone.
Students can submit their artwork through their school’s art teacher. The deadline is Jan. 15. Students and teachers can email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 561-746-7111 or visit www.artigras.org for more information.
The event, which typically draws thousands of art lovers and collectors each year, features a juried art exhibition, interactive exhibits, children’s activities, live music and demonstrations.
Last month, the festival announced it was moving from downtown Abacoa in Jupiter to The Gardens North County District Park, off Central Boulevard north of PGA Boulevard, because of nearby construction.
Officials have not decided whether the move to Palm Beach Gardens will be permanent.
Before moving to Jupiter 20 years ago, ArtiGras was held at two sites in Palm Beach Gardens. It debuted in 1985 at North Palm Beach Country Club.