What: NAMI-Yolo Sunflower Art Competition and Show
When: May 31-June 23
Where: Davis Art Center, 1919 F St.
Reception: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 10
Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays
Entry deadline: Friday, May 27
Info: (530) 756-8181; www.namisunflowers.org; firstname.lastname@example.org
Local residents can show off their artistic side by entering the annual Sunflower Art Competition sponsored by NAMI-Yolo, the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Celebrating nine years of sunflower art, NAMI-Yolo’s competition raises funds for programs for mental health clients and their families. Using the sunflower as a symbol of light and hope, one of NAMI’s goals is to bring the community into contact with mentally ill people and their families to help reduce the myths and prejudices that often surround mental illness.
This year’s judges, artists Marie Therese Brown and Cathie Duniway, will choose art to be featured on the sunflower seed packets that NAMI members sell as a fundraiser and are part of the tallest sunflower in Yolo County contest.
The judges also will award first-, second- and third-place awards in four age groups (under 8; 8-12; 13-17; 18 and older), professional artists, schools, and groups. The William Albrecht Mental Health Education Award will be given to an educator who uses the NAMI-Yolo Sunflower Art Competition as an opportunity to educate students about mental health issues. This year’s award is $400.
The exhibit will run from May 31 to June 23 at the Davis Art Center, where a reception will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 10, as part of the Davis Second Friday ArtAbout. Awards will be presented by Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor.
Entry deadline is Friday, May 27. Entries should be delivered to the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. in Davis, between 2 and 7 p.m. on Thursday or Friday. For other delivery arrangements or for more information, call Marilyn Moyle at (530) 756-8475 or leave a message at (530) 756-8181.
Entry forms are available online at http://www.namisunflowers.org, Yolo County Mental Health offices, the Davis Art Center, and by voice mail at (530) 756-8181. The Sunflower Art Show and Competition is funded in part by the city of Davis Arts Contract Program.
Visit http://www.namisunflowers.org for information about mental health, the Sunflower Art Competition and the tallest sunflower in Yolo County contest. Also featured are sunflower recipes, books and crafts, including directions on how to make a sunflower smile or build your own house out of sunflowers. Watch slide shows of sunflower art from years past and find tips on how to grow giant sunflowers, harvest and roast sunflower seeds, and make sunflower seed bird feeders.