Soupstock in Shelton seeks submissions for juried art competition

Artists of all ages can enter their work in the Soupstock Music and Arts Festival 2D Juried Art Competition, scheduled for June in Shelton.

Prizes will be offered for students currently enrolled in grades K-4, 5-8 and 9-12, as well as for adults age 18 and older. Local artists and artisans will judge the submitted art.

The fee for adult submissions is $25 for the first three pieces and $10 for each additional piece. There is no application fee for students. The Soupstock Art Show Committee will select the best 100 submissions.

Chosen works of art will be displayed at Soupstock on Saturday and Sunday, June 20 and 21, at Veterans Memorial Park (the Riverwalk) in Shelton. An awards ceremony will recognize the winners at the event.

Artists may enter their work for selection at Students under age 18 will need a parent or guardian to register for them.

'Amp up the art portion'

While the festival is in its sixth year, this will be the first year for a juried art competition.

“We’ve done a great job with the music portion of the festival the past few years, and now it’s time to amp up the art portion,” said Michele Bialek, Soupstock co-founder and art director.

The Soupstock Music and Arts Festival is an annual community fund-raiser for the nonprofit Mary A. Schmecker Turtle Shell Fund, which promotes young people’s involvement in the arts, music and artisan crafts in the Valley.

The late Mary A. Schmecker, who was Bialek’s grandmother, worked with youth at the local Boys & Girls Club.