2017 Art Tales contest for writers inspired by art is now open through April 4


For Immediate Release
January 10, 2017
Contact: Tobie Roach 805.658-4759

2017 Art Tales contest for writers inspired by art is now open through April 4


The City of Ventura and E.P. Foster Library are pleased to sponsor the ninth annual “Art Tales,” a free “creative writing contest inspired by art.” Writers worldwide in three age categories are invited to visit the library, or the contest website, and choose the artwork that inspires them to create and enter their own poem or short story, 500 words or less, by April 4, 2017, for cash and other prizes.

Teachers and writers may contact Art Tales Curator Tobie Roach at troach@cityofventura.net or 805.658-4759 to request printed copies of lesson plans for their classes or to answer questions regarding the contest. Or download all materials at www.cityofventura.net/arttales including high resolution reproductions of featured artworks, lesson plan with entry rules, featured artist bios, waiver form, model poems and past anthologies for great examples in prose and poetry.

Selections from the City of Ventura Public, Temporary and Municipal Art Collections are rotated annually to a special second floor exhibit space near the library's rear (children's) entrance located at 651 East Main Street in Ventura, in an effort to make them more accessible to the community. Each year, the Ventura Public Art Manager/Art Tales Curator selects 4 to 6 artworks to display at the library, illustrating a particular theme.

“For 2017 I selected the theme: ‘Channel Crossings,’” said curator Tobie Roach. “When we speak of ‘the land and its people’ throughout Ventura’s history we must talk about not only our beautiful coastal city but also the treasured Channel Islands close by and what is in between—the “Channel Crossings” or the moving waters that connect everything.

“Accordingly, the art pieces that inspire this year’s Art Tales theme come not only from “the mainland” of our Municipal Art Collection but also “the offshore” or outdoor Public Art Collection and “the flux and flow” of our Public Temporary Art Collection and include:

1. “The Whale’s Tail” by Michelle Stevens and others, P.L.A.C.E. temporary sculpture of recycled plastic bottles, 2015
2. “Traveller” by Blue McRight & Warren Wagner, Cor-Ten steel sculpture, 1998
3. “Channel Island Series” by Tom McMillin, magnetite and plexiglas, mid-1980s
4. “Ventura by the Sea” by Leonard Poteshman, acrylic and mixed media oil painting, 2004
“I invite everyone visit the library or our website, get inspired by the visual art on display and create exciting pieces to enter for this unique writing contest inspired by art.”

This release is available on the City of Ventura website www.cityofventura.net. --###--

The Whale's TailTraveller

Channel Island SeriesVentura by the Sea