Winter is a good time for reflection and creativity! Let nature inspire you to create a haiku poem, capture eagle images with your camera, or create a work of art to display at the Arlington-Stillaguamish Eagle Festival Saturday, February 1, 2020. Cash prizes are awarded from Arlington Arts Council.
The Nature Haiku contest is open to Snohomish County residents. Haiku poets are challenged to convey a vivid message in only 17 syllables. The format of the haiku should be the traditional non-rhyming three line poem of 5 syllables in the first line, 7 syllables in the second line, 5 syllables in the third line, and have no punctuation. The theme of the poem should be connected to nature. You may submit a maximum of two haiku, each on its own entry form. Prizes will be awarded in three age groups (k-5th grade, 6th-12th grade, 19 years and older). First prize in each age group will be $50. Haiku entries have been used in public art within the City of Arlington. All entries must be received by midnight January 27th for display at the Eagle Festival on Saturday February 1. Please submit online at www.arlingtonwa.gov/haiku or by mail to: City of Arlington, Recreation, 238 N Olympic Ave, Arlington, WA 98223.
The Eagle Festival will be featuring eagle photography and a Nature Art Show Feb. 1. The eagle photography contest and nature art show is open to all ages and experience levels of residents in Snohomish County, Skagit County, and Island County. Along with a $200 cash prize, the winning eagle photograph is printed on the Eagle Festival poster and displayed on the city of Arlington’s website. Photographers may enter one eagle photograph in the contest, the entry fee is $5.
Artists are encouraged to submit art depicting nature for the art show. A People’s Choice winner will receive $100 and a ribbon and Best of Show will also receive $100 and a ribbon. Ribbons will also be presented for first, second, third places in the following categories: nature photograph, nature painting, mixed media, and children’s art. The fee to enter is $5 per piece, up to four entries, which includes eagle photos. The children’s entry fee is a donation to the food bank.
To enter the contests, please download application form and additional information at: arlingtonwa.gov/eaglefest. Artwork must be sized from 8-by-10 inches to 18 x 24 inches (including frame). Photos can be framed or canvas wrapped. All 2-D art must have a wire for hanging. Entries must be delivered on the day before the show, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, Jan. 31. Forms will be available. No submissions will be accepted after this time.
The art show is open to all, free admission, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Olympic Theater Café, 107 N Olympic Avenue, during the Arlington-Stillaguamish Eagle Festival. For information about the Eagle Festival, please visit www.arlingtonwa.gov/eaglefest or call Sarah Lopez at 360-403-3448.