Teen librarian fun fact: I am a terrible artist. I always have been. To this day when I doodle, my hearts are misshapen and my stars are uneven. I don’t have great handwriting. My photos tend to be passable, but not awesome. And don’t even ask me about things like composition and balance and color – the most you’ll get is “I like this picture because it has a puppy, and I personally don’t care for the color yellow.” I’m hopeless, and I accept that.
That said, none of this stops me from doodling or creating or making some kinds of art. Even at my most self-conscious when I was a teenager, I doodled stick figures and shapes in the margins of my notes. I sketched dragons who, while they didn’t look right on the page, were beautiful in my imagination. I even once agreed to a request to draw someone – and let them see the drawing. I love to take pictures, even if my photos are only passable. Something about visual creation has the same inherent appeal to most of us, I think, as listening to music or dancing or creating with words. We are constantly bombarded by the visual, and there’s something satisfying about contributing to our visual world somehow, even if we prefer our creations never be seen by anyone except ourselves.
And for some people, of course, art is more. Whether through hard work, talent, passion, or some combination of those three things, many people are artists, creating art they want people to see, and hope to share with the world. I love those people, even if I will never be one. And the library loves those people too!
Which brings us to the library’s Teen Art Contest to decorate our teen room! We want teens to be the ones filling the walls of their own space, and we want to showcase the wonderful things that local teens are creating. Moreover, we want to celebrate any teen artist who enters. So in addition to selecting winners to be displayed in our Teen Scene, we will be hosting a reception in February to celebrate every artist and every piece that is submitted to our competition.
We have a whole page on our website dedicated to the rules and submissions, but here’s the quick and dirty of what you need to know:
- We are accepting submissions through January 25, and we welcome any projects you created for school this semester!
- The three winners will receive a $100 Dick Blick gift certificate, and the six runners up will each receive a $25 gift certificate. All nine winners and runners up will have their work displayed in the Teen Scene.
- Local artists and art teachers will be judging, so you won’t be at the mercy of my complete lack of artistic talent.
- We will host an art reception on February 15 for everyone who enters the contest, because we’re pretty excited to show off everyone’s work.
- We are super excited about this opportunity to celebrate creativity and creation, and get some fantastic artwork for our Teen Scene.
- You can see all the details on our website here: http://gepl.org/teen/art_contest
So celebrate art, and yourselves, and enter our Teen Art Contest ASAP!