LAHAINA - Artists across the island are gearing up for Lahaina's annual Poster Contest sponsored by LahainaTown Action Committee and Lahaina Arts Society.
Now in its 25th year, the poster contest offers a grand prize of $2,500. The winning art becomes the limited edition official Lahaina Poster for the next year.
The competition is open to all artists. The artwork must be original and unpublished, with the image being a recognizable scene of Lahaina.
Past winners of this prestigious competition include Jackie Black, Carleton Kinkade, George Allen, Stephen Burr, Jim Kingwell, Ronaldo Macedo, C.S. Perry, Erin Dertner, John Cosby, Daryl Millard and Michael Krahn.
In addition to the $2,500 first prize, there are cash prizes for the Lahaina Arts Society Award, Most Promising Artist, People's Choice and Honorable Mention.
The official Lahaina Poster is limited to 1,000 prints. These posters are a popular item for art enthusiasts on Maui and around the world. The winning poster will be sold at the Lahaina Visitor Center in the Old Lahaina Courthouse and possibly sold at fine galleries throughout the town.
Winners will be announced at a reception on Friday, Sept. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Old Lahaina Jail Gallery located in the Old Lahaina Courthouse.
All Maui entries must be delivered to the second floor of the Old Lahaina Courthouse by Friday, Aug. 30, between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Off-island entries must arrive between Aug. 26 and 30, 2013. The correct address is 648 Wharf St., Suite 102, Lahaina, HI 96761.
Prize winners will be chosen from juried entries that will be on exhibit in the Old Lahaina Jail Gallery from Sept. 3 to Oct. 6. There is a nonrefundable entry fee of $25. The contest is limited to two entries per artist. Work must be framed, ready for hanging (using screw eyes and wire) and available for sale. Pieces that are incomplete (wet paint) or not ready for hanging will not be accepted.
For more information and an application, go to the LahainaTown Action Committee website at www.visitlahaina.com or call Lynn Donovan at LAC at 667-9175.