Aaron Chang Ocean Art Gallery Launches Art Contest to Inspire and Encourage Young Artists

The contest helps raise awareness and money for the Oceanside chapter of Stand Up For Kids, a non-profit organization that helps homeless and street kids.

  • (1888PressRelease) February 24, 2011 - SOLANA BEACH, Calif. - World renowned ocean art photographer Aaron Chang and internationally acclaimed artist Wade Koniakowsky - partners in the Aaron Chang Ocean Art Gallery - are sponsoring the First Annual Ocean Art Contest sponsored by the Aaron Chang Art Gallery for San Diego's youth. The contest helps raise awareness and money for the Oceanside chapter of Stand Up For Kids, a non-profit organization that helps homeless and street kids.

    The grand prize winner of the photography contest will receive one-on-one access to Aaron Chang with "A Day in the Field" of shooting photographs with the artist. The art/mixed media grand prize winner will receive on-on-one access to Wade Koniakowsky with "A Day in the Field" of painting on location with the artist.

    Winning selections will be formally printed and framed to museum quality and featured in a gallery exhibition as well as published on the Aaron Chang Ocean Art Gallery Web site.

    The contest is open to all students aged 18 and under and living in San Diego County. It includes photography and art/mixed media. All entries are due by March 18, 2011. Winners will be announced April 2, 2011 during a special award ceremony and exhibition at the Aaron Chang Ocean Art Gallery in which select entries will be displayed throughout the gallery.

    "We created this art contest when we noticed how many school youth were coming through the gallery asking to interview us for their school projects," explained Aaron Chang, co-owner of the Aaron Chang Ocean Art Gallery. "Schools throughout San Diego County are cutting budgets and they don't have the art programs they used to have. Kids now have to visit galleries to learn what they used to learn in the classroom when it comes to art."

    The competition is designed to inspire and encourage young artists through interaction, mentorship and community action.

    "It's amazing how long these students stay in the gallery when they visit," added Wade Koniakowsky, co-owner. "They ask some very intelligent questions and they are so hungry to learn all they can about the different mediums. They're genuinely interested in art. We felt that creating this contest is our way of giving them an opportunity to try their skills and display their own work. We hope it inspires them."

    To enter the art contest and for rules and regulations, log on to www.AaronChangOceanArt.com and click on 2011 Ocean Art Contest.

    The Aaron Chang Ocean Art Gallery is located at 415 S. Cedros Ave. in Solana Beach and provides comprehensive client guidance to the public, private collectors, interior designers and art consultants Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.AaronChangOceanArt.com.
    For more information about Stand Up For Kids, visit www.standupforkids.org.

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