Visual Arts

London and area artists put your fine art skills to the test!

Enter your creations for a chance to win fabulous prizes. All visual artists working in all media, including but not limited to painting/drawing, using different Medias. Photography for advance, intermediate, beginner and youth. Fibre art encompassing traditional quilts and knitted blankets to baby outfits and kitchen cloths.

PAINTING & DRAWING   |   FIBRE ARTS   |   QUILTING   |   VETERANS   |   SENIOR’S   |   PHOTOGRAPHY

Entry Form Closing Date Delivery Dates Pick Up Date
Thursday, August 17th 2017

Wednesday, August 23th 2017 (10AM – 6PM)

Thursday August 24th  2017 (10AM – 6PM)

Tuesday, September 19th (10AM - 6PM)

 

A Few Things to Remember

  • Please read General Rules and Information, click here.
  • Entries to be delivered to the Canada Building
  • Only works of art completed in the last three years (2014) that are finished, framed and ready to hang, will be accepted.
  • Entry tags will not be mailed. Entry tags will be presented upon delivery of exhibit.
  • We suggest exhibitors entering an article of value, arrange for their own insurance coverage, if desired.
  • The $ 5.00 Entry fee applies to each class. Each class has multiple sections. Exhibitors may enter all classes but may only submit one entry per section.
  • Judges will be looking for uniqueness and creativity.

Submit Entry Form Online

 


 

Painting and Drawing - (PD)

ENTRY FEE: $5/Class This is a juried competition. 
Prize Money for each Section:

1st- $40   |   2nd- $25   |   3rd- $10

A Few Things to Remember

  • Maximum size not to exceed 92cm x 92cm (36” x 36”).
  • Must be framed and ready to hang.
SECTION & DESCRIPTION

PAINTING

1. Oils      2. Acrylics      3. Water colours

DRAWING

4. Ink      5. Pencil     6. Mixed Media

 


 

Fibre Arts – (FA)

ENTRY FEE: $5/Class This is a juried competition. 
Prize Money for each Section:

1st- $40   |   2nd- $25   |   3rd- $10

Check out beautiful work by local artisans. 2017 competition sections include knitting, weaving, crochet and embroidery. It’s time to put your fibre art skills to the test! Enter your creations in the Fibre Arts Competition section of the Western Fair for a chance to win fabulous prizes.

  • The $ 5.00 Entry fee applies to each class (FA has 4 classes). Exhibitors may enter all classes but may only submit one entry per section.

SECTION & DESCRIPTION

CROCHET

1. WEARABLES: Scarfs, hats, slippers or anything that you can wear.

2. BLANKETS/AFGHANS: Baby blanket, not to exceed 160 inches outside area

3. BLANKETS/AFGHANS: Lap - Minimum 36” x 40, maximum 45” x 60”

4. BLANKETS/AFGHANS: Regular/full size. Minimum 45” x 60”

EMBROIDERY/CROSS STITCH

5. HAND EMBROIDERY: Any hand embroidered article. Examples include pillow cases, dresser scarfs, tablecloths, etc.

6. CROSS STITCH: Any hand cross stitched item. Examples include, pictures, bookmarks.

KNITTING

7. BABY OUTFIT: Examples: Sweater and hat, Christening dress, romper set.

8. ADULT SWEATER: Sweater or cardigan

9. CHILDS SWEATER: Sweater or cardigan.

10. NON-WEARABLE: A creative knitted item. Examples: tea pot cozy, tea towels, dish cloths, blanket, pillow, toys.

11. DISH CLOTH: Knit 2 different patterned dish cloths.

WEAVING

12. WEARABLES: Any wearable woven article. i.e. garment or personal accessory.

13. NON-WEARABLES: A creative woven article.

 


 

Fibre Arts – Quilt Class (FAQ)

ENTRY FEE: $5/Class This is a juried competition. 
Prize Money for each Section

Section 1, 2, 3: 1st- $200   |   2nd- $150   |   3rd- $ 100
Section 4, 5, 6, 7: 1st- $150   |   2nd- $100   |   3rd- $75
*Grand Champion: May proceed to District 13 level

Rules for Entry:

  • Entries must be finished, clean and in good condition.
  • Attach a 6inch hanging sleeve to the back of all quilts/wall hangings. All entries must be ready to hang. Please baste a
  • piece of fabric over any permanent name label on your quilt
  • Submit each entry in a clear plastic bag marked with your name, address, phone number and the competition category.
  • Enclose a copy of your completed entry form with your quilt(s)
  • Quilt must include the beginning/finish date (stitched after 2014).
  • Exhibitors may enter all sections but may only submit one entry per section.

SECTION & DESCRIPTION

1. Bed Quilt: Minimum 324 inches, outside area (Mid and Long Arm technique)

2. Bed Quilt: Minimum 324 inches, outside area (Domestic machine)

3. Tie Quilt: Minimum 324 inches, outside area

4. Crib Quilt: Minimum 140 inches outside area, make your own design or use a pre stamped panel (Hand-quilted)

5. Quilted wall hanging: Minimum 80 inches, outside area, any shape (Mid and Long Arm technique)

6. Quilted wall hanging: Minimum 80 inches, outside area, any shape (Hand-quilted)

7. Quilted wall hanging: Minimum 80 inches, outside area, any shape (Domestic machine)

 

Grand Champion: May proceed to District 13 level

The exhibitor who wins Grand Champion quilt is eligible to enter their quilt in the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies (O.A.A.S.) competition. To enter this competition the Grand Champion Quilt must compete in the District 13 Quilt Competition in November. The first prize quilt from the District Competition is than entered in the O.A.A.S. Competition which is held at their annual convention in February. The entry judged BEST OF SHOW at the February Convention will be declared the O.A.A.S. Championship Quilt. A $ 500.00 grand prize will be awarded and the exhibitor will retain ownership of the quilt. The second place prize money of $ 100.00 will be awarded to the runner-up.

  • Quilt must be solely made and machine quilted by the exhibitor.
  • Quilt to be measured on the perimeter. Total perimeter measurement to be a minimum of 324 inches.

 


 

Veterans Arts Competitions - VAC

We know we have many artistic and creative Veterans in and around our region. Whether you served in the 1st or 2nd War, Korean, Vietnam or Afghanistan we thank you for your service and now we want to give you a chance to show off your skills. Enter your creations for a chance to win fabulous prizes.

Entry Form Closing Date Delivery Dates Pick Up Date
Thursday, August 17th 2017

Wednesday, August 23rd 2017 (10AM – 6PM)

Thursday August 24th  2017 (10AM – 6PM)

Tuesday, September 19th (10AM - 6PM)

A Few Things to Remember

  • Please read General Rules and Information, click here.
  • Entries to be delivered to the Canada Building
  • Only works of art completed in the last three years (2014) that are finished, framed and ready to hang, will be accepted.

  • Entry tags will not be mailed. Entry tags will be presented upon delivery of exhibit.

  • We suggest exhibitors entering an article of value, arrange for their own insurance coverage, if desired.

  • The $ 5.00 Entry fee applies to each class. Each class has multiple sections. Exhibitors may enter all classes but may only submit one entry per section.

  • Judges will be looking for uniqueness and creativity.
      

NO ENTRY FEE: This is a juried competition.
Prize Money for each Section
1st- $20   |   2nd- $15   |   3rd- $10
  

SECTION & DESCRIPTION

1. SILK PAINTING

Scarfs, pillow cases and paintings are just some of the items you could enter.

2. PAINTING

Using either oils, water colour or acrylics, let’s see your artistic flare.

3. WEAVING

This could include a wearable or non-wearable item.

4. WOODWORKING

Bird and butterfly houses, to mailboxes, we know you have made them now it’s time to show them off.

 


 

NEW Senior’s Art Competition - (SA)

NO ENTRY FEE: This is a juried competition.
Prize Money for each Section
1st- $20   |   2nd- $15   |   3rd- $10
Must be 65 years of age or old to enter.

SECTION & DESCRIPTION

1. KNITTED INFINITY SCARF

Everyone loves this handmade gift and grandmas make the best ones.

2. KITCHEN HAND TOWEL

Crocheted top.

3. CUP OF TEA

Show off your creative skills by making a centre piece out of an old mug or teacup

4. CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENT

3 different ornaments, any medium, shape or style

5. COLOURING THERAPY

The latest adult craze, colouring is a great way to reconnect with your youth and a satisfying solution to disconnect from reality. All entries must be displayed on a 40cm x 51 cm (16” x 20”) matt board.

 


 

Photography Competition

Entry Form Closing Date Delivery Dates Pick Up Date
Tuesday, August 8th 2017

Tuesday, August 15th 2017 (10AM – 6PM)

Tuesday, September 19th (10AM - 6PM)

 

A Few Things to Remember

  • All prints to be identified on the entry form and to include a max. 5 word description, neatly written e.g. where the image was taken, geography, time of day, building name, funny incident etc.
  • Please read General Rules and Information, click here.
  • Entries to be delivered to the Canada Building
  • All entries must be made online or on the printed entry form found at the end of this book.
  • An image may be entered into only one class. The exhibitor must decide as to the class and section in which to enter their prints.
  • Entry tags will not be mailed to exhibitors.
  • Judging will be done by a committee of at least three and not more than five qualified persons.
  • A maximum of 4 prints per person per section.
      

Mount Board Criteria

  • Print Size: Minimum 20cm x 25cm (8” x 10”), Maximum 40cm x 51cm (16” x 20”).
  • Mount board must be of heavy card (matt board) or dense foam core. Poster or construction board will not be accepted.
  • Mount board/matt board must be 40cm x 51cm (16” x 20”) or the entry will not be accepted.
  • Print must be firmly attached to the matt board with double sided tape, liquid paste adhesive or spray adhesive.
  • It is the responsibility of the photographer to ensure print is securely fastened to the matt board or foam core. Prints are handled with care once submitted but once they are hung humidity can cause mount boards and water based adhesives to bend or peel. For this reason we ask you to make sure your name is on the back of the print as well as on the mounting board.
  • Acceptance stickers will be placed on the back of all prints hung.
      

Awards

Special by Western Fair District & C.A.P.A. - BEST PRINT IN SHOW
The winner of Best Print in Show will receive an additional award of $75 from the Western Fair District. A Gold Medal from C.A.P.A. (Canadian Association of Photographic Art) and the winners name will be added to the Best Print Trophy. Please note: The Best Print becomes the property of the Western Fair District.

 

Advanced Competition – (PHA)

Serious hobbyist, commercial or professional photographer

ENTRY FEE: $5 per section (Fee includes four prints per section)
Prize Money for each Section
1st- $60   |   2nd- $50   |   3rd- $40

SECTION & DESCRIPTION

1. ANIMALS, BIRDS & INSECTS

Live animals, birds and insects including household pets, farm and domesticated animals and/or fowl, zoo housed animals and/or birds.

2. ARCHITECTURAL OR INDUSTRIAL STUDY

Any man-made structure or industrial setting. Building, bridge, machinery or equipment, any age.

3. HUMAN INTEREST

Show off those great action shots showing what Canadians love to do, such as backyard hockey games, city baseball tournaments or planting our great maple trees.

4. NATURE STUDY

Live fauna and flora in its natural environment. Note: No subject should show human impact. Road, house, fence, cultivated plant, domestic animal or people.

5. PICTORIAL

Landscapes, seascapes, snow scenes, cityscapes, nightscapes.

6. PORTRAIT

Of a person.

7. STILL LIFE

Inanimate subjects such as glassware, garden plants, fruits, etc.

8. COLOUR: THE POWER OF RED

Red has long been the colour of power, dominance or social grace. Using different SHADES, TONES, or HUES let the colour of red come alive.

9. HAPPY BIRTHDAY CANADA

Celebrations abound in every part of the Country. Parades, carnivals, festivals, barbecues, military tattoos, fireworks, and musical concerts. Show us how you are celebrating Canada’s sesquicentennial

10. AGRICULTURE

From crops, to machinery, barns and animals, farmers are the backbone of Canada.

 

Intermediate Competition - (PHI)

Active family photographer enjoying the hobby of photography

ENTRY FEE: $5 per section (Fee includes four prints per section)
Prize Money for each Section
1st- $50   |   2nd- $40   |   3rd- $30

SECTION & DESCRIPTION

1. ANIMALS, BIRDS & INSECTS

Live animals, birds and insects including household pets, farm and domesticated animals and/or fowl, zoo housed animals and/or birds.

2. ARCHITECTURAL OR INDUSTRIAL STUDY

Any man-made structure or industrial setting. Building, bridge, machinery or equipment, any age.

3. HUMAN INTEREST

Show off those great action shots showing what Canadians love to do, such as backyard hockey games, city baseball tournaments or planting our great maple trees.

4. NATURE STUDY

Live fauna and flora in its natural environment. Note: No subject should show human impact. Road, house, fence, cultivated plant, domestic animal or people.

5. PICTORIAL

Landscapes, seascapes, snow scenes, cityscapes, nightscapes.

6. PORTRAIT

Of a person.

7. STILL LIFE

Inanimate subjects such as glassware, garden plants, fruits, etc.

8. COLOUR: THE POWER OF RED

Red has long been the colour of power, dominance or social grace. Using different SHADES, TONES, or HUES let the colour of red come alive.

9. HAPPY BIRTHDAY CANADA

Celebrations abound in every part of the Country. Parades, carnivals, festivals, barbecues, military tattoos, fireworks, and musical concerts. Show us how you are celebrating Canada’s sesquicentennial

10. AGRICULTURE

From crops, to machinery, barns and animals, farmers are the backbone of Canada.

 

Beginner Competition – (PHB)

Ambitious amateur user with point & shoot camera/ casual photographer

ENTRY FEE: $5 per section (Fee includes four prints per section)
Prize Money for each Section
1st- $40   |   2nd- $30   |   3rd- $20

SECTION & DESCRIPTION

1. ANIMALS, BIRDS & INSECTS

Live animals, birds and insects including household pets, farm and domesticated animals and/or fowl, zoo housed animals and/or birds.

2. ARCHITECTURAL OR INDUSTRIAL STUDY

Any man-made structure or industrial setting. Building, bridge, machinery or equipment, any age.

3. HUMAN INTEREST

Show off those great action shots showing what Canadians love to do, such as backyard hockey games, city baseball tournaments or planting our great maple trees.

4. NATURE STUDY

Live fauna and flora in its natural environment. Note: No subject should show human impact. Road, house, fence, cultivated plant, domestic animal or people.

5. PICTORIAL

Landscapes, seascapes, snow scenes, cityscapes, nightscapes.

6. PORTRAIT

Of a person.

7. STILL LIFE

Inanimate subjects such as glassware, garden plants, fruits, etc.

8. COLOUR: THE POWER OF RED

Red has long been the colour of power, dominance or social grace. Using different SHADES, TONES, or HUES let the colour of red come alive.

9. HAPPY BIRTHDAY CANADA

Celebrations abound in every part of the Country. Parades, carnivals, festivals, barbecues, military tattoos, fireworks, and musical concerts. Show us how you are celebrating Canada’s sesquicentennial

10. AGRICULTURE

From crops, to machinery, barns and animals, farmers are the backbone of Canada.

 

Youth Competition – (PHY)

Open to all youth 15 years of age and under

ENTRY FEE: No charge (Fee includes four prints per section)
Prize Money for each Section
1st- $20   |   2nd- $15   |   3rd- $10

Guidelines

  • Either mount one picture or cut and paste a few of your favourite photo’s to tell a story.
  • All entries must be mounted on the 8 ½” x 11” construction paper or heavy grade paper (letter size)
  • Print must be firmly attached to the paper with double sided tape, liquid paste adhesive or spray adhesive.
SECTION & DESCRIPTION

1. FAMILY VACATION

Show us how you spent your vacation. It could be playing sports, working on a hobby or travelling with your family.

2. PETS

Cats, dogs, fish, birds and other animals are a part of our family. Let’s see your family and how you take care of them.

3. HAPPY BIRTHDAY CANADA

It’s Canada’s birthday, show us how you celebrate!