Donna Benfield wanted to fill a hole in the community.
While Benfield said she saw competitions for musicians and dancers, she noticed a lack of ways for artists to showcase their work. So, Benfield, the executive director of the Rexburg Chamber of Commerce, helped create the Idaho International Summerfest Art Competition.
“This is the second year that we’ve held this competition and we had a great turnout last year,” Benfield said. “We created this competition because we saw a need in the community for something like this. We wanted to increase the cultural awareness of the community.”
Entries can be any two-dimensional art medium, including drawing, painting, photography or mixed media, pieces must have been completed within the last five years. There is a limit of two entries per person. The contest features several categories ranging from children to professional.
A Chamber of Commerce news release said competition winners will be announced at a reception, July 3 at Hemming Village, 160 West 2nd South.
Benfield said the chamber expects more than 150 entries.
Entries can be submitted until, 4 p.m. June 28 in the lobby of Hemming Village. Entered pieces will be on display until Aug. 2.
Kyoung Dabell, curator of the art gallery at Brigham Young University-Idaho said the event offers people a chance to experience an event they might not have seen before.
“There really aren’t too many large-scale art competitions around here,” Dabell said. “To see something similar I think you’d have to travel to Salt Lake City or Boise. Because of that, this is a really great opportunity for artists that are looking to enter into a larger competition.”
For information, go to tinyurl.com/Summerfest Art or call 356-5700.