Calling all artists: Sheepdog contest deadline nearing

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MEEKER -- With an Aug. 2 deadline, artists who want to show their skills with sheep and dogs should enter the annual Meeker Classic Sheepdog International Art Contest for 2004.

According to contest coordinator Dee Wiess, the art contest is the kick-off event for the dog trials and enjoyed by all who attend. This year, the contest will be judged for the first time.

"We are very excited to have Marsha Wooley as the judge. She is an instructor at Arapaho Community College and has an extensive art background," Weiss said.

Contest entries are not limited to any particular medium but must reflect the sprit of the sheepdog trials. The winning piece is then used for promotion of the Meeker Classic. The 2004 first-place piece will become the poster image for next year's trials.

"It has worked out very well for the artist, as well as for the Meeker Classic during the last 18 years," she said.

The purse for first place is $2,000, and the second-place winner will get $750. A $250 prize will go to the winner of the Best in Northwest Colorado category.

All art will be for sale, with 15 percent going to the Meeker Classic. Entries must have a selling price and be no larger than 18 inches by 24 inches either vertical or horizontal. There is a $20 entry fee and a limit of two entries per artist.

"Each year the contest grows with more art from the region, as well as the world," she said.

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