Entries sought for crater art contest

Published 5:00am Friday, December 27, 2013

An art competition for both children and adults will be part of the upcoming Crater Days in Wetumpka. The contest is sponsored by the Wetumpka Impact Crater Commission in cooperation with the Elmore County Art Guild.

Entries must be related to the impact crater, the meteorite that formed it and/or the surrounding area, flora and fauna at the time of impact. Submissions may be any physical form of artistic expression – pencil or color drawings, painting, sculpture, etc.

There will be three age divisions for the competition – grades 1-5, grades 6-12 and adult. Cash prizes will be awarded to winners as follows:

•Grades 1-5 – first place, $65; second place, $35.

•Grades 6-12 – first place, $100; second place, $50.

•Adult – first place, $150; second place, $100.

Deadline for entries is Jan. 24. Submissions will be accepted at the Wetumpka Administrative Building. Winners will be announced Jan. 30 at the annual crater lecture presented by Dr. David King Jr. at the Wetumpka Civic Center.

Judging will be based on content, ease of recognition of the subject and relativity to the impact crater.

Winners will be displayed in the Kelly Fitzpatrick Memorial Gallery located in the Wetumpka Administrative Building.

“We hope to have a lot of interest from local children and the art community in this contest,” said Shannon McDonald, show chairman.

The meteor which struck what is now the Wetumpka area more than 85 million  years ago was the greatest natural disaster to ever hit Alabama. A 5-mile-wide crater was left behind by the 1,100-foot meteor that blasted into the shallow sea that covered the site at that time.

In 1998, Dr. David T. King’s research confirmed what geologists suspected as early as 1891 – the geologic anomalies around Wetumpka are the result of a meteor impact.

Wetumpka is the site of the only authenticated impact crater in the eastern United States and one of only 200 such craters worldwide. During the past dozen years, researchers from around the globe have visited the area to study what scientists describe as “the best preserved marine impact crater in the world.”

Crater-related events are hosted each year by the Wetumpka Impact Crater Commission and the City of Wetumpka.

Anyone with questions about the art contest should contact McDonald at 334-850-1487 or smcdonald@ttlusa.com or Marilee Tankersley at 334-567-4637 or mtankersley@elmore.rr.com.

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