For centuries, artists have been inspired by the natural beauty
of the Hudson River and its surrounding valley. This spring,
Scenic Hudson is celebrating all young artists in the Hudson
Valley with a fun art competition for kids 18 and under.

Between now and April 30, 2007, we’re asking young people to
create artwork inspired by a Scenic Hudson park — or any Hudson
River scene — and submit a scan or digital photo of it to a
special gallery on our Web site:

Photography, painting, sculptures, sketches, etc. are all acceptable mediums, so long as you can submit a scan or a digital photograph to the site. Each artist’s entry will then be entered into two separate competitions:

COMPETITION #1 — River Champion Artists of the Year  Every young artist who makes a submission to the Web gallery will automatically get an invitation to Scenic Hudson’s River Champion Family Picnic on Sunday, May 20, at a spectacular riverfront location in Poughkeepsie. There, the original artworks will be judged by a panel of art experts and first, second and third place prizes will be awarded in each of five age groups. Each winner will receive a special Scenic Hudson assortment of age-appropriate art supplies.

COMPETITION #2 — Online “People’s Choice” Awards  Everyone who visits Scenic Hudson’s “Art in the Park” online gallery between now and Friday, May 25 will have a chance to vote for their favorite artwork in each age group. The vote will determine a winner in each age group who receive a gift certificate valid at a Hudson Valley arts and crafts store.

Find all contest details online:

“Art in the Park” is all about connecting kids and families to the beauty, power and inspiration of the Hudson River. So even if you don’t have a young artist in your family, we hope you will participate, either by voting for your favorite artwork online or by spreading the word about the contest to friends, schools, community groups or arts organizations. You can use the”tell a friend” link below or just tell folks to visit and follow the links to “Art in the Park.”

Sincerely, Ned Sullivan
President Scenic Hudson