LIMA — ArtSpace/Lima has kicked off a new partnership with Veterans Memorial Civic Center showcasing the backyard of Allen County.
The Civic Center invited ArtSpace to occupy and maintain its Mezzanine Art Gallery, and the first exhibit to be featured is the Johnny Appleseed Photography Contest.
The goal of the photography contest is to showcase the natural beauty of the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District, said park naturalist Dan Hodges.
This year was the first year only photos taken in Allen County were accepted, and it had more than double the entries than last year with 183. Only 24 of those pieces will be featured in the exhibit. The contest is open each year to the general public — some of this year’s entries were even done on a cellphone camera.
“All of these photos have been taken by normal people. You don’t have to have some super equipment or a lot of time,” Hodges said. “Just go in your backyard and take a picture.”
The contest features four categories: plants, animals, landscapes and park potpourri. Park potpourri includes anything that can be found within the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District, excluding human elements.
“You don’t have to go to Yosemite National Park or Costa Rica to find interesting things,” Hodges said. “This new exhibit at the Civic Center is a great way for us to get a little bit of our program out there.”
“This new partnership is lovely. It allows for more public viewing of people that may not have come into ArtSpace,” ArtSpace/Lima Director Sally Windle said. “It allows for more time for people to take advantage of the art.”
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