RIDGWAY – Sculpture Contest

Weehawken Creative Arts

[May 2019 | San Juan Silver Stage | By Ashley King-Grambley]
Images, courtesy Weehawken Arts.

Youth category contestant uses photos as inspiration.

When it comes to Ridgway’s Annual Amateur Sculpting Contest, there are just a few requirements to participate: you cannot be a professional sculptor, you have to complete your sculpture in two hours, and you have to be ready to have fun.

In its seventh year, Weehawken’s Annual Amateur Sculpting Contest is looking for anyone (adults and youth) who would like to try to sculpt three to five pounds of clay into a masterpiece in just two hours. At the end of the event, a panel of professional artists determines the winners, awarding hefty cash prizes.

John Billings with one of the youth winners during the awards ceremony.

In honor of Michael McCullough, John Billings, Sculpture House, and Weehawken Creative Arts will present the 7th Annual Ridgway Amateur Sculpting Contest Sunday, June 9th, in downtown Ridgway. Artist Check-in will run from Noon until 1 p.m. on the sidewalk in front of the Sherbino in Ridgway. The contest will run from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. with youth participants creating in the 610 Arts Collective space and adults and teens participating in the Sherbino venue. The public is welcome to silently observe during the two-hour creation period. There will be a one-hour break for judging, followed by an awards ceremony reception, starting at 4 p.m.

“Weehawken (Creative Arts) runs literally hundreds of events each year, but this event is my favorite,” said Executive Director, Ashley King. “It showcases the power of Weehawken programming and cuts right to the root of why Weehawken is such a valuable community asset. You see live and in-person the power of the creative arts and a demonstration of human imagination at its finest! The best part is that it’s for amateur sculptors, which means everyone is just giving it a shot. Even participating as a spectator is magical, as at the start of the event, it’s a room full of five-pound blocks of clay and, within two hours, you see a major evolution into really lovely works of art!”

Two adults work on their pieces during the 2-hour window of the Sculpting Contest.

Adult Registration is $30 in advance or $35 on June 9th (the day of the event). Youth Registration is open to all ages and is $15 in advance or $20 on June 9th (the day of the event). Registration is limited to only 20 youths. The registration fee includes a 2- or 5-pound block of clay (three pounds for youth and five pounds for adults) and sculpting tools. Additional tools may be brought in from home but armatures are not allowed. Professional sculptors are asked to not enter this contest, as this contest is intended for amateur sculptors only.

Please note that there is not a theme. Participants can create as they wish. Practice clay is available in five-pound bricks for $25 from Weehawken Creative Arts.

Sculpture in-progress during the 2-hour window of the Sculpting Contest.

The hefty cash prizes include: $500 1st prize adult, $200 1st prize youth; $300 2nd prize adult, $100 2nd prize youth; $200 3rd prize adult, $50 3rd prize youth; $250 John Billings Award Choice adult and $150 John Billings Award Choice youth.

John Billings, Sculpture House and Weehawken Creative Arts are the event sponsors. For more information and to register, visit Weehawken Creative Arts at www.weehawkenarts.org or call Weehawken at 970-318-0150.

Photo Credits: Images Courtesy of Weehawken Arts