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Artwork Contest for 2006 Fair
Enclosed is an information packet for the 2006 Common Ground Country Fair Poster Contest. Submissions are due in the MOFGA office by 4 p.m. on Friday, August 5, 2005. Late submissions cannot be accepted. This packet contains a contest registration form, guidelines for the contest, and a description of the MOFGA Mission Statement and Common Ground Goals and Objectives to inspire your creation. Please call 568-4142 if you have questions.
The 2005 poster contest winner is Susan Balch. A new flock of baby chicks, two beautiful hens (one of whom was at the Common Ground Country Fair) and a crowing rooster: This year's winning design for the Common Ground poster, T-shirts, tote bags and other products was Susan Balch's second submission to the contest-and her second win, a first in the entire history of the poster contest.
Here's a suggestion to all of you who are considering entering the contest. While we don't want to discourage creativity in any way, we want you to know that the Fair Steering Committee must consider how the artwork will look on a poster, a t-shirt and other Fair promotional material and merchandise. We have had some absolutely beautiful submissions over the years that were not able to consider because they were just too complex and busy. Please keep this in mind, when you are dreaming up your design.
Last year, for the first time ever, we had a submission lost through the mail when returning the submission back to the artist. If you would like us to return your submission by registered mail or have it insured please call the office, there will be an extra charge according to the packaging size and weight, but it is the only way we can be assured of tracking the item.
This year's Fair will take place on September 23, 24, & 25. I hope that you, your friends and family will be able to join us in the big celebration. If you would like a copy of the Fairbook, please let us know by August 5 and we'll send one to you free of charge. After that, Fairbooks will cost $5.00 to mail out; however, they will be free once again at the Fair. Alternatively, you may wish to visit MOFGA's web site for details such as the Fair Schedule of Events, the exhibitor's participant list, and articles about different areas and presentations at the Fair. Right now there is very general information about the Fair on the web, but we hope to have our entire Fairbook posted by the end of July.
Good Luck in creating your poster contest design! Again, the deadline for submissions for the 2006 poster art contest is August 5th, 2005.
Common Ground Country Fair Director
Coordinators: Common Ground Country Fair Office, Common Ground Country Fair Steering Committee
Purpose: The purpose of the Poster Contest is to select the image to be used for the Fair poster. The theme of the poster must be in line with the goals and policies of MOFGA and the Common Ground Country Fair.
- The CGCF limits contest eligibility to residents of the State of Maine and members (including non-Maine residents) of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association.
- Artwork submissions must arrive at the MOFGA office by the August deadline indicated on the application.
- The CGCF limits each artist to two submissions. Entry forms must accompany submissions.
- The CGCF office has an established type-style and particular information that will appear on the finished poster. The necessary Fair wording and information will be added to the winning artwork.
- Submissions must be of professional quality, and must be original artwork. Work copied from magazines, artwork by another artist or photos not taken by the artist will not be considered original.
- Poster size is approximately 18" x 24". The artwork is generally smaller 13.5 X 13.5 or so.
- The CGCF limits the artwork to 9 (nine) colors.
- The winning artist will be responsible for hand-separating the final artwork for the silk screening process.
- The winning artist will be responsible for supplying a black line plate of the artwork used.
- The winning artist may work with the typesetter to create the final design.
- The Poster Selection Committee retains the right to approve the final design.
- The winning artist agrees to be present at the Fair on Sunday afternoon from 1 pm to 5 pm for poster signing.
- Past images and the year they were presented include: Detailed Promo Poster - 1977, 1978, 1979, Wheat - 1980, Sunflower - 1981, Onions - 1982, Sheep/Pumpkins - 1983, Rooster/Chickens - 1984, Peas - 1985, Apples - 1986, Farm Animals - 1987, Cow - 1988, Carrots - 1989, Pig - 1990, Earth Apple - 1991, Goats - 1992, Beet - 1993, Turkey - 1994, Cucumbers - 1995, Mules - 1996, Vegetable Mosaic - 1997, Honey Bee - 1998, Garlic Braid - 1999, Geese - 2000, Sheep - 2001, Corn - 2002, Tools - 2003, Crow & Tomatoes -- 2004. and Chickens --2005
- MOFGA will use the selected artwork for: Fair Poster; Fair Brochure Cover; Fair Book Cover; Press Releases; Fair T-Shirts; Other Items As Determined by MOFGA and the CGCF.
- The CGCF obtains perpetual and exclusive ownership, copyrights and control over the use of the original winning artwork in all forms and formats. The CGCF may reproduce in any fashion, including multimedia and electronic imaging, all or any portion of the artwork, and distribute for profit any reproductions of the artwork.
- The winning artist will receive: $1,000.00 to be paid after January 1 of the coming year; a press release about selected artwork/artist; a write-up in the Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener newspaper, and the MOFGA newsletter for one year.
- The Poster Selection Committee will decide on winning artwork before September 1 each year.
- The Poster Selection Committee may choose to retain other submissions for one year for future consideration with a $100.00 payment to the artist for the option to use the artwork.
- Artists have three options for getting back their submission(s). Artists may: 1.) send $5.00 for postage and handling to the MOFGA Office, and the CGCF will return the work by mail; or 2.) send $10.00 postage, handling and registered mail; or 3.) come to the office and pick up submissions between September dates indicated on the application. Artists wishing to have their artwork mailed back must provide adequate, reusable packing material so that the artwork can be sent safely. If the artist does not send $5.00 with appropriate packing material, or does not pick up her/his submission(s) by the September deadline, the submission(s) become(s) the property of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA). MOFGA is located on the on the Crosby Brook Road in Unity. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The mailing address is: MOFGA, PO Box 170, Unity, ME 04988-0170. Phone 207-568-4142.
- MOFGA will reopen the contest if the Poster Selection Committee decides that a wider range of appropriate submissions is needed.
Common Ground Country Fair Artwork Contest
Deadline for Submissions for 2006 Contest: 4 p.m. - Friday, August 5, 2005
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This Year's Poster For Sale
This year's posters are available from the Fair office for $10.00 plus
$3.00 shipping and handling for up to five posters. Checks should be made
payable to "MOFGA." Send orders to PO Box 170, Unity, ME 04988.
Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA)
Common Ground Country Fair
PO Box 170
Unity, ME 04988