What is paradise . . . to you?

Paradise is defined as an ideal place or state, but ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal asks, “what is paradise to you?” Their current international Call for Artists and Writers is paradise-themed so people of all ages from all around the world can share their visions.

Entries for ArtAscent‘s call may include two and three-dimensional media, drawings, paintings, photography, mixed media, installations, ceramics, jewelry, fabric, sculpture, fiction, poetry, short stories, and other writings. Each piece of writing must be at least 900 words.

Although many competitions are free of charge, this contest requires a ten-dollar entry fee for writers and fees as high as forty-five dollars for artists, but does not require a commission fee. Applicants must  using the online entry form from ArtAscent.com.

The contest will be judged. Ten writers will be published in the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal, through website links, and in an online juried web exhibition for two years. The one writer who wins the contest will have the opportunity to be included in ArtAscent with a profile review, along with three other applicants form other categories. Overall, forty applicants will be selected.

The contest does not focus on a specific religion, but it does focus on spiritual, love, and Zen vibes. The writing genres include children’s, crime/thriller, drama, essay, fantasy, fiction, general, horror, mystery, poetry, romance, science fiction, and young adult. Previously published or unpublished works are eligible for entry.

If you believe that your idea of paradise is unique and should be showcased in the magazine, then this contest is the one for you. The application period closes on October 31.


The Art Studio, in Auburn

Being able to go inside an art studio is great, but seeing your own art in the studio is even better!  There is so much to think about in making a work of art: Why was it made? What story does it have? What inspired the artist to make it? And if you’re interested in making art, there are thing you can pick up in an art studio that you just can’t in an art class at school.

The Art Studio in Auburn was founded by Michelle Motley Giddens, who is passionate about art. The studio offers private classes, for those seeking to perfect a specific skill, and they also offer more general classes. All About Art and Drawing and Painting for kindergarteners through fifth graders, Studio Time for students in grades six and up, and workshops on Saturdays.

In All About Art, which meets on Tuesday at 4:00 P.M, students work with watercolors, fiber, printmaking and more/ The Drawing and Painting classes are held on Wednesdays at 3:30 P.M and offer lessons in the fundamentals of drawing and painting which includes still- life, landscape, and portraiture. (Classes like these will enhance your ideas and make them look better than cut and paste!) Studio Time on Wednesdays at 4:30 P.M. This is drawing and painting as well, but focuses on the students who want to excel and learn specific media and techniques with mastery of concepts. Space is limited for all of these classes. The Art Studio also offers the School Day Out Camp. This camp only allows twelve kids, who get to do independent and hands-on work.

The lady behind all of this, Michelle Motley Giddens, is former middle school teacher who has a BA in communication from Auburn University and also studied art in Cortona, Italy. She lives on a farm outside of Auburn, with her husband and two children. When she was a stay-at-home mom, she continued to make her art showing her works at the local art gallery, but she continued to be asked when she would teach another class. Those first art classes started small, but since then The Art Studio was born!

“When the youngest is in school full-time I plan to expand my classes, offering more classes, adding classes for adults and hiring teachers.” Mrs. Giddens expressed. She currently does this part time. She feels strongly about being at home with her kids, but more classes will come in the future.

For more information about The Art Studio, visit their website.

[Artwork reproduced with permission.]