Fabulous Fall Festival Saturday, October 13 • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Live birds, music, soap and wood carving, kids’ crafts, face painting, and more! $2 / Free if you are 3 and under or show your Museum or Green Mountain Woodcarver membership card
Our schedule of events (but check when you get here to be sure): 10:00 Carving Workshop : Spirit faces in bark (2 hours; $10 fee but this includes all-day admission also)
11:00 Soap Carving
11:00 Live Music by Northeast Field (terrific Celtic music)
1:00 Live Bird Talk
2:00 Soap Carving
2:15 Face Painting
3:00 Nature Note cards
3:59 Announcing Winner of the Kids Raffle
All Day / Ongoing:
Admire the Art Contest Entries and discover the Winners (Pick up your ribbon and prize if it’s you)
Used Books and Other Treasures Sale
Explore the Museum (can you find all 535 eggs? Did we count right?)
Get a ticket for a Raffle: Kids Raffle (Saturday only) and Decoy Raffle (winner announced October 31)
Live birds at our feeders, in the woods, in the meadoews
Snacks available for sale
Yet more games and crafts
Walking trails (have you found the pond? The stone wall? The new bench? All the items on the Unnatural Trail?)
Enter your bird art in the Birds of Vermont Museum 2012 Art Contest. The theme is
It’s a Bird’s World
2012 Art Contest Rules
Download an art contest flyer for you, a friend, your school, library, or scout group! Art Contest Flyer (142 kb PDF), or read the rules below. We look forward to seeing your art!
Who can enter?
Anyone aged 0 – 18 years old.
What can I enter?
Art that fits our 2012 theme: It’s a Bird’s World. How do you and birds affect each other and your world?
Contestants may use any media.
Past entries (and winners) have used paint, colored pencils, crayons, markers, clay, wood, or papier-mâché.
Flat submissions (paper, collage, etc.) must be no larger than 8 ½” x 11”
3-D art must be smaller than 6”x 6”x 8”
How do I enter?
One entry per person.
Name, age and contact information must be included with entry. Please put this on the back or bottom if possible.
Entries must be received no later than September 30, 2012.
Please bring or mail entries to:
Birds of Vermont Museum
900 Sherman Hollow Road
Huntington, Vermont 05462
Entries will be displayed at the museum throughout the 2012 season, so enter early!
First, second, and honorable mention prizes will be awarded in the following categories (most are age-based):
5 years and younger
6 – 8 years
9 – 13 years
14 – 18 years
We may add additional prizes or categories at our discretion. In the past, we’ve added Masks, Ceramics, and Watercolor and Resists.
Winners will be announced at the Museum at the Fall Festival, Saturday, October 13, 2011 (see more events on our calendar).
Winning entries may be displayed (with artist and parent approval) on our blog or our Facebook page after the Festival.
Can I get my art back?
Of course! Entries may be picked up at the Museum. We encourage you to collect them between October 13 and November 1, 2012, if possible. We are open by appointment, rather than daily, starting November 1.
We welcome sponsors of our art contest! Contact us if you’d like to donate funds (to purchase prizes) or prizes (we do ask that we get to vet these first).
Past sponsors have included farm and garden stores, art supply shops, artists, and museum members.
What a great year! We had first, second, third prize winners, some honorable mentions, and some of special note, e.g., “Best Chuckle” and “Most Like Marc Chagall.” Again, local art teachers in Chittenden County encouraged their classes, which always adds to the diversity and richness of the submitted art.
The winners are:
Ages 0-5: Maeve, Ruby, Fiona, Cecily, Avery and Pace Ages 6-8: Emma, Alyssa, Alex, Marlie, and Morgan Ages 9-13: Carrie, Erin, Jordan, Brandon, Graham, Sevi, Jason,
and Breanna Ages 14-18: Daniel and Chad
Ages 0-5: Tom Ages 6-8: Anna, Katie, Hayley and Morgan
Guest post from Ali Wagner, Birder and Museum Member
Last fall, a few of Vermont’s counties decided to take part in a friendly challenge of seeing and reporting the most species of birds during the 2011 calendar year. This has morphed into a state-wide challenge with all counties eagerly participating.
Age 0-5: Melody B, Lily K, Kenny F, Anna P, Olivia O Ages 6-8: Noah B, Cooper H, Jake B, Petra B, Celeste B Ages 9-13: Lena H, Anna-Sophie S, Lexi P, Amanda G, Kate O Ages 14-18: Christina H, Lindsay F, Hannah G
And some special categories:
Sculpture (3-D): Shannon H, Allison G, Alexander U, Hannah D, Melissa A Collage (First Graders): Kameron C, Mary M, Cater F, Ian M Flying Patterned Birds: Will P, Nicholas M, Caroline S, Caleb R, Carter S, Myiah D 3-Dimensional Flying Foil Birds: Makenna T, Isaac D, Jackson E, Shannon H, Amy L, Kyle D
We had a few “Specials” (these are at the Judge’s discretion and change from year to year):
Georgia W for “Best Kestrel”; Clementine for “Cutest Penguin”; Lily for “best Mallard”; Leola A for “Cutest Couple”; Kenny for “Best Cardinal”; Aziana H for “Best Happy Owl”, and David A for “Best Woodpecker”
For more images, check out our album at Facebook. Feel free to leave comments here or there.
Guest post by Lori Hinrichsen, Artist, Photographer, and Judge of the 2010 Art Contest
When I walked into the Museum the other day I was thrilled to be surrounded by so much creativity, imagery, and enthusiasm of all the artwork entries. From abstract to representational, from humor, composition, color and form, to a range of creative interpretation, the Birds of Vermont Museum Art contest was a delight for the eyes.
I want to congratulate all of you who participated in the event and I genuinely wish I could have given each of you a ribbon for all your wonderful entries. I would like to encourage you to keep making art and sharing it with others. I would like to extend gratitude to your teachers, parents, neighbors, friends and family for keeping the arts alive, every day.
Wishing you a warm lingering autumn. Vermont is a very special place in all seasons.
Enjoy our Fall Festival with Woodcarvers — Live birds — Used Books/Garage Sale — Nature Journal Workshop — Insect Info — Birds!
Woodcarvers will be demonstrating their art in the workshop.
Carol Winfield returns with live birds at 11:00.
Find something wonderful at our Used Books/Garage Sale.
Heather Fitzgerald offers a Nature Journal Workshop.
Rhonda Mace from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture will answer questions about Invasive Insects.
Kids activities and games, nature walks.
We’ve created a FaceBook Album to show the winning entries from our 2009 Art Contest. Many thanks to all artists, and to their parents and teachers who supported and encouraged them.
Our 2009 wining artists are:
Age 0-5: Clayton M, Natalia G, and Kate J Ages 6-8: Syd F, Brandon B, Joanna W, Connor O, Daniel C, Jessica B, Jonah J, Josh D, Logan W, Olivia C, Olivia V, Owen Z Ages 9-13: Clarisse H, Georgia W, Ashley M, Austin B, and Hannah M Ages 14-18: Madeline D, Bridget F, Leighsha J, Chiara E, Emmy T
And some special categories:
3-Dimensional: Austin V, Esme C, Hannah M and Jason H Foil Art: Haley T, Olivia R, Kristina T, Dania A, Jordan A and Justine M
We had a few additional artists deserving mention:
Morgan B for the “Best Bird Part” (a beak); Cadence B for “Best Indigo Bunting”, Kelly W for “Funniest Penguin” and Yasmine N for the “Hummingbird Award”.