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Community asked to show off their art skills in Leadership of Santa Maria Valley's art competition

Twenty winners will be picked to have their work published.
Posted at 4:02 PM, Sep 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-12 00:39:30-04

The Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Santa Maria Valley Class of 2020 is hosting an art competition for students in the area to show of their artistic abilities.

The contest allows students the opportunity to create artwork for a bilingual children's book that the leadership class wrote called Strawberry Moon says, Goodnight.

Organizers are searching for artwork that depicts local landmarks and things that make Santa Maria Valley and the surrounding area memborable.

The contest is open to 4th and 12th grade students in the Santa Maria Valley. All artwork must must be entered in a paper template form and created by using colored pencils only.

"We want the kids in the community's help to illustrate this book. I think it is really incredible to see children's art work illustrated in a book to see how they perceive these beautiful landmarks that they have grown to love and know as they grow up in this community," said Diana Moffitt with Leadership Santa Maria Valley.

To enter the contest participants can pick up an art template and parent release form at the Abel Maldonado Community Youth Center at 600 S. McClelland Street or the Boys and Girls Club at 901 N. Railroad Avenue. Once parent release forms are filled out and the artwork is complete participants can return their creations to any Community Bank of Santa Maria, Mechanics Bank in Santa Maria, or the Abel Maldonado Community Youth Center.

In total, 20 entries will be selected to be published in the bilingual children's book. Students who are picked to represent the artwork in the book will receive a $100 gift card and entered into a drawing for a chance to win a Nintedo Switch.

All entries are due Sept. 25. For more information or any questions, email