TOWNSEND -- The Townsend VFW Post #6538 Ladies Auxiliary is sponsoring the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Awards in conjunction with the Department of Massachusetts and the National VFW Auxiliaries. Through the program, high school students have the opportunity to use their artistic talents to express their patriotism while competing for cash at the local and state levels and funds to further their education at the national level.

The Townsend Ladies Auxiliary will award $35 to its first-place winner, $25 to its second-place finisher and $15 to its third-place finalist. The Townsend Auxiliary's winning entry will be entered into the Department of Massachusetts VFW Auxiliary Competition, in which $200 will be awarded to the first-place winner and $100 will be given to the second-place finisher.

The state's winning art piece will be entered into the national competition in which scholarships of $10,000 for first place, $5,000 for second place, $2,500 for third place, $1,500 for fourth place, and $500 each for fifth through eighth places will be awarded to the winners.

The national winner will also receive a plaque and airfare plus two nights' lodging to attend the 2013 Ladies Auxiliary National Convention in Louisville, Ky. The first-place art will be featured on the cover of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW Magazine. Second- and third-place winning entries will be featured in the magazine and all eight top winning entries will be featured on the Ladies Auxiliary VFW website.


The Townsend Auxiliary's Young American Creative Patriotic Act Awards Program is open to students in grades nine through 12 who attend school or are home-schooled in Massachusetts. All eligible young people are encouraged to enter the program.

The art must be on paper or canvas using watercolor, pencil, pastel, charcoal, tempera, crayon, acrylic, pen and ink, or oil. Digital art will not be accepted.

Entries should not be framed. Canvas entries should be submitted on stretcher frames, while other entries must be matted on white. It is strongly recommended that heavy paper be used to reinforce the back of an entry which is matted. Mounted and floating mats may also be used. The art should be no smaller than eight inches by 10 inches, nor larger than 18 inches by 24 inches, not including the mat. If the American Flag is used in the entry, it must conform to the Federal Flag Code as far as color, number of stars and stripes, and other pertinent rules of the code. The art entry must have been done during the current school year. Each student may submit only one entry in the competition. A completed official entry form from bearing information from the artist, the source of the idea for the artwork, and the signatures of his art teacher and his parent, plus a typed explanation of the patriotism expressed in the artwork must be attached to the back of the entry.

Entry forms and information about the program may be obtained from high school art teachers or from Betty Mae Tenney of the Townsend Ladies Auxiliary VFW. Each entry will be judged on the originality of concept, presentation and patriotism expressed; the content of how it relates to patriotism and clarity of ideas; the design technique and total impact of work; and its uniqueness.

All young American Creative Patriotic Art Awards entries must be submitted to Tenney by Sunday, March 31.