Deadline nears for West Marine youth art contest

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Less than two weeks remain for youth artists to enter West Marine’s second annual World Oceans Day Art Contest.

Through April 29, children ages 5-12 and 13-18 are invited to submit original artwork inspired by the 2017 World Oceans Day theme, “Our Oceans, Our Future.”

In early May a team of West Marine judges will choose one winner in each age category. The two winning pieces of artwork and their artists’ signatures will appear on fun, innovative “pieceless” puzzles that will be available for purchase at Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Conn., and in select West Marine stores across North America.

Each winner also will receive a $250 West Marine gift card as a special thank you.

The contest allows young artists to explore the World Oceans Day theme while experimenting with media and techniques that include painting, drawing, printmaking and digital illustration.

It also raises much-needed funds for West Marine’s non-profit BlueFuture program.

“All proceeds from puzzle purchases between June 5 and 11 will support our BlueFuture grants, which we award to youth-based organizations that are dedicated to providing children with access to the water in a variety of recreational and educational capacities,” West Marine communications director Lindsey Johnson said in a statement. “We look forward to this contest each year, and we can’t wait to see how the 2017 World Oceans Day theme inspires these young people to express themselves.”

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