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West Marine unveils youth art contest

West Marine launched a competition for young artists through its BlueFuture Program, which supports youth-based initiatives on and around the water.

West Marine launched a competition for young artists through its BlueFuture Program, which supports youth-based initiatives on and around the water.

The World Oceans Day Bag Design Contest will support the company’s non-profit BlueFuture Fund.

West Marine’s BlueFuture Program is inviting children ages 5-12 and teens 13-18 to submit original artwork inspired by the 2016 World Oceans Day theme — Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet. Youth artists may use a variety of media and techniques, including painting, drawing, printmaking and digital illustration.

A panel of West Marine judges will review the entries by age group and choose a winner in each category.

Both pieces of winning artwork and the artists’ signatures will appear on reusable, eco-friendly bags that will be available for purchase in select West Marine stores across North America, starting June 1, for $5.

All of the proceeds generated from bag sales will be donated to the BlueFuture Fund, which funds grants for youth-based organizations that are dedicated to getting youngsters on and around the water in recreational and educational capacities.

Each winner of the World Oceans Day Bag Design Contest also will receive a $250 West Marine gift card as a special thank you.

“To enter the contest, a parent or guardian may simply help their young artist fill out our online submission form, which can be downloaded at www.westmarine.com/worldoceansday, and mail that in to West Marine, along with the artwork,” West Marine communications director Lindsey Johnson said in a statement. “We’re eager to see how the World Oceans Day theme inspires our country’s young artists and, in turn, how they express themselves to inspire the world.”

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