Art contest coming to First Friday

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Donald Gialanella created one of the pieces on display at the ArtHub in downtown Kingman. Gialanella is one of four guest judges for Mohave Community College’s live-art competition.

Courtesy<BR> Donald Gialanella created one of the pieces on display at the ArtHub in downtown Kingman. Gialanella is one of four guest judges for Mohave Community College’s live-art competition.

KINGMAN - Carly Sitton is hoping that the third time's a charm when it comes to winning a bi-annual art competition sponsored by Mohave Community College.

Sitton, 18, of Kingman, submitted her entry form June 25 for the event, which will take place from 4-7 p.m. Friday at the ArtHub, 402 E. Beale St. This is the first time the 2-year-old contest has a community partner and will be part of Kingman's monthly "First Friday" event.

At the start of the contest, participants will be given a mystery box of items that must be included in the design. Contestants will have one hour to plan, design and visually communicate a word or concept that will be revealed at the start of the competition. A panel will judge the artwork based on presentation and the creative use of the items.

Sitton, a recent Kingman Academy of Learning graduate, has entered the contest since it began. She plans to work toward a liberal arts degree at MCC and is hoping to receive one of the event's winning scholarships to MCC's visual communication program.

"I like the fact that they give you items in a bag and you have to figure out what to do with the items, but you only have a certain amount of time," said Sitton. "It's really fun. I really enjoy it. It makes me expand my mind to think of what can I do with these items and with my style."

The registration deadline for the "Success by Design" event is 5 p.m. Tuesday.

So far, nine participants have submitted registration forms. The event is open to the public and there is no cost to enter, nor do participants need formal art education or training to participate.

The one-hour, live-art competition is expected to begin around 5 p.m. The contest will last exactly one hour. Judging will begin immediately after the contest, and the winners will be announced that evening. MCC's Lake Havasu City and Bullhead City campuses will not be hosting the competition, but residents of those communities are invited to participate in the Kingman event.

For more information about the competition, go to www.mohave.edu/viscomm or call Tricia Hanks at MCC Kingman at (928) 757-0855.