W.H. Over to sponsor contests in
connection with Between the Fences The W.H. Over Museum is sponsoring several contests in connection with the coming of the Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition, Between Fences. Specific information for all contests and activities related to Between Fences can be found on the Web site: www.betweenfencesvermillion.org. Two contests for area artists and photographers have already been announced. Janet Beeman reports that the School Art and Photo Contests announcement and entry form is posted on the Web site. The winning entries from each school will receive awards and be displayed at the W.H. Over during the time Between Fences is here. John Banasiak heads up the juried general public photo contest and has announced that the information and entry form are also on the Web site. Winners will be displayed at the W. H. Over during the run of Between Fences and prizes will be given at the closing program. In an effort to include area writers, the W.H. Over announces an essay/poetry Contest headed by Maxine Johnson. This will be an open class contest with adults (18 and over) in one group and students in another. Entries for the contest could be focused around themes like: â�?¢ Do fences make good neighbors? â�?¢ I once saw a ________ over my fence! â�?¢ I donâ�?�?t want my neighbors to see it when I ________. â�?¢ Are fences un-American? â�?¢ How do you build your fences? However after looking at the summary of the exhibit under â�?�?ABOUTâ�? at our Web site, the writer might think of some other topic or theme on which to write. Winning entries will be read by their authors at the closing program on Sunday, Nov. 2 at the W. H. Over and receive their prizes. The entire community is invited to participate in the Paint a Picket Contest. Contestants may purchase plain â�?�?picketsâ�? at the office of the W.H. Over Museum ($5 for a dog-eared 6â�?x4â�?�? picket). Families, local groups (scouts, etc.) are encouraged to purchase pickets and decorate them as they wish. The decorated pickets will be collected and assembled onto a picket fence frame at the museum. Museum visitors vote for winning pickets in each category. Possible themes: family history, settlers, state history, ranching, homemaking, mining, childrenâ�?�?s games, etc. The W.H. Over will have a table at the Vermillion Arts Council fair on Sept. 13 to sell pickets and advertise Between Fences. Note: There will be a special section of fence reserved for pickets honoring veterans or servicemen and women. This fence will be honored during the Oct. 30 Thursday evening program at the Over featuring a Veteransâ�?�? panel. Starting the week before the arrival of the Smithsonian Exhibit, the Mystery Fence Contest will begin in the Plain Talk. There will be six photos taken of fences in the area of Vermillion/Clay County. These photos will be published one a week starting the week before the exhibit opens. The first person to correctly identify the fence each week before the next issue of the Plain Talk is published will win a prize. All entries to identify the fence must be received before the next weekâ�?�?s mystery fence is displayed since at that time the identity of the previous fence will be revealed. Between Fences will open on Sept. 25 and run through Nov. 2. Special hours for this exhibit are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information call W.H. Over Museum (605-677-5228) or Nancy Hodgson (605-957-4686) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com . Check Web sites: www.whovermuseum.org or www.betweenfencesvermillion.org.