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    MAKE ART NOT WAR™

    "Make Art Not War" is our slogan, expressing the concept that art promotes peace through teaching and sharing the excitement and passion for visual arts among all people and cultures.

    Entry fees from PaintingContest.org contribute to our mission to discover and support youth and emerging artists living in places or countries without easy access to art supplies or art instruction. How? By funding the design and donation of art kits with a guided project and art supplies. Each kit includes a non-toxic watercolor paint set, watercolor brush, 140 lb. archival-quality watercolor paper, and instructional guide. We used the very watercolor set that students will receive to create the example shown in the video, and have only added extra white watercolor paint to the inside lid. We also inspect each brush and clip any extra hairs to ensure a good user experience, knowing this may be the first time ever with a real paintbrush! See a Sample Project HERE.

    ART FROM BELIZE, CENTRAL AMERICA

    Decorative plates by Nesh Tzib. Nesh is an artist from Belize, Central America, descended from Maya and Creole families. The world is a richer, more beautiful, and peaceful place when talented people have the opportunity to share their wonderful art with the world.

    Collector Plate Series - BIRDS OF BELIZE by Belizean artist Nesh Tzib

     
     

     

    BACKGROUND STORY - MY TIME IN BELIZE

    I lived in Belize, Central America, for 1 1/2 years. There, I learned there were no art classes in the local schools, and art supplies were either unavailable or totally out of reach due to cost. One day, I was shown a painting by a farmer (Nesh Tzib) who worked daily on the citrus orchard surrounding my home near Santa Elena (western Belize). It was amazing, of a peacock surrounded by roses. He had painted it for his mother after losing one eye as a teenager (due to a slingshot). He used housepaint and when he didn't have the color yellow available, he used cool-aid to make it. Very resourceful!

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    Victoria (Vicky) Oldham paints a scarlet macaw during her time in Belize (oil on oil painting paper, 16" x 20"). See it up close here.

    I soon learned that some of the kids in the area were very talented as well. The idea formed: they needed art supplies and direction, and it would give them an opportunity in art that never existed before. I supplied Nesh with paints, canvas, brushes, and paid him to paint designs that could go on objects like plates... first, a series of Belize birds. I came up with art kits for the kids, and Nesh helped to guide some of them in their first projects, even though he has never had an art lesson himself.

    View the embedded image gallery online at:
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    American and European tourists daily visit the Mayan ruins in Belize like Xunantunich (pronounced zoo-nan-too-nich, 10 minutes from where I lived in Belize) and on the way to the site, the place is crowded with Guatemalan crafts—no Belizean art. This shocked me, especially after learning that the local people show such an aptitude for art and design. Also, there is extreme poverty and lack of opportunity for most Belizean people. I wondered: could an opportunity in art make a difference? I said yes—I believe, a huge difference. This is why net proceeds from PaintingContest.org will be used to help talented individuals who would otherwise be excluded from participation in the world of fine art. — Victoria Oldham

     

    Monthly Best in Show wins $1,000.00 cash. All 12 monthly Finalists win a free promoted painting entry. Finalists chosen and critiqued by a different professional artist judge each month. All 144 monthly finalists from 12 months compete for Grand Prizes awarded in August. Entry fees support artists without access to art supplies or art instruction. Sign up here to stay informed.