KCCF seeking artwork featuring ‘Kona In Your Cup’


The iconic Kona Coffee Cultural Festival now in its 43rd year is calling all artists and announcing the launch of the 2013 Festival Art Contest. The design entry should feature the Festival’s 2013 theme, “Kona In Your Cup.”

The winning design will be the featured on all official 2013 festival merchandise including the Festival Button, Event Poster and 2013 Tee Shirt. Other applications for the artwork chosen will be the Festival magazine cover, website and other promotional materials.

The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival has received some magnificent artwork through the years all depicting the cherished Kona coffee lifestyle and favorite brew. Artists are encouraged to be inspired by this year’s theme and no typography should be included in their art entry.

Artists of traditional media including oil, acrylic, tempera, watercolor, illustrations and prints as well as computer graphics and photographers are invited to participate.

The winning artist will receive $500 and be recognized in the 2013 Kona Coffee Cultural Festival magazine.

“The Festival Art Contest is a fun time for us and it launches the start of Festival planning for nearly 50 events slated for this year’s Festival,” said Festival President Mel Morimoto. “This year we’ve added prize money for the winning art, hoping to inspire our local artists to get out their paint boxes, keyboards or cameras! We’re surrounded in our community by many great artists with a fine sense of creative vision and we look forward to seeing the entries.”

Artwork submissions are due by Monday, April 1, 2013 and should be delivered to Malia Bolton at the Kona Coffee & Tea Company located at 74-5035 Queen Kaahumanu Highway or entries can be submitted electronically via email to maliabolton@gmail.com.

Be sure to write “Festival Submission” in the subject line with your electronic entries.

The Festival will unveil the winning artwork at its April Board of Directors meeting and the winner will be notified by mail or electronically.

Art Contest Details

* Artists of traditional media (oil, acrylic, tempera, watercolor, illustrations, prints), computer graphics or photographers are invited to participate.

* Deadline for submissions is Monday, April 1, 2013. The winning artist will be notified in writing.

* The winning entry becomes property of the Festival Organizers and will be used on all official festival merchandise.

* The winning artist will receive $500 and be recognized in the 2013 Kona Coffee Cultural Festival magazine. The winning artist must be available for poster signings, media interviews and
public appearances from September through November 2013 including Festival events from Nov. 1-10, 2013.

* Submissions may be original artwork or a digital file of art. If submitting artwork electronically, file should be at 300 dpi, approximately 8” in its longest dimension. Winning art if submitted digitally may require a higher resolution file for print collateral.

* No typography should be in the artwork.

* Secure contact information (name, contact information) to the back of the entry.

* Submissions should be delivered on or before Monday, April 1, 2013 to Malia Bolton, Kona Coffee & Tea Company, 74-5035 Queen Kaahumanu Highway, Kailua Kona or electronically at maliabolton@gmail.com, with “Festival Submission” stated in the subject line.

For more information on the artwork rules and guidelines, call 896-7907 or email maliabolton@gmail.com.

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