Found Objects

by Amy Kingsley

Need an excuse to reload that camera, unfold the easel or resume that abandoned novel? Last week my inbox groaned with many missives inviting Triad residents to submit the fruit of their creative labors to the public eye. Here are some with looming deadlines.

If you ever nursed dreams of becoming a fashion model or taking pictures of fashion models, consider contributing to the Community Portrait Wall at the Green Hill Center. The center is accepting unframed 5-inch by 5-inch portraits for the wall, which will be unveiled during the upcoming Facing South exhibition. Any two-dimensional work will do, it doesn’t have to be photography.

Tate Street Coffee House is also accepting submissions for its Community Coffee Art Show; professionals and amateurs are invited to contribute. The deadline for submissions is April 1, and all work must involve coffee. The exhibition opens sometime in April and ends a month later.

Here’s one for the kids. The Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Library invites students in grades 6-12 to submit nature photographs for a contest in honor of Earth Day. The photos will hang from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on April 5. Students who want to participate need to deliver their submission to the library by hand on Wednesday between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Only the first 50 middle school and high school entries will be accepted.

And if you question the value of entering a contest like that, consider the case of Nichole Dickson, a Greensboro resident who is one of 10 finalists for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, an “American Idol” for aspiring authors. Dickson spent seven years writing Casting Off. I won’t take nearly that long to read an excerpt of the novel on and cast a vote – which you can do until March 31.

Mystery writer John Hart is also up for an award. His second book, Down River, has been selected as a finalist for a 2008 Edgar Award. Hart is one of a handful of finalists for best novel, the second time in two years that he’s been up for the prize.

Tate Street Coffee is hosting a poetry open mike on Monday at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by UNCG, and it’s free and open to the public.