Up & Coming Weekly

March 05, 2019

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8 UCW MARCH 6-12, 2019 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM Congressional art competition accepting entries by REP. RICHARD HUDSON OPINION As your congressman, I have the honor of hosting the Congressional Art Competi- tion in our district to recognize the artistic talents of students in our community. I'm excited to announce my office is now accepting entries from local high school students. Since this nationwide competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have been involved — including hun- dreds from our district alone. Every year, I am amazed by the incredible talent and cre- ativity of young artists in our district. And one of the best parts about hosting the com- petition is getting to meet and speak with students one-on- one about their artwork at the reception I host to recognize participants and announce the winner. Admittedly, this year's competition is bittersweet. I am holding the competition in honor and remem- brance of my good friend and legendary NASCAR artist Sam Bass, who passed away last week. Sam, a Concord, North Carolina, resident, was a pillar in our community and a big part of NASCAR's history. He was the first of- ficially licensed NASCAR artist and created notable works ranging from car designs to program covers. He designed the iconic "Rainbow Warrior" scheme on Jeff Gordon's car, and countless others, out of his studio in Concord. In addi- tion, he was awarded the Smith Family Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018 by the Cabarrus County Convention and Visi- tors Bureau for his incredible contributions and impact on our community. He was beloved not just by our community but by NAS- CAR fans across the world. I got to know Sam through NASCAR. He even hosted the art competition one year at his gallery. I admired him not just for his talent but also for his incredible kindness. We continue to pray for his wife, Denise, and the entire Bass family as they go through this difficult time. is year, I hope all local high school students will join me in paying tribute to Sam by participat- ing in the art competition. All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution and may not be larger than 26" x 26" x 4" — including the frame. Interested students should submit entries to my Concord or Fayetteville District offices by 5 p.m., Friday, April 26, with a completed 2019 Congressional Art Competition Student Infor- mation and Release Form. A full list of rules and the release form can be found on my website at https:// hudson.house.gov/art-competition. e winner will be selected by an Arts Advisory Committee made up of artists from the district and will be announced at a reception hosted in Concord. e winner and one guest will have the opportu- nity to visit Washington, D.C., to participate in the national ceremony with other winners from con- gressional districts across the country, and winning artwork will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. Second place artwork will be displayed in my Washington, D.C., office, and third place artwork will be displayed in my Concord office. For more information, visit my website at hudson.house.gov or call my Concord office at 704-786-1612. Our district is home to incredibly gifted students, and I look forward to seeing this year's entries. REP. RICHARD HUDSON, R-N.C. COMMENTS? Editor@ upandcomingweekly.com. 910-484-6200. is artwork, created by Massey Hill Classi- cal High School student Deanna Glus, won last year's competition. *Some restrictions and limitations may apply. Subject to credit approval and credit history. It's About YOU. Visit www.BraggMutual.org to learn more. HELP ME Big Enough to KNOW ME Small Enough to BECOME A MEMBER TODAY - IT'S EASY! MAIN OFFICE 2917 VILLAGE DRIVE, FAYET TEVILLE D OWNTOWN 201 HAY STREET, FAYET TEVILLE SPRING L AKE 219 N. MAIN STREET, SPRING LAKE

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