by Elsie Monthei


Artists who reside in the USA and are legally blind may enter a maximum of two original works of art. These works must be ready-to-display art work, including the categories of painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, sculpture, fiber art and jewelry. No patterns or paint-by-number will be acceptable. Entries must be original works of art. Best of the Show will be selected by participants by ballot.

The cash awards have increased this year. First prize is $100, second prize $75, and third prize $50.

Entry Procedures

Artists may enter up to two works of art in the above categories, not to exceed two entries. Each entry should be labeled with the artist's name and title of the work. The entry should be labeled to indicate orientation. All works of art must be ready to hang or display-ready. Your registration form should be sent to Elsie Monthei, 1304 39th St., Des Moines, IA 50311; or phone (515) 277-0442.

Information about your work should include media, size (not to exceed 24" x 30"), title, and dimensions. Be sure to include a short description of the work as well.

Delivery and Return of Art Work

If you intend to attend national convention, you can bring your work with you. You must pick up your work and pack it yourself for the return trip.

If you intend to mail your entry, include the shipping fee to return your work to you. Also include the cost of insurance. Your works should be shipped and insured to: Elsie Monthei, Riviera Hotel and Casino, 2901 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89109. Or you may hand deliver them to Elsie Monthei.

Entry Fees

An entry fee of $10 per entry will be charged to cover the display costs. Entry fees will not be returned if the artist does not display his or her art work.


June 15: Deadline for applications to be sent to Elsie Monthei

June 29-30: Works must be at the hotel for convention

July 2: Hand delivered to Elsie Monthei for display

July 3-6: Public exhibit

July 5: noon, FIA annual business meeting and luncheon

July 5: 3 to 5 p.m. Meet the Artists Reception

July 5: Notification of show winners and awards given

July 6: Works are picked up or mailed back to exhibitor

Liability and Insurance

All reasonable care will be given to objects in the exhibition. The art work will be in a secure area while on exhibit. The insurance you purchase from the shipping service will cover the art work in transit. Friends-In-Art is not responsible for deliberate theft or vandalism of art or unclaimed art after the convention. Works not claimed or picked up by July 6 will be treated as gifts to Friends-In-Art.


Sales are encouraged. No commission will be charged by Friends-In- Art. Friends-In-Art will not act as agent. All sales must be negotiated by participants.


Submission of an entry to this exhibition shall constitute agreement with all conditions in this application. Friends-In-Art reserves the right to reproduce works for publicity purposes only. Note: Works not ready for exhibition or display-ready can be withheld from the exhibit. The names of show participants may be published in "The Braille Forum" and FIA's "Log of the Bridgetender."

There is a new category this year: jewelry! The other categories are painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, sculpture, and fiber art.

The exhibit will be in a more public area where it will have more visibility. I hope that it will promote more sales for the artists. We have not had an exhibit and art show for some time.

I am looking forward to seeing all of you in Las Vegas this summer. I am planning to bring several of my new pieces. Please plan to attend our luncheon on Tuesday. We are planning many activities and entertainment in the Friends-In-Art Suite for your education and enjoyment.

ENTRY REGISTRATION FORM (Please print legibly)

1. ARTIST:____________________________________________________

STREET ADDRESS_________________________________________________

CITY___________________________ STATE___________ZIP_____________

PHONE HOME_________________ WORK__________________________



Purchase Price __________________Not For Sale__________________

2. ARTIST_____________________________________________________

STREET ADDRESS_________________________________________________

CITY__________________________ STATE____________ ZIP______________

PHONE HOME____________________WORK__________________________



Purchase Price ___________________Not For Sale_________________

Return this application with your fee of $10 per entry to Elsie Monthei, or bring it with your art work to convention.

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