VERMILION — Whether you’re a seasoned driftwood sculptor, have an artistic spirit or are a complete beginner to the art of turning driftwood and recyclable lake treasures into works of art, All Washed Up, Vermilion’s driftwood art contest, is fun and creative.
The event, which drew more than 50 artists and 800 visitors in 2019, returns from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, July 31, in Exchange Park, the heart of downtown Vermilion.
“We are so excited to bring back this event that allows artists and driftwood enthusiasts to share their work,” said Mary Ellen Cudney, event coordinator. “There’s opportunity here for kids, teens, adults, families and groups of friends to participate,” she said, “Right now there is plenty of driftwood, polished glass and more washing up on local beaches that should inspire amazing creations.”
This year, a brand new category has been added. “AWU 3-D means the words ‘All Washed Up’ is part of creation,” explains Cudney. “We hope to use these images as part of the event in the future.”
Hosted by the Vermilion Arts Guild, the event will also include a 50/50 raffle, chances to win artwork created by local artists, and shopping for driftwood sailboats, seashell totes and fun, temporary tattoos. Judging will take place at 10 a.m. Visitors will vote for the People’s Choice throughout the day.
This year, All Washed Up is made possible through the sponsorship of Lake Erie Foundation (LEF) whose mission is “to create and maintain a healthy Lake Erie now and forever.”
Complete details for All Washed Up including registration, information on how to prepare and work with driftwood and photos from both the 2019 event and 2020 online version can be found at mainstreetvermilion.org/all-washed-up. Registration forms can also be sent via email or postal service by contacting Main Street Vermilion at 440-963-0772 or firstname.lastname@example.org.