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Solomons Splash Call for Entries

Feb 06, 2012 11:09PM ● By Anonymous

New public art project invites people to submit Chesapeake Bay-inspired designs to decorate fire hydrants in Solomons & Dowell, Maryland

Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center announced a new public art project that invites members of the public to submit designs and compete for the privilege - and fun - of painting a fire hydrant in the Solomons-Dowell community. Anyone can submit a design – individuals and teams, young to old, beginner to professional. All designs must be inspired by life in and around the Chesapeake Bay.

The application deadline is March 31, 2012. The application and hydrant design template can be downloaded by visiting Interested designers can also call the Annmarie office at 410-326-4640 or email to obtain a copy of the application packet.

All design entries will be posted on Facebook and the public will be invited to vote for their favorite designs. A panel of judges will choose the winning designs; winners will be announced on April 20, 2012 at a reception at Annmarie. Artists with the winning designs must paint their hydrant between June 1-17, 2012. All the hydrants will be included in a special Solomons Splash Scavenger Hunt brochure that will be available at the Solomons Visitors Center and other locations in the area. There will also be an online exhibit of Solomons Splash with photos and information about each hydrant.

Important Solomons Splash Dates:

Facebook - Gallery of Entries:  February 14-April 15        ALL entries posted on Facebook; public voting period
Application Deadline:    March 31         Final deadline to submit a design is March 31, 2012, 5:00pm
Notification of acceptance by:   April 15    Artists will be notified by email on or before April 15, 2012
Annmarie After Hours Reception:   April 20, 6-9pm    Display of ALL entries; announcement of winning designs
Paint Fire Hydrants:   June 1-17    All hydrants must be completed by June 17, 2012
Solomons Splash Scavenger Hunt:   June 17-October 8    Pick up a brochure & find all the hydrants!
Awards Presentation:   August - Awards for Best Hydrants will be presented in August

Solomons Splash is a collaborative project of Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center and the Calvert County Department of Public Works. To learn more, email, call 410-326-4640, or visit

About Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center
An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, Annmarie is located in scenic Solomons, Maryland, on the Chesapeake Bay. The sculpture garden features a walking path that meanders through the forest past permanent and loaned sculpture, including more than 30 works of art on loan from the Smithsonian Institution and the National Gallery of Art. The garden also presents a variety of award-winning special events, gallery shows, and engaging public art programs. Annmarie’s Studio School offers creative classes for all ages and abilities taught by a talented faculty. The garden is conveniently located just off Route 2-4, on Dowell Road in Solomons, Maryland. Annmarie is open 9am-5pm daily; the Arts Building and Gift Shop is open 10am-5pm daily. Admission is $3 for adults; $2 for kids 5-11; $2 for seniors; free for kids 4 and under; and free to members. To learn more, call 410-326-4640 or visit

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