Call for artists 2018

Attention Artists! 
The 2018 Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival will be April 26-29, 2018. 

The Theme is “Symphony on Wings”. 


We are once again sending out a call to all artists for submission of their artwork for the 2018 festival.  The bird that we are featuring is the Crissal Thrasher. 

Deadline is August 1st 2017 - hope you can make that deadline.  

We want your art by this date so we can put on our Save the Date card to be printed up for this event! The winning artwork will also be displayed on the booklet, banners and other promotional material.  This is a juried selection for best artwork depicting bird and theme.  All runner ups will be allowed to show their original at the 2018 Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival at Dead Horse State Park.

The Crissal Thrasher is a large thrasher found in Southwest United States and Mexico.  The bird is 11.5 inches tall and is known for a somewhat “angry” look countered by one of the most melodious and beautiful songs heard.  This desert dweller is unique to a small range in the southwest of which we are fortunate to be included in.  The song of the Crissal Thrasher is beautiful – somewhat akin to the Northern Mockingbird.  It is soft and rolling musical affair. Don't forget it's soft red underbelly.

Note:: Art is best if vibrant and graphic but also artistic expression that depicts the personality of these little guys.  Must be a realistic depiction of Crissal Thrasher and habitat!  Photography and three-dimensional art will also be considered.

Here are some links to give you more info on this species and inspire you even more!

The Crissal Thrasher is 11.5 inches tall and is known for a somewhat “angry” look with a beautiful voice. Make your art as big as you can that will downsize nicely to a quality image for reproduction on fabric and poster paper.

We will do all the photography of your art and provide you with image ready file - and you get to keep your original and display at a free vendor booth with the 2018 Festival!

Please email your submission to or mail to P.O. Box 2224, Cottonwood, AZ 86326.



Mission: The Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival provides a unique recreational experience to anyone interested in the natural world and fosters awareness of the importance of habitat for the enrichment of all life in the Verde Valley.
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