More than 300 artists are competing in the upcoming “Art and Soul of the Magic Valley” art contest “from around the globe.”

“We attract entrants from all across the state (of Idaho), as well as out of state,” said Carolyn White, executive director of the Magic Valley Arts Council.

The draw? A chance to win some of the purse money, which totals more than $43,000, spread across winners in 17 categories, White said. “And all are up for public vote.”

The contest bills itself as “the largest prize-winning, public-voting art contest in the Northwest,” and is gearing up for an onslaught come April 12 to 27, when a slew of businesses in the city of Twin Falls become makeshift art galleries, White said.

“You can see artwork at a tire store, for example,” White said, “and restaurants — all over. People can come to Twin Falls and register to vote on all the art that will be available for viewing.”

Sarahlynn Crawford is one of the artists in the Treasure Valley who is competing this year. Crawford now lives in Meridian. “I am originally from Twin Falls,” she said. “I moved up to Boise to go to college at BSU and have been here ever since.”

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Crawford hopes her entry titled “A Star is Born,” which is based on the Academy Award-nominated movie, will garner votes.

Crawford also lent her artistic expertise to an event poster, which she designed.

The prize money is divvied up among a number of winners: the Grand Prize will receive $12,000, Second Place will win $6,000, Third Place will get $3,000 and Fourth Place will take home $1,500. There will also be 17 Best in Show winners who will receive $1,000 each.

With artists supplying the art, businesses opening their doors to showcase the art and the public voting on it, as the contest website says: “Art and Soul makes everyone part of the contest.”

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Jeanne Huff is the community engagement editor for the Idaho Press. You can reach her at 208-465-8106 and follow her on Twitter @goodnewsgirl.

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