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7 artists vie for Guinea Jubilee print contest

A Meet the Artist reception drew a nice crowd on a hot summer Sunday afternoon to legendary Buck Rowe’s Store. The gathering was a prelude to the Guinea Jubilee that will be held the last weekend in September.

Leslie Belvin, coordinator for the Guinea Jubilee Print Contest, said that the committee received fewer entries—seven—than usual this year, but the quality of the entries was very good. She said most years the contest averages about a dozen entries.

Two artists, Robin Marshall of Gloucester and Mike Dirle of Mechanicsville, each submitted two entries. They and three other artists—April Abston and her father Lee Abston of Poquoson, and Jack Banks of Gloucester—are all vying for a $750 first-place prize.

The contest was open to artists who could submit entries in a variety of media, Belvin said, with this year’s entries including oil on canvas, colored pencil, and photography. There has been some discussion about holding a separate photo conte...

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