Calling all artists

With a burgeoning art community in Kitsap County, the Kitsap YWCA is putting a call out to all artists to help raise funds for its ALIVE shelter.

The inaugural Art Auction, “YWCA ArtsAlive” will take place during Domestic Violence Awareness Week, which is Oct. 14-20.

“We want people to come and enjoy themselves,” YWCA Executive Director Linda Joyce said. “We want to honor and celebrate the rich cultures represented right here in Kitsap County.”

While the word “art” may limit most people’s thinking to pieces of professional artwork hung neatly on gallery walls, the YWCA is taking a much broader definition of the word, explained YWCA board member Tracy McConaughy.

“It can be anything from a third-grader’s work done on a piece of 8 1/2 (inch) by 11 (inch) paper to something from a professional photographer,” McConaughy said.

“Art” also encompasses the performing arts including dance and instrumentation and culinary arts, she said.

“We want there to be a surprise around every corner,” she said. “We want to have something for everybody.”

The idea for the fund-raiser arose from a group of YWCA volunteers who decided it was time to try something different to generate support for the ALIVE program, she said.

“We didn’t want to have your usual fund-raising lunch, so we decided to give this a try,” she said.

Because of the ever-growing number of artists and other artisans in the area, it made sense to attempt to bring everyone together for a good cause, she said.

“We have a lot of government support for our programs, but it’s vital that we build our programs from the community as well,” she said.

Although the YWCA is asking for as many submissions as possible, there will be a selection process for the art, which will actually be displayed during the event, she said.

“We will be doing an art jury from Sept. 12 to Sept. 17,” she said. “What is not accepted will be returned to the donor.”

Between now and Domestic Violence Awareness Week, organizers are working on finding the right venue for the event, and once that is located the actual date of the event will be set as well, she said.

Submissions are due no later than Sept. 12, and entry forms and more information can be found at the event’s Web site, or picked up at the YWCA office at 905 Pacific Ave., Bremerton during regular business hours.

For more information, contact the YWCA office at (360) 479-0522 or e-mail McConaughy at

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