Blick Sponsors Art Contest During Scenic Drive

Dick Blick Art Materials and.Historic Walnut Grove Farm have partnered to sponsor an art contest for the juried artisans at Walnut Grove Farm during The Knox County Scenic Drive on October 6 & 7, 13 & 14.  The 42nd anniversary of the Drive will showcase a great diversity of local art talent, scheduled musical performances as well as children’s activities, great food and artisan demonstrations on all four days of this traditional family event at the Barn Festival.  The farm, an official stop on the Knox County Scenic Drive, is located ½ mile north of Knoxville, IL.  For a schedule of events and directions go to

The Knox County Scenic Drive is a self-guided fall foliage tour that has become a family tradition for thousands.  The Drive began as a way to preserve and showcase the historic sites in the County, and today provides old time family fun with demonstrations of traditional crafts and work skills at every stop.  The event at Walnut Grove Farm has evolved to include fine art, and for the first time, an art contest for the participating artists at farm’s art show.

The Blick Art Materials Awards are Blick gift certificates as the prizes with the best of show for $100, 2nd  place for $75 and 3rd place as $50.  The “Blick Art Materials Awards” will be awarded by a revered local painter, Larry Jon Davis.  Davis was a Professor of Art at Florida State College in Jacksonville, FL for 24 years and juried numerous exhibitions and art fairs around the country.  He will be judging based on the originality of the submitted piece, creative use of materials and the technical expertise within its given medium.  Jurying will take place on the morning of Saturday, October 6th with ribbons being awarded then, and the prizes will be given out on Sunday October 14th at the closing ceremony at 3 PM.

Walnut Grove Farm is sponsoring the Peoples’ Choice Award which allows the visitors to the Farm during the Drive to vote on their favorite art show entry.  The voting will cease at noon on Sunday October 14 and the winner of the $100 cash prize will be announced after the votes have been tallied at 3 PM at the closing ceremony.  All are invited to return for the awards presentations.

The Scenic Drive at Walnut Grove Farm will showcase a great diversity of art with over 30 juried artisans making and selling their wares. Woodworkers, potters, weavers, photographers, metal workers, spinners, jewelers, fiber artists, painters, herbalists demonstrate how they can turn their age-old skills into items that have significance today. “Engage art in our community! Come see the Best Of Show and vote for your personal favorite.” states Alex Davis, art show coordinator.


Artisans: Please click here for contest information!