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Charity photo contest will focus on Rutland

RUTLAND Is there a captivating or beautiful view behind your house, down your street, or perhaps in downtown Rutland? Capture it with a photo and you might win a prize at the Rutland Photography Contest or be featured in the 2009 Rutland Calendar. Photos should represent the heart of Rutland that is, what makes Rutland a special place to live. So this summer, grab a camera and find the beauty in the buildings in downtown Rutland, or in a sunset on the hills, or perhaps in a farmer tending the fields. The contest photos will be exhibited at the Chaffee Art Center from August 8 to Sept. 6. The opening reception and awards ceremony will be held on Friday, Aug. 8, from 5-8 p.m. There are separate children (5-12 and 13-18) and adult (over 18) categories and prizes will be awarded to the best photos in each category and a grand prize for the best photo in the show. Six judges, including Rutland County State Sen. Bill Carris, Rutland Mayor Chris Louras, Pat Hunter, Chaffee Art Center, board president, and professional photographers Lowall Klock, Alistair McCallum and a local newspaper photographer. Everyone gets a chance to vote. Over the weekend of Art in the Park, Aug. 9-10, all Rutland residents will vote for their favorite photo and for the 16 photos that will be in the 2009 Rutland Calendar. The contest is for amateurs only and is open to all full-time and part-time residents of Rutland Town and Rutland City. Only photos of Rutland will be accepted for the contest but old and new photos are eligible. All proceeds from the sales of the calendars and the photographs will benefit Rutland Dismas House, a home of transition for men and women leaving prison, and the Chaffee Art Center. Entry forms are now available in these stores: Book King, Center Rutland Vet, Center Street Artisans, Chaffee Art Center, Clems Caf_Essential Alternatives, Mr. Twitters, Peace of Mind, Phototec, Rutland Library, Rutland Natural Food market and Rotella. Also look for entry forms at the Rutland Farmer's Market and Friday Night Live. The entry form is also available to download directly at www.dismasofvermont.org or www.chaffeeartcenter.org Deadline for photos is July 28. Its not too early to start looking through your old photographs or taking new ones. So look out your window, take a hike in the hills, or walk downtown and capture the heart of Rutland through the lens of your camera. For more information please contact the Chaffee Art Center at 802-775-0356 or Janetwarren72@hotmail.com

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