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Wing it on over to the Fowl Art reception
2011 Fowl Art winning entry by artist Don Bolt


Fowl Art reception

Art contest for the 2012 Spring Chicken Festival

When: 5-7 p.m. March 29

Where: Frames You Nique, 104 Main St. SW, Gainesville

Contact: 770-531-1102


They may not be able to tell you exactly why the chicken crossed the road, but the organizers of the Fowl Art contest can show you what a chicken "sandwich" looks like.


"Picture a chicken lounging on a beach chair on a sandy beach wearing a pointed, black hat," said Don Griffin, owner of Frames You Nique on the downtown square.


"Some of the entries we’ve received over the years have been very creative."


The purpose of the art contest is to find a design to grace the T-shirts and posters of the annual Spring Chicken Festival, which will be held on April 28. The festival is organized by Keep Hall Beautiful.


From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today, Frames You Nique — 104 Main St. SW in Gainesville — will host an unveiling and awards ceremony for the Fowl competition.


"We’ll probably unveil all of the entries around 5:30," Griffin said.


The awards will be handed out around 6 p.m. There will be snacks and a cash bar available throughout the event.


"We already know who won and we’ll have posters with their work available for sale," Griffin said.


"We received a lot of good entries, but not all of them would’ve worked for a T-shirt or poster. This isn’t your traditional art contest. It’s really more of a graphics competition, which can be kind of a challenge for artists. It’s something that takes some out of their comfort zones.


"The key is looking for really creative art that promotes the festival and can be used by Keep Hall Beautiful."


In years past, some of the entries have taken a creative license to poultry-related ideas, including the dish Chicken a la King — imagine a crown-wearing, scepter-carrying chicken.


The art contest and reception are a fun way to socialize and to promote Keep Hall Beautiful’s festival. All of the proceeds from tonight’s poster sales will benefit the nonprofit, which is focused on environmental stewardship.


"They do a lot of good in the community," Griffin said.


The contest entries will be on display at Frames You Nique through the end of the chicken festival.