Young artists are being asked to submit their work to the upcoming Ellis County Art Association youth art show.

Once again, the Ellis County Art Association Art Center will be filled wall to wall and ceiling to floor with original art by the youth of Ellis County. More than 1,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings and photographs are expected to be submitted for this annual competition.

One of the most impressive youth art events in North Texas, the competition showcases original art by children residing in Ellis County enrolled in public, private or home school grades kindergarten through 12. In addition to first, second, third and honorable mention awards at every grade level, two scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors.

“We have a large mailing list comprised of schools and art teachers; 98 percent of the entries are submitted by students through an art teacher, but we’d like everyone to know that entries do not have to be created within a classroom,” association president Tina Bohlman said. “I believe there is a young artist in every family and we encourage any school-age child residing in Ellis County to enter this competition.”

“Fine art events for children are essential to the cultural environment in every community and, if you love art, especially children’s art, you must plan to attend this show,” said Linda Wacaster, exhibit chairman. “Ellis County Art Association sponsors this annual event in an effort to promote and encourage children’s interest in the fine arts.

Without a doubt, this body of work is one of the best exhibits of creativity and talent you’ll see anywhere; it’s expressive, creative, direct and uninhibited.”

Organized in 1958, Ellis County Art Association is celebrating its 50th year of bringing “art to life in Ellis County” by presenting events such as the annual youth art show.

The 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization is supported by membership dues, individual and corporate gifts, grants and proceeds from fundraisers.

The exhibit opens with an awards ceremony and reception honoring students and teachers from 5:30-7 p.m. Friday, April 4, in the Ellis County Fine Art Center, 501 W. Main St., Waxahachie.

Continuing through April 11, the exhibit is free and open to the public.

For entry forms, rules and additional information, call Ellis County Art Association at 972-937-3414, e-mail ecaa@sbcglobal.net or visit ECAA Web site at www.EllisCountyArt.Net.