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Picture Perfect Amateur Photography Contest deadline extended

Once again it’s time to grab your camera and start showing us, in pictures, why Jackson County is a great place to live, work and play.

The 13th Annual Jackson County Is Picture Perfect Amateur Photography Contest, a project of The Jackson County Times-Journal, is now accepting entries. It’s free to enter the amateur photography contest. (Click the link for the entry form PicturePerfectEntry2017)

This year The Times-Journal’s amateur photography contest is being held in partnership with The Markay, The Southern Hills Arts Council, Smith Flower Shop, Andrea’s Prom and Bridal, Jackson Body and Paint, Jackson Metropolitan Housing Authority, KFC of Oak Hill, Loan Central, Sonic, Toro Loco and EDKO.

The contest is open to youth and adults with separate categories. The youth division is for ages 10-17, and the adult division is for ages 18 and older.

Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second and third places in both youth and adult divisions. The following cash amounts will be awarded: first place: $75 (youth and adult), second place: $50 (youth and adult), third place: $25 (youth and adult).

There will also be cash prizes for Best Representation of Life in Jackson County and Peoples’ Choice in both youth and adult divisions. The following cash amounts will be awarded: Best Representation of Life in Jackson County: $50 (youth and adult) and Peoples’ Choice: $25 (youth and adult).

Below are the Jackson County Is Picture Perfect Amateur Photography Contest Rules:

1. The photographer must be an amateur, who has not received money for photography services in the past year.
2. Photo must have been taken after April 15, 2016.
3. Photo entries may be on glossy or matte photo paper.
4. The photographer may enter up to two photos.
5. Photo must have been taken in Jackson County. (Photos at Lake Alma in Vinton County will not be accepted.)
6. Each entry must be an 8” x 10” in color or black and white photo and affixed to picture matting, for the total entry no larger than 11” x 14”. NO picture frames.
7. Photos must be submitted with an entry form that can be picked up at The Jackson County Times-Journal office, the Markay, printed off www.timesjournal.com or clipped out of The Jackson County Times-Journal.
8. Entries must be submitted ONLY to The Jackson County Times-Journal at 73 E. Huron Street, Suite B, Jackson by 5 p.m. on January 20, 2017. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
9. All entries become the property of the Jackson County Times-Journal during the course of the contest and will be released to participants on March 6, 2017.
10. Photos featuring an identifiable person must be accompanied by a signed release from that person or guardian.
11. First, Second and Third Place Winners will be chosen by a judge outside of the county. Votes at the Markay will decide the winners of Peoplesʼ Choice and Best Representation of Life in Jackson County. Winners will be announced on Feb. 16, 2017. Peoplesʼ Choice and Best Representation of Life in Jackson County voting ends on Feb. 13, 2017.
12. Jackson County Times-Journal employees and independent contractors are not eligible to participate.
13. Two age categories: Adult: 18 and older and Youth: 10 to 17. Photos must have been taken by the photographer entering the contest.
14. Photos can be artistically enhanced. Photos can be of any subject matter, however, no nude photos nor untasteful subjects will be permitted in the contest.
15. Failure to follow these rules will result in a disqualified entry.

Once again, the deadline to enter is Wednesday, January 25PicturePerfectEntry2017PicturePerfectEntry2017, 2017, at 5 p.m. at the office of The Jackson County Times-Journal, located at 73 E. Huron Street, Suite B, in Jackson. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Jackson County is Picture Perfect Exhibit can be viewed from Feb. 3, 2017, to Feb. 26, 2017 at the Markay Cultural Arts Center, located at 269 E. Main Street in Jackson. There will be an opening reception on Feb 3, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. at the Markay.

Photos must be submitted with an entry form that can be picked up at The Jackson County Times-Journal office, the Markay, printed off www.timesjournal.com, clipped out of The Jackson County Times-Journal or by emailing jshaver@timesjournal.com.

Jackson Rotary Club gets Markay update

Pictured are Jackson Rotary Club program host Denise Brown,  Jackson Rotary Club President Carol Porter, Southern Hills Arts Council Director of Operations Jennifer Hughes and Rotary member and Southern Hills Arts Council Board of Trustees member Amanda Crabtree.

Pictured are Jackson Rotary Club program host Denise Brown, Jackson Rotary Club President Carol Porter, Southern Hills Arts Council Director of Operations Jennifer Hughes and Rotary member and Southern Hills Arts Council Board of Trustees member Amanda Crabtree.

Denise Brown hosted the Jackson Rotary Club program for Tuesday January 10th. Mrs. Brown invited Jennifer Hughes of the Southern Hills Arts Council to review some of the exciting events and activities scheduled for the Markay Cultural Arts Center in 2017. Jennifer Hughes is the Director of Operations for the Southern Hills Arts Council. A number of special events are planned for the Markay Cultural Arts Center this year including the return of classic movies and popcorn. The first classic movie will be presented on a new 24 foot movie screen on Saturday, February 11th.

Arts festivals, gallery events, children’s performances, tap dancing, tribute artists and bands, country, bluegrass, community choirs, comedians, classical guitar, and much more will be going on in Jackson thanks to the Southern Hills Arts Council. The works of both regional and local artist will be on display in the Markay’s gallery again this year. A total of 11 gallery shows have been scheduled for the Markay this year. In addition to new performers such as the Hotel California-Eagles Tribute Band, several very popular performers such as the Madcap Puppets and Elvis Tribute artist Dwight Icenhower will return to the stage of the Markay in 2017. Dwight Icenhower’s performance last year was the Markay first sold-out event, so you are encouraged to get your tickets early for Dwight Icenhower’s June 17th show.

The Southern Hills Arts Council was established as a non-profit organization in June of 1981. It accepted the challenge of bring the Markay a 1930’s Art Deco theater back to life in 1996 when Rotarian Tom Evans was Mayor of Jackson. The arts council entered into an agreement with the City of Jackson to lease the theater for one dollar a year. The Markay was transferred to the arts council with the charge to renovate, maintain, and operate the Markay. Council members set out to return the Art Deco theater building to good operating condition with an eye to renovation, not restoration and it was always the intent of the arts council to save as many of the original features as possible and work without accruing debt. The renovation process took over the 18 years and two million dollars to complete. The grand reopening of the Markay took place in August of 2015 and today the gallery and 280 seat theater servers our community.

Detailed program information is available by calling (740) 577-3811 or by checking the Markay’s website at www.markayjackson.org

Betschel’s ’In The Moment’ show to be on display at the Markay

JACKSON– Jackson artist Sherry Betschel will have her work on display in a show titled “In The Moment” at the Markay Cultural Arts Center, January 6-29, 2017.

Jackson artist Sherry Betschel will have her work on display in a show titled “In The Moment” at the Markay Cultural Arts Center, January 6-29, 2017.

Betschel, a 1982 Jackson High School graduate, has been creating art in various forms, but it was not until 2013 that she started painting. She explains that she is an unbiased artist who likes to experiment with different types of mediums and techniques. When viewing her collection, one might be under the impression that her work was created by several different artists because of her diversity.

Betschel explains that spiritual paintings, vibrant modern art, mixed media, abstracts and her haunting black and white portrait paintings with oversized eyes are just some of the styles included in her work. Betschel likes using texture and mixed media in a free form loose style and likes to use her fingers to paint. Mixing charcoal and acrylic is her favorite and began using ghe technique at the suggestion of a Grove City Chamber member, who saw one of her unique portrait paintings at an art show.

Music is a huge part of Betschel’s creative process and most of her artwork was created while listening to classical music. She is a highly emotional person and carries her feelings onto the canvas when inspired by the challenges she has faced in her lifetime, spirituality, through nature, and poetry. She often incorporates Bible verses and poetry (some written by her oldest son, Jacob) into her art work.

’In The Moment’ is a diverse collection of artwork based on Betschel's awareness with a conscious mind that is tuned into nature, emotion, and spirituality. Reminding us to slow down, take notice and reconnect.

’In The Moment’ is a diverse collection of artwork based on Betschel’s awareness with a conscious mind that is tuned into nature, emotion, and spirituality. Reminding us to slow down, take notice and reconnect.

“’In The Moment’ is a diverse collection of artwork based on my awareness with a conscious mind that is tuned into nature, emotion, and spirituality. Reminding us to slow down, take notice and reconnect,” Betschel said. “I don’t think art should be purchased to match the colors of a room. I think art should be purchased because you have a connection to the piece or because it sparks some sort of emotion,” she added. “Nothing is more rewarding to me, as an artist, than for a person to connect to a piece of my artwork on an emotional or spiritual level,” Betschel ended.

“In The Moment” is Betschel’s first art exhibit, but she has participated in art shows in Grove City, Columbus, Delaware, Cincinnati and Jackson. She has sold her paintings in Ohio, Vermont, California, Oklahoma, Arkansas and West Virginia and has painted several commissioned pieces. Most recently, a large commissioned abstract piece titled “Taken by the Sky II” for Children’s Hospital in Columbus.

Betschel was born on Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Illinois. She lived most of her childhood in Jackson and Wellston, and a few years in Scottsdale, Arizona and McArthur, Ohio. After graduating from JHS, Betschel studied at Rio Grande College before moving to Columbus.

While living in Columbus, she worked in the accounting department for the Department of Transportation, choreographed fashion shows, one of which was for the Columbus Museum of Art, and taught modeling classes for several modeling agencies. She met her husband in Columbus and moved back to Jackson in 1997 to raise her two sons, wanting to be closer to family.Artist Sherry Betschel

The Southern Hills Arts Council invites the community to meet the artist on Friday, January 6 at 7 p.m. at the Markay Cultural Arts Center, 269 E. Main Street, Jackson. The Markay Gallery is open Wednesday to Friday noon to 5 p.m. and on weekends from 1 to 3 p.m. or by appointment by calling 740-286-6355.

More artwork and jewelry designs can be seen online at www.herartandsoulstudio.etsy.com

2017 Markay Gallery Schedule

The Markay Cultural Arts Center is excited to announce their 2017 gallery schedule. There are 11 shows featuring several area artists, photographers and art mediums.

The Markay gallery is a project of the Southern Hills Arts Council, a not-for-profit organization, whose mission is to enhance the quality of life in the region by encouraging and stimulating the practice and appreciation of the Arts.

The Markay gallery is open Wednesday to Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and weekends from 1 to 3 p.m. or by appointment.

The Markay gallery is located inside the Markay Cultural Arts Center, 269 E. Main St., Jackson, Ohio.

Coming up in the gallery:

  • January 6-29, 2017: Sherry Betschel, Artist. Meet the Artist reception will be held on January 6, 2017 at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
  • February 3 to 26, 2017: Jackson County is Picture Perfect Photography Show. Meet the Photographers reception will be held on February 3 at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
  • March 3 to 26, 2017: University of Rio Grande New Directions in Art. Meet the Artists reception will be held on March 3 at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
  • March 31 to April 16, 2017: Karisa DeLay, Artist. Meet the Artist reception will be held on March 31 at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
  • April 21 to May 28, 2017: Emalea Rupe, Artist. Meet the Artist reception will be held on May 30 at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
  • June 2 to July 9, 2017: Jackson County High School Art Show. Meet the Artists reception will be held on June 2 at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
  • July 14-Aug. 20, 2017: Apple Country Quilts, Quilts. Meet the Quilters reception will be held on March 31 at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
  • August 25-Sept.24, 2017: Apple Festival Invitational. Meet the Artists reception will be held on August 25 at 7 p.m.   The event is free and open to the public.
  • Sept. 29- Oct. 22, 2017: Brian Barnett and Shawn Langley, Artists. Meet the Artists reception will be held on Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
  • Oct. 27-Nov. 12, 2017: Jackson County Veterans’ Show. Meet the Artists reception will be held on Oct. 27, 2017 at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
  • Nov. 17- Dec. 26, 2017: Merry Cibula, Artist. Meet the Artist reception will be held on Nov. 17, 2017 at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

 

For more about the Southern Hills Arts Council, visit www.southernhillsartscouncil.com or the events happening at the Markay, visit www.markayjackson.org.

Holiday closure announcement

The Markay Cultural Arts Center will be closed December 24, 2016 to January 2, 2017 in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

Tickets can be purchased at www.markayjackson.org.

Dailey’s “What If” work on display at the Markay

JACKSON— The Markay Cultural Arts Center welcomes artist Kathryn “Kit” Edwards Dailey on Friday, November 11 at 7 p.m. with a Meet the Artist opening reception. Dailey’s show “What If” will be on display from November 11 to December 18.

Kit Dailey’s acrylic piece “Sea View” is on display.

Kit Dailey’s acrylic piece “Sea View” is on display.

“Whimsical is the one single word that best describes my painting style,” explained Dailey. “I try to portray the brighter side of life.  Although I take many photographs and have a nice reference file most of my paintings are imaginary,” she added. “Often I begin with a very sane idea, and see how it can be developed into something a little unusual. Sometimes I rely on bright colors and simple shapes to tell the story.”

Kit Dailey’s acrylic piece “Painting Class” is on display.

Kit Dailey’s acrylic piece “Painting Class” is on display.

“I call myself a “what if” painter and not a “what is” painter. I often tell a whimsical story using watercolor on Arches paper.  Sometimes I use acrylic on a gallery wrap canvas. My paintings are filled with bright happy colors and positive thoughts,” Dailey said.

Dailey’s show features a number of her creations, as well as a special section of the show that addresses What If” you wanted to become an artist and the process to learn how to create various art applications.

 

Dailey, a Jackson resident, hopes people walk away from her paintings thinking, they would like to visit there, or perhaps chuckling at some idea that had never occurred to them.

Kit Dailey’s acrylic piece “Lighthouse” is on display.

Kit Dailey’s acrylic piece “Lighthouse” is on display.

Dailey was born and raised in Columbus. She married Dan Dailey and they have two sons. After graduating from Miami University, she taught in the South-Western City School District. While living in Athens, she substituted in the Athens School District and served on the Dairy Barn Cultural Art Center board. When the family moved to Jackson, Dailey served on the board of Southern Hills Arts Council and as Chairman for the Foothills Arts Festival. She currently serves as the vice president of the Ohio Watercolor Society.

Kit Dailey’s acrylic piece “Who’s That Knocken’ at the Door?” is on display.

Kit Dailey’s acrylic piece “Who’s That Knocken’ at the Door?” is on display.

The couple enjoys visiting with their sons, their wives and grandchildren. They also enjoy traveling and have been to every state and many foreign countries.

The Markay Cultural Arts Center is located at 269 E. Main St., Jackson. The gallery is open Wednesday to Friday from noon to 5 pm. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. The Markay is a project of the Southern Hills Arts Council. For more information visit www.southernhillsartscouncil.com or www.markayjackson.com

35th annual Foothills Arts Festival Award Winners

The following awards were given during the 35th annual Foothills Arts Festival, which was held October 13-16, 2016 at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp.

The winners were:

Best of Show: “Mi Amore” by Molly Markley of Jackson, OH


Oil/Acrylic Category

1st Place: “Coming off the North Slope” by Alan Gough of Chillicothe, OH

2nd Place: “7 Hens” by Duane A. Campbell of Beaver, OH

3rd Place: “I’ll Leave a Light On” by Molly Markley of Jackson, OH

Honorable Mention:

“The Wooden Bowl”  by Sharon Asher of Wurtland, KY

“Morning Rounds”  by Alan Gough of Chillicothe, OH

“Autumn Wary”  by Evelyn Pierson of Jamestown, OH

“Convergence, Blackwater Trail to the North Branch” by John Victor of Chillicothe, OH

Ellensmere Thaw”  by Alan Gough of Chillicothe, OH

Icon of a Bygone Era”  by Paul Brown of Jackson, OH

September Hay Bales” by Patrick Sims of Chillicothe, OH


Mixed Media/Prints Category

1st Place: ” Above the Earth” by  Carol Mazurek of Huntington, WV

2nd Place: “Fallout” by Joy Duffy of Gallipolis, OH

3rd Place: “RIP Lemmy” by Barb Ables of Gallipolis, OH

Honorable Mention:

Flight” by Trevin Wyant of Jackson, OH

Under the Sea” by Carol Mazurek of Huntington, WV

The First Supper” by Rhonda McQuay of Chillicothe, OH

End of the Line” by Shane Shanton of Ray, OH


Pastel/Drawing Category

1st Place: “Isabella 22”  by Gerry Enrico of Point Pleasant, WV

2nd Place: “In the Green” by Merry Cibula of Athens, OH

3rd Place: “Woodland Marsh” by Virginia Carvour of Columbus, OH

Honorable Mention:

“What Attitude?” by Sandra Pence of Hillsboro, OH

“Pasture Barn (Fall)”  by Roger Chapin of Kingston, OH

“Freedom of Speech” by Gerry Enrico of Point Pleasant, WV


Photography Category

1st Place: “The Fisherman” by Cynthia Neeley of Portsmouth, OH

2nd Place: “Mornings New Life” by Marisa Sanders of Gallipolis, OH

3rd Place: “On Camera” by  Wendy Argabright of Jackson, OH

Honorable Mention:

“Ghost Ranch: Approaching Storm” by Angie Terry of Chillicothe, OH

“Broken Pieces (Blenko Glass)” by Pam DeCamp of Wheelersburg, OH

“Breakthrough” by Effie Mullins of Wellston, OH

“Wilderness” by Greg Buening of Cincinnati, OH

“Beach Cathedral” by  Dwight Shumate of Jackson, OH


Enhanced Photography Category

1st Place: “Abandoned Dream” by Marisa Sanders of Gallipolis, OH

2nd Place: “The Astrotourist” by  Jesse Thornton of Huntington, WV

3rd Place: “Ancient Symbols – Modern Art” by Greg Buening of Cincinnati, OH

Honorable Mention:

“Thurmond Sunset” by Jesse Thornton  of Huntington, WV

“The Traveler” by  Joseph G. Hamilton of Patriot, OH

“Tabby Church Ruins” by Greg Buening of Cincinnati, OH


Three Dimensional Category

1st Place (ALSO Best of Show): “Mi Amore” by Molly Markley of Jackson, OH

2nd Place: “Experimental Surface Design Techniques” by Sharon Eley of Chillicothe, OH

3rd Place: “USS Lung Cancer Ship” by Joyce Skaggs of Portsmouth, OH

Honorable Mention:

“Wooden Bowl” by  Dwight H. Jenkins of Oak Hill, OH

“Bear” by Robert Pugh of Wellston, OH

“Collections” by Keri Lawrence of Pomeroy, OH

“Venomous” by Angie Terry of Chillicothe, OH


Watercolor Category

1st Place: “Friends of Long Standing” by  Evelyn Pierson of  Jamestown, OH

2nd Place: “Michigan Winery” by Sandra Pence of Hillsboro, OH

3rd Place: “Eruption”by Vivian Ripley of  Columbus, OH

Honorable Mention:

Campground – Late Afternoon” by Vivian Ripley of Columbus, OH

Peachy” by  Barbara Delligatti of Huntington, WV

Tigers” by  Connie Barrett of Hillsboro, OH

Gertie” by Sandra Pence of Hillsboro, OH

Still Life with African Figure” by Peter Heidtman of Nelsonville, OH

 

The 36th annual Foothills Arts Festival is already in the planning stages. Information for the 2017 event will be released this Spring.

Richard Moore Art Exhibit in Markay Gallery

The Southern Hills Arts Council is proud tohouse_higby_road showcase the work of Richard Moore at The Markay Cultural Arts Center in Jackson, Ohio beginning September 29, 2016.

Richard Alan Moore was born and raised in Chillicothe, Ohio, where he has lived nearly all his life. When the sun is up, he is a painter. When the sun is down, he’s a singer of songs. And, while he gets a great deal of satisfaction from both forms of expression, he feels his artistic ability is a more natural gift and his greater strength.

Richard attended the Columbus College of Art and Design, and later graduated from Ohio Unrest_stopiversity’s College of Communication with an interest in Visual Communication. While working a job in multimedia, he rediscovered his joy of painting with a move toward plein air. Richard found the process influenced his studio work, and he continues to be excited by his discoveries.
Richard believes his hometown, and the landscape around it, is as beautiful as nature has to offer. He’s constantly reminded of the area’s deep history and finds no lack of subjects for his art. Richard paints outside, immersed in nature. He paints inside, inspired by what he’s seen, and aided by studies and photos.

Richard is primarily an oil painter. He strives to recreate atmosphere and luminance in his paintings by applying thin layers of paint and varying levels of transparency. As Richard gained more confidence in his approach, he increased the speed with which he works, giving each brushstroke a fresher, more expressive quality.past_tree_right

Richard also works with watercolors. In addition to landscapes, he enjoys portraiture and still life.

Previous Exhibitions: Grinders (with John K. Victor), Chillicothe, Ohio; Pump House Center for the Arts (with John K. Victor), Chillicothe, Ohio; Parkview Gallery, Chillicothe, Ohio; Pump House Center for the Arts, Chillicothe, Ohio; Ohio University, Chillicothe, Ohio

Join Mr. Moore and others for an Opening Reception at the Markay Cultural Arts Center Gallery on Thursday, September 29 at 7:00 p.m. The Markay is located at 269 E. Main Street in Jackson. The Richard Moore Exhibit will be on display from Sept. 29 through Nov. 5. Regular Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday-noon to 5 p.m., Sat. & Sun.-1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Call the Southern Hills Arts Council for more information at 740-286-6355 or visit online at www.southernhillsartscouncil.org.

Artist Registration Forms available for 35th Foothills Art Festival

2016 Foothills Art Festival Artist Registration Form

Artists are invited to enter the 35th Annual Foothills Art Festival to be held at the indoor Lodge at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp, 5 miles northwest of Jackson, Ohio. The Festival will run from Friday, October 14 to Sunday, October 16, 2016.

Artists are invited to exhibit in the following categories: Oil/Acrylic, Pastel/Drawing, Traditional Photography, Enhanced Photography, Three Dimensional Work, and Watercolor.

The exhibit is professionally judged, but is not juried. Artists of all ages and experience are encouraged to enter. Entrants are limited to 4 works per category. Entry fees are $10 per piece or $36 for 4 pieces by the September 2 deadline. If there is room available, late entries will be accepted at the rate of $12 per piece or $44 for 4 pieces.

A total of $1,395 will be awarded in prizes, sponsored by local and regional businesses.  A strong Purchase Award Patron program ensures sales with a Preview Reception the evening of October 13.  Members of the press, volunteers, and artists will party with the buyers.

The Foothills Art Festival is a long standing tradition held within the foothills of Southeastern Ohio and is made possible by the generosity of arts supporters.

Foothills Art Festival is a program of Southern Hills Arts Council. For further information call the Council at 740-286-6355, email foothills@markayjackson.org or write PO Box 149, Jackson, Ohio 45640. Registration deadline is September 2.

Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/foothillsartfestival.

2016 Foothills Art Festival Artist Registration Form

 

#I_heART_MARKAY Challenge

On August 1, 2016, we will be celebrating our first year of having performances on the Markay stage. To commemorate this milestone, we are celebrating by launching the #I_heART_MARKAY Challenge.

You may have seen some of the millions of videos on social media and TV: around the world, people were dumping a bucket (or buckets) of ice water over their heads and pledging support (both through the challenge itself and financially) to the ALS cause. We are not asking you to do that. We are asking you to show your support to the arts. We describe the arts as a physical manifestation of the internal creative impulse. Major constituents of the arts include literature – including poetry , novels  and short stories, and epics; performing arts – among them music, dance, and theatre; culinary arts,  such as baking, chocolatiering, and winemaking; media arts,  like photography  and cinematography, and visual arts – including drawing painting, ceramics, and sculpting. Some art forms combine a visual element with performance (e.g. film) and the written word (e.g. comics).

At the heart of every challenge is the true cause: raising awareness and financial support to help the Southern Hills Arts Council to enhance the quality of life in the region by encouraging and stimulating the practice and appreciation of the Arts, through the Markay. The success of the Markay Cultural Arts Center depends on the support of the community.

How can you help?

Step 1: Decide to take the challenge. In theory, you need to be nominated by another person via social media, but if you want to take the challenge, or (more importantly) want to donate to the cause, just go for it.

Step 2:  Accept the challenge. One important component of the challenge is that you have to share a video or photo of yourself taking part in the arts and that you must respond to the call to action within 48 hours of being challenged. If you miss the mark in timing, don’t let it deter you from participating and donating anyway!

Take the alternative. Donate $10 by stopping by the Markay or by visiting https://markaytickets.org/TheatreManager/1/login&donation=2 . Donations are a great idea, regardless of whether you complete the challenge or not. By taking the challenge, you can still donate money to the cause, but can choose any denomination (donate as much as you can afford).

Step 3: State just the facts. You are not doing this to accept an Academy Award or to show your musical prowess. If you are creating a video, this is about a cause, so keep it short and sweet.
State your name, and the name of the person who challenged you and accept the challenge. You can keep it simple by saying, “I accept the #I_heART_MARKAY Challenge,” or you can reflect more on the impact that the arts or the Markay has had on people in your life or in our community. Try to keep it short and on-point, though.

If creating a video is not your cup of tea, you can post a picture of yourself with a work of your ART.

On Video: Challenge three more people (state their names) and say they have 48 hours to complete the challenge.

Say that you are donating money (in addition to sharing your ART). (and really do it).

On your photo post: Challenge three more people (tag your friends) and say they have 48 hours to complete the challenge. Post that you are donating money (in addition to sharing your ART). (and really do it).

Step 4:
Upload video or picture onto social media. We suggest using Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
—Use hashtags. The point of a viral campaign is to spread awareness, so even if you’re averse to using hashtags, this is a good time to make an exception. Mark your post with #I_heART_MARKAY Challenge, #markaychallenge, and #markay1year to spread the word.
—Tag the people you want to challenge.

To tag someone on Twitter, put the “@” symbol before their username. For example, if someone’s Twitter name is MovieBuff123, you would include @MovieBuff123 in your Twitter status.
— On Facebook, hit the spacebar and type in the “@” symbol. If you don’t leave a space before the symbol, the process won’t work. Type in the name of the person you want to tag. Once you start typing the person’s name, a list of your friends will appear, and you can select the person from the list.

— Provide the donation link. The #I_heART_MARKAY Challenge is about awareness and gathering donations, so provide a donation link right there in your post, as well as tagging your challenged friends to encourage their participation, too.

You can use this link  to donate https://markaytickets.org/TheatreManager/1/login&donation=25
Then click post. (be sure your

Step 5:
Donate! The original point of the challenge was to get people to either do the challenge or donate. However, if you can pledge financial support, it’s a good idea to do both. Many people out there are now doing the challenge and donation, instead of picking one, and every contribution goes a long way.

Example of a post:
I support The Markay Cultural Arts Center, and I have been challenged by _______ to participate in the #I_heART MARKAY Challenge.  I am posting a picture/video of my creative side!  I am also donating to support The Markay Cultural Arts Center at https://markaytickets.org/TheatreManager/1/login&donation=25.  I now challenge ______, ______, and ______ to do the same.  For more information on the #I_heART MARKAY Challenge visit the event: I_heART_Markay Challenge. #I_heART_markay, #markaychallenge, and #markay1year