The Wilkes Art Gallery will present an opening reception and awards presentation for the 40th annual Northwest Artist’s Juried Competition and Exhibition 5:30-8 p.m. July 12 at 913 C St., North Wilkesboro.

The awards presentation will be at 7. More than $1,500 in awards will be presented along with a prize of $500 for Best in Show, The Margaret Bloomfield Award.

Three categories are in the exhibition: 1) paintings, drawings, lithographs; 2) sculpture, pottery, metals; 3) mixed media, collage and fiber.

The juror was Robert H. Way from Pinehurst. Way rose quickly to prominence as an artist in his native New England. He studied under the direction of Tom Blackwell, one of the original photo-realists, but has developed a range of techniques.

Admission is free. For information, call 336-667-2841. The exhibit will be on display through Aug. 10. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

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