Federal Way Arts Commission
Application deadline extended to 4/1/2020

Now in its 9th year, Blue Poppy Day celebrates the natural beauty and talent in bloom in South Puget Sound. This free event includes access to the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden, a 22-acre woodland garden and two Himalayan Blue Poppy meadows, as well as entry to Pacific Bonsai Museum, an art market, performances, food trucks, poetry garden, and more.The Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden and Federal Way Arts Commission are partnering once again to host Blue Poppy Day at the Garden on Saturday, May 16 from 10 AM – 4 PM.

For complete details on both of the opportunities listed below, visit https://rhodygarden.org/events/9553/blue-poppy-day-2020-art-in-bloom/ 

For poets:
Poem must be 100 words or less (not to exceed 700 characters, including spaces; limited flexibility available, depending on size of overage). Please submit no more than three poems for consideration. Poem must connect to nature AND/OR the outdoors and/or botany. Poet must live in Puget Sound area, with special consideration to residents of South Puget Sound and Federal Way. All types of poems will be considered, with the exception of blackout poetry, poems with images, or other types of poems that require specialized formatting beyond simple text. All poems must be original works created by submitter.

For visual artists:
We are looking for a diverse array of artists in all media, including but not limited to: metal, mixed media, glass fiber art, ceramics, painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry, wood, drawing/illustrations, prints, digital art, paintings, and more. A diverse range of artists are sought to showcase and vend at Blue Poppy Day. All applications will be reviewed by a Selection Panel. Selection of artists is based on artistic merit with consideration given to achieving exhibit diversity. Submissions that include Blue Poppies are strongly encouraged and will be given first consideration.

Artists who are selected are required to pay a $30 fee to participate in the show (due April 30) which will be used to help with advertising the event. Artists are encouraged to sell artwork and may keep 100% of their sales.