All Washed Up, Vermilion’s Driftwood Art Contest is back for a fourth season of fun and creativity on Saturday, July 23, from 10 am to 3 pm in beautiful, shady Exchange Park in the center of downtown Vermilion. Driftwood creations draw a crowd who enjoys the creativity of amateur artists and skilled craftsmen. Entries are created primarily of driftwood, and other washed up items, collected from the shores of Lake Erie. It’s surprising that this amazing natural resource, abundant on local beaches, brings out the talent in so many...but it certainly does! Join us as a participant or a guest.

I would like to participate. What are the details?

When: Saturday, July 23, 2022 from 10 am - 3 pm

Where: Exchange Park, in the heart of downtown Vermilion at Liberty Avenue and Main Street.

Hosted by: The Vermilion Arts Guild, a Main Street Vermilion partner program.

Cost: Free for participants!

Who should enter? Anyone. Everyone! All ages and abilities are invited to have fun creating something original to share.

Will my artwork be judged? Only in the most friendly sense, but yes, we do have ribbons and awards for each category.

Are there categories? Yes! Kids (ages 5-12), Teen, Ages 13-18, Adult, Ages 19+, Team (2 or more) and Professionals. 

What do I have to do?

Get to the beach! Start gathering driftwood and thinking about what you can make with it. Spring is a great time to “shop” for driftwood before the beaches are cleaned for summer visitors.

Can I work in a team? Yes! With friends, as a neighborhood, a family, a church, a company or a club. The more, the merrier.

I’ve never worked with driftwood? Help! Don’t worry. Here’s Driftwood 101, a handy guide created by local driftwood artist, Tim Balda, to help you put together your creation. The internet is also an endless source of helpful information on this subject.

What’s new for 2022? We’ll be hosting a professional division. You’ll decide if you fit in this category but it’s a good category for those who have a history of creating with driftwood.

Are there rules? Some, but nothing to take the fun away from creating. Click here to review the rules. 

I’m ready! How do I register. 

Click here to register. It’s free, fun and allows you to be as creative as you want. Here’s the schedule for the day, too.