Beth Melendy (left), shown here with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition host Ty Pennington, is heading up a holiday card contest through the Keizer Arts Commission. (Submitted photo)

Beth Melendy (left), shown here with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition host Ty Pennington, is heading up a holiday card contest through the Keizer Arts Commission. (Submitted photo)

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

It was just a couple of nights before Christmas and details over the annual Christmas cards were being fussed over.

Not in the normal sense, however.

For one, this was the Keizer Arts Commission meeting at city hall on Dec. 23.

For another, the card in question is one for the 2015 holiday season.

KAC member Beth Melendy has been working on a 2015 holiday card contest. As part of that, artists are being sought to submit artwork expressing the holiday season in Keizer. The selected art will be used as the city’s 2015 holiday greeting card.

The winning entrant will earn a $25 gift card to Michael’s Arts and Crafts.

When Melendy originally brought up the idea last fall, the scramble was on to quickly get the contest together for the fast approaching holiday season. However, it was decided to wait until this coming year.

Since then, one of the main points of discussion has been when the deadline should be. Former Mayor Lore Christopher, who chairs the KAC, had pushed for deadlines to be moved up so commission members would have time to make a decision.

“I only changed some dates,” Melendy said when presenting the updated proposal. “The first proposal was (a deadline of) Friday, Oct. 16. Lore wanted it earlier. Now it will be Friday, Sept. 18.”

Melendy has compiled a two-sided contest form. One side explains the guidelines, rules and conditions; the other side is the entry form.

Submissions must be received at Keizer Civic Center by 4 p.m. on Sept. 18, accompanied by a signed entry form. The original artwork must be at least four inches by six inches but no bigger than eight inches by 10 inches. Entries must be one dimensional for scanning and recreating purposes and can be a painting, drawing or photograph.

Up to two entries may be submitted per person, with the artist’s signature appearing somewhere on the artwork. The art must be suitable for use as a holiday card and should depict a local scene or an event with a holiday theme.

One of the rules deals with religion.

“Items that are specifically tied to one religion may be excluded,” one of the rules states. “Examples include Santa Claus, angels, menorahs and other religious-based images.”

Entries will be judged at the Sept. 22 KAC meeting, with the winning artist being notified by Sept. 25.

While the dates were easily agreed upon, the main question that came up was restrictions related to KAC members.

“Will we say our family members are not allowed to submit?” Melendy asked.

Jill Hagen said they should be able to.

“They can submit, but then you can’t be on the selection committee,” Hagen said.

Rick Day had a suggestion.

“Maybe you’d just recuse yourself on that one selection,” Day said.

Nate Brown, director of Community Development, brought up the issue of fairness.

“I want to make sure we have the appearance of fairness,” Brown said.