Local artists are invited to enter their work in the annual Arts in Bloom, an art exhibition sponsored by the Macon County Arts Council and Macon Bank & Trust Company, which will be held from April 26-28 at the Macon Bank & Trust main branch, located at 609 Red Boiling Springs Road in Lafayette.

Artists 18 years of age and older may enter two works in any of the following media: oils, acrylics, watercolor, mixed media, black and white works (pencil, pen and ink, charcoal, etc.), pastels, works on paper, and three-dimensional works. Paintings and drawings must be properly framed and ready for hanging.

First, second and third-place winners will be chosen in each of the categories. First-place winners will receive $25 each, second-place winners $10, and a best-of-show piece will receive $100. A people's choice award of $25 will be given to the favorite work of the viewing audience.

Prize money is provided by Macon Bank & Trust Company.

Hendersonville artist Tom Moore will judge this year's show. In his own words, Moore has been "drawing and painting since he was old enough to hold a pencil and brush." He is the former owner of the "All About Art" in Hendersonville and still shows his art at the gallery.

Moore's own work varies from realism to animal portraiture and plein air works of art. He has also an accomplished whittler.

Moore will also do a critique for the artists following the judging. The critique is scheduled for April 25 at 5 p.m.

Entry forms can be obtained from Gallery 102, located at 102 Public Square in Lafayette or by calling Nancy Doss at 615-644-5179.

Entry forms should be submitted by April 19, and works should be delivered to Macon Bank & Trust on April 25.