Got an eye for Yates Mill? Show us!

Anyone who’s visited Yates Mill on a pretty day knows it’s a magnet for photographers and artists. The grand historic building, water splashing over the dam and the lush forest around the millpond offer countless subjects for paint, pastel, film or other media.

If you’ve got an eye for these things, please enter the sixth annual “Mill as Muse” contest! We want to see your best photographs and artworks featuring Yates Mill and the landscapes within Historic Yates Mill County Park. Last year’s “Best in Show” photograph (shown at right) was taken by David Randolph. Other entries and winners from previous years can be seen in the park’s Facebook photo galleries (you don’t have to be a Facebook subscriber to view them).

Entries for this year’s contest may be submitted between Saturday, Jan. 28, and Wednesday, Feb. 1. Read the full rules and download entry forms by clicking here.

(And when you’re taking photos or picking a spot for your easel around the mill, please remember to stay out of unsafe areas that are marked by signs and fences, and respect the fact that the mill, dam and surrounding rocks are a historic site that should not be tampered with.)

All the submissions will be on display on Saturday, Feb. 11, in the A.E. Finley Center for Education and Research (the park center) at Historic Yates Mill County Park. Contest winners will be announced that afternoon during a reception in the center. The reception will also feature a special presentation highlighting local artist Anne Marshall Runyon, whose work has been featured in environmental education publications and art exhibitions throughout North Carolina, including at Historic Yates Mill County Park.

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