By JOYANNA LOVE | Chief Editor

Excitement is building for the 75th Peach Festival, and the date for the Roy Wood Peach Festival art exhibition has been announced.

Community artists can bring two paintings or drawings for the exhibition at River Bank and Trust on June 22 from noon to 2 p.m. Winners will receive their prizes on June 23 at 9 a.m.

The competition is open to artists of all ages. Young artists will compete in the junior division, while adults will compete in the senior division. Cash prizes will be awarded for first place ($100), second place ($75), third place ($50) and honorable mention ($25).

Pieces should be matted and framed with wire attached to the back, making the artwork suitable for hanging.

Although not as old as the festival itself, the art exhibition spotlighted local artists in a week-long gallery in downtown Clanton, in what is now River Bank and Trust, for 38 years.

“It just promotes art in our county,” said Debbie Jones, Vice President and Relationship Manager of River Bank. “Our customers really appreciate it.”

The subject of the work can be whatever the artist wishes. Entries must be the original work of the artist submitting the work.

Artwork is judged by an unbiased person from outside Chilton County.

“We just encourage people to come see what our talented artists are doing in our community,” Jones said.

Jones said the art exhibit’s namesake, the late Roy Wood, worked for the bank for at least 40 years. Wood was also an artist and worked with other artists in the community to establish the art exhibit. One of Wood’s paintings is still on display at the bank.

The downtown location of River Bank & Trust is 620 Second Ave. N in Clanton.