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Looking back: capturing the art and kitsch of fall

We look back on our Picturesque theme this fall - "Art or Kitsch?" - and look for inspiration for our next Picturesque gallery-none if which would be possible without our sponsor, ColorInc ProLab.
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Well, there's no denying it now: ArtPrize is over. And with it, the closing of our fall edition of Picturesque: "Art or Kitsch?"

We asked you to share your images in which you either captured some artwork around you, or made your own... in a fun kitschy fashion. And we got a great variety of answers.

Some found great gems while exploring ArtPrize 2011, with artists creating their work and our children interacting with entries like a giant mousetrap. We the readers were left wondering whether many of the images was added to the gallery because the photographer felt it was art...or kitsch. We may never know.

Others shared beautiful app-ified photos of daily life, whether it was a spice shelf or sneaking in a ride on Robinson Road in the fall.

We spent some time thinking about art and its too-often denegrated relative kitsch, and the conversations continued on our Facebook page as people discussed which category a photo should be in and wondered where certain photos were taken. I hope these conversations about art, and all of its kissing cousins, will continue on past the ArtPrize - and the fall Picturesque - season. 

We have had some great help making Picturesque possible thanks to our sponsor ColorInc ProLab. They'll be supporting us through two more Picturesque galleries, coming up in the next months. What we are able to do here on The Rapidian would not be possible without generous local supporters like ColorInc.

So, sadly, the season is over. The cold windy days are blowing away all our warm-weather wandering, when we were snapping pictures of the art and beauty all around us. But the art and beauty doesn't stop with this season.

So we're wondering: what should we be doing next? What theme would you really like to capture with your camera?

Let us know what inspires you: you just may be the inspiration for our next season of Picturesque.

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