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Bob's Discount Furniture Children's Scholarship Art Contest

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Hundreds of children and their parents from five states in the region are expected to attend the final event of the Second Annual Bob's Discount Furniture Children's Scholarship Art Contest taking place this Saturday, May 6, 2006 at Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, as the three finalists will be announced for their outstanding artwork that was submitted in this regional competition. Each finalist from one of the three age categories will be awarded a $5,000 scholarship from Bob's Discount Furniture. Hosted by Bob's Discount Furniture television spokesperson Cathy Poulin, the daylong event will offer children hands-on art classes taught by industry professionals and working artists from The Art Spot, Brookfield, CT. The children will learn about the life of an artist and then create their own artwork. Kicked-off in October 2005, the Second Annual Bob's Discount Furniture Children's Art Scholarship contest posted hundreds of art submissions online for the public to review and vote for their favorite entries. Children from ages 7-10 submitted artwork of their favorite animal, ages 11-14 submitted examples of their favorite vacation destination and ages 15-18 submitted artwork of their favorite place to hangout. A total of sixty children from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New Jersey were chosen as the top finalists and then a panel of art professionals chose three finalists from each of the three age categories. "This definitely was the biggest and most talented children's art competition that we've had to date," explained Bob's Discount Furniture spokesperson Cathy Poulin. "From sketch drawings to watercolors to paintings on canvas, the level of talent of all of the children's artwork is really outstanding". The Scholarship Art Contest final event will be held at the Wesleyan University's Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street, Middletown, CT. The building is located at the between Pine Street, Lawn Avenue and Church Street on the university campus. Date: Saturday, May 6, 2006 Time: 9:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. Agenda 9:30 - 10 a.m. - Registration/Main Room 10 -12 noon - Children's Morning Art Class Session 12 - 12:30 p.m. - Lunch 12:45 - 2:45 p.m. - Afternoon Art Class Session *2:45 - 3:15 p.m. - Art Work Display/Main Room & Awards Ceremony of Scholarship Recipients* For more information about the facility or directions go to http://www.wesleyan.edu/facilities/conferences.html About Bob's Discount Furniture The fast-growing New England furniture retailer with 21 stores located throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Jersey and New Hampshire, Bob's Discount Furniture has built strong brand awareness and customer loyalty through its unique shopping environment, customer service commitment and everyday low prices. First-time visitors are pleasantly surprised by the comfortable atmosphere and vast selection of quality furniture that surpasses their "discount" expectations. As a part of the overall shopping experience, many of the Bob's locations have complimentary cafés featuring gourmet coffee, fresh baked cookies and candy, while other locations offer home theater and video arcade entertainment. Known for their unique style of television and radio advertising, Bob Kaufman, president, and Cathy Poulin, public relations director, have been inviting customers for over a decade to "Come on down!" For more information, visit www.mybobs.com.

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