ASTORIA - As the nation anticipates the commemoration of the Lewis & Clark Expedition Bicentennial, Astoria is preparing to host one of the earliest of the nation's top Lewis & Clark events, Journey's End National Art Exhibition: Revisiting the Lewis & Clark Journey, to take place March 8 to March 30, 2003. This high caliber juried art exhibition is open to all artists working in all media. The Best of Show award is $10,000 with total prize money of up to $29,000. The deadline for art submissions is Jan. 17. Area fine artists are encouraged to enter. See www.jsend.org for details or e-mail journeys@pacifier.com. All artwork will be for sale.

The journal illustrations and notations made by Corps of Discovery members brought to light flora, fauna and landscapes unknown to the new Americans living east of the Mississippi River in the early 1800s. Journey's End National Art Exhibition inspires artists to revisit this epic period in history and to create new artwork that will continue to tell the expedition's story to future generations.

Journey's End National Art Exhibition is anticipated to attract cultural visitors to Astoria throughout March, and is an annual event. It is also part of the area's Lewis & Clark Bicentennial National Signature Event, Destination 2005: The Pacific. In 2005, the exhibition will travel to other cities and return to be displayed in Astoria in November.

For entry forms and other information, see www.jsend.org or e-mail journeys@pacifier.com or call 665-4769.

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