I have been participating in the Mama’s Royal Napkin Art Contest in Oakland, CA for the past 9 years and I honestly look forward to it every spring. (I even sent my napkin art entry to Mama’s while I was living in Japan!) Mama’s Royal Cafe is a cute “grab your own cup and serve yourself coffee” corner restaurant that always has a line outside the door. They have been serving up breakfast and lunch to the neighborHOOD for over 30 years, and it’s always on the top of my list for breakfast when I can actually get up at a decent time on my days off. They hold an annual Napkin Art contest that is judged by local “professional” artists and the winners are not only displayed in the cafe for a year, but they can be awarded up to $400- for their crafty piece of art. In my opinion, this contest not only creates a positive and fun gathering place for the community, but the owner’s of Mama’s supports local artists and respects their craft. Mama’s napkin art contest puts a literal spin on the phrase, “Put your money where your mouth is.”
This is my entry for 2013. Acrylic on Napkin.