The White Salmon Arts Council is teaming up with Margie’s Outdoor Store to provide exposure and more than $1,000 in prize money to area artists for celebrating the local legend of the Klickitat Ape Cat, a mysterious and very large black panther-like creature that has been reported prowling the forests and canyons of the Columbia River Gorge for decades. A contest kickoff will be held at 2 p.m. March 25 at the White Salmon Public Library, 77 N.E. Wauna Ave., White Salmon. James Szubski of Margie’s Outdoor Store will give an in-depth presentation on the Klickitat Ape Cat based on the reports received in his shop, and the complete rules of the contest will be covered.
Artists will have three weeks to complete their work. A public showing and the judging will occur on April 16. More than $1,000 in prize money will be awarded in various youth and adult categories. After the showing, the artwork will be displayed in local businesses. Complete contest rules will be posted at whitesalmonarts.org.