Each year ,the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association holds a design contest to select the image for the Common Ground Country Fair poster. Maine residents and MOFGA members, regardless of residence, are eligible to participate.

The 2011 Common Ground Country Fair poster features a colorful depiction of fresh and freshly canned veggies by Maine artist Dacia Klinkerch. Klinkerch grew and canned the produce depicted. She used the crops for a still life oil painting and later adapted her painting to create the more graphic style that MOFGA’s poster contest requires.

“With the oil painting, there were a lot of subtle shadows and grading of colors. I had to make it much more graphic — nothing too blended,” Klinkerch said.

The contest for the 2012 poster is open, and MOFGA is accepting submissions through 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5. The winning design will be featured on the 2012 Fair poster, website, T-shirt and promotional literature. The artist will be featured in MOFGA’s newspaper, The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener, and will receive $1,000.

Artists may submit two entries. All entries must arrive in the MOFGA office by the deadline. For complete guidelines, including technical specifications, visit the Poster link at mofga.org or contact the fair office at commonground@mofga.org or 568-4142.