The following are the entry and judging criteria for the various SilverArts categories.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible to participate, you must be 50 years of age or better on or before December 31, of the current year and be a resident of Cherokee, Clay and Graham counties for three (3) consecutive months each year.

Heritage Arts

  • The artist's name, title of entry and sub-category must be attached to the entry for identification.

  • Heritage art must be the work of ONE individual and not a group (except Quilting - machine, collaborative).

  • It must be an original work.  Patterns may be used but no stamped pieces will be accepted.

  • Art cannot be larger than 3' high x 3' deep x 5' high and are not to be heavier than 50 lbs.

  • Criteria for judging; Originality, Color, Eye Appeal, Function (does it do what it is supposed to do?), Proportions,/Skill/Workmanship.

Literary Arts

  • All entries should be typed, double-space, on 8 1/2" x 11" paper and have a minimum of 1" margins.  A minimum font size is 10 point type.

  • Poems can be no longer than 40 lines.

  • Essays, Short stories and Life Experiences can be no longer than 8 pages.

  • All entries must have a title page which includes the title of the work, sub-category and name of author.  The title page is not included in the page count.

  • For judging purposes, the name of the author should appear only on the title page.

  • The author should keep the original and submit a copy of the work which Cherokee/Clay County Senior Games & SilverArts will keep.

  • Criteria for judging; Creativity, Rhythm/Flow/Readability, Message conveyed by Words, Technique (grammar, style, appropriateness).

Visual Arts

  • The artist's name, title of entry and sub-category must be attached to the entry for identification.

  • Art must be properly framed, wired and ready to be hung.

  • Frames may be no larger than 36" x 42".  No entry may be heavier than 50 lbs.

  • Sculpture groupings are to be no more than 3 pieces.

  • Mixed media pieces may be free-standing, able to be displayed an area no greater than 3' high x 3' deep x 5' high area and must be attached to a base.

  • Criteria for judging; Originality, Color, Eye Appeal, Perspective, Technique.

Performing Arts

  • An artist may only have one entry per size of act in each of 2 sub-categories.

  • The size of the performances is (a) Soloists (who may be accompanied), (b) Small groups (2 - 4), or (c) Large group (5 or more performers).

  • Performance is limited to 3 minutes. Exceeding the time limit will result in disqualification (State competition rules).  Timing begins with the first note of music or the first movement of the act.

  • Props are the responsibility of the performer.

  • Voice presentations must be live, although background music may be tapes or accompanied.

  • All performers, including accompanists must be over the age of 50 and must register as SilverArts participants, although and accompanist will not be counted in the number of performers.

  • Criteria for judging; Technique (difficulty), Creativity (originality), Execution (skill), Presentation (showmanship).​


Cherokee/Clay County Senior Games & SilverArts

PO Box 1062

Murphy, NC  28906


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Terence Faries, Coordinator

Chris Faries, Co-Coordinator

Tim Ford, SilverArts Coordinator

Sheila Ford, SilverArts Co-Coordinator


Denise Cross, Director of Senior Services

Phillip Davis, Director of Parks and Recreation

Michael Kelischek, Event Manager

Linda May, Treasurer


Sue Bent

Jane Birchfield

Ruth Harrell

Gwen Hathaway

Jane Hembree

Janet Paul

Gayle Larson

Barbara Riling


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"This program is sanctioned by North Carolina Senior Games, Inc.

NCSG, Inc. is sponsored statewide by the North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services."