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Written by: Kelly Sheehy, Content Specialist, Main Library

This year, you don’t have to travel to a galaxy far, far away to celebrate Star Wars Day on May 4 (“May the fourth be with you,” get it?). Jay Kalagayan and Christina Wald are the local creators of an annual art show for Star Wars enthusiasts.

May The Fourth Be With You Episode IV: A New Hope – An Art Tribute Show to a Galaxy Far, Far Away happens at the Brew House in East Walnut Hills and is in its third year. The event features over a dozen local artists displaying and selling their Star Wars universe fan art.

This year, the Library teamed up with Kalagayan and Wald to create a special series of drawing workshops for kids and teens ages 6–18. It will culminate in a youth Star Wars art show that will be on display at the Main Library branch on Saturday, May 4.

Star Wars drawing contest

The work will be judged by a group of artists from the Cincinnati Fan Art Collective Awards, who will present the awards at 1 p.m. The grand prize winner will have their artwork displayed on next year’s May the Fourth Art Show poster. First place will receive art supplies by PLAZA and Star Wars books. To enter the contest, fill out the form on our TeenSpace page and submit by Saturday, April 20.

“I hope to ignite kid’s joy in drawing”, says Christina Wald. “As a kid, I loved drawing from my favorite comics and movies. And it's a way to show their off work to family and friends.”

The first Star Wars film was released in 1977  and is now a cultural phenomenon that spans the decades. “There was not much out there like it when the movie debuted,” says Wald. “Since then, parents who loved it have shared it with their kids. There's something universal in the story that speaks to everyone. Plus it has cool spaceships and aliens.”

Star Wars drawing contest

Kids who are die-hard fans or new to the series can attend workshops at the Main Library, Cheviot Branch Library, and Walnut Hills Branch Library. Attendees will learn to draw everything from Jedi knights to Sith lords with local illustrators from the Cincinnati Fan Art Collective.

Parents shouldn’t forget to check out the main art show opening at Brew House at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 4. “This is the Brew House's biggest event each year and it keeps getting bigger,” says Wald. “We raise money for the Lucasfilm-sponsored Force for Change charity. Last year we were able to donate over $800.”

Star Wars drawing contest

The show will be on display at the Brew House until June 1 with other Star Wars-related events for adults happening there throughout the month of May. For a full list of events, visit @maythefourthcincy on Facebook. Be sure to visit your local Library branch to check out all of their Star Wars books, movies, and more