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Have mercy, Riot Fest is throwing a John Stamos art show

Written by
Jonathan Samples

In 2013, Riot Fest displayed a sculpture of actor John Stamos made of butter. This year, the punk and alt-rock music festival will celebrate its love of the former Full House star with an art show. Have Mercy: The John Stamos Art Show will be held July 14–16 at Cobra Lounge, and organizers are promising the "greatest art event ever in the history of the world!"

"We are putting a call out to the Riot Fest community to tap into the inspiration that Mr. Stamos has shared with all of us, and to channel it onto the canvas," the festival said on its website. "The result of which will be, by all accounts, the largest collection of John Stamos-inspired artwork under one roof."

If, like the beautiful minds behind the Riot Fest Twitter account, you too have frequent thoughts about Uncle Jesse, it's your lucky day. Riot Fest is looking for artists (that term is being used loosely), aspiring artists or pretty much anyone with a few tubes of acrylic paint to submit their Stamos-themed creations for a chance to win VIP passes and general admission tickets to the annual music festival, taking place from September 15–17 in Douglas Park

A panel of celebrity judges, including folks from the Nihilist Arby’s Twitter account, Riot Fest and the A.V. Club, will evaluate the submissions during an opening night gala on July 14. It's said that a very special surprise guest will also help judge the pieces (please let it be Stamos himself!). The Best in Show winner will receive the grand prize—two VIP passes to Riot Fest and the DVD box set of Full House. The second place artist will receive a pair of general admission tickets and third place will be awarded one general admission ticket. A selection of submissions will also be displayed during this year's Riot Fest.

Interested artists should mail their 11-by-14-inch or smaller submissions to Riot Fest (1658 N Milwaukee Ave #125, Chicago, IL 60647) by no later than July 7. Artworks must be delivered framed or ready to hang and labeled with the artist's name, the title of the piece, type of media, email address, phone number and estimated price. The submissions will be sold at auction, and 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit a charity to be named later by Stamos himself. 

So if you fancy yourself an artist and have a healthy (or unhealthy) obsession with John Stamos, get to Michaels; you're going to need plenty of glossy paint if you want to accurately capture that radiant smile and brilliant head of hair.

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