A Summer Song - Call For Artists From Mills Pond Gallery

A Summer Song – Call For Artists

A Summer Song – Call For Artists

Smithtown Township Arts Council / Mills Pond Gallery invites artists to submit works for a juried exhibition on the theme A Summer Song. The exhibition is open to varied interpretations of the subject, from literal to far-ranging.

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Deadline: 29 Mar 2018

Representational images of summer-related sights, activities, impressions, or atmosphere as well as surrealistic or abstract evocations inspired by the subject are welcome. Expressions may range from images of sun, sea, surf, and verdure to a more melancholy awareness of summer’s last gasp, a prelude to fall. Artists may also respond to the musical aspect of this call for entries. One could interpret the rhythm of the season, composing a visual image of summer’s harmonies.

Entry fee: $45 for three image entries

Awards: $750 Best in Show, $500 Second Place, $200 Third Place

Selected artists for A Summer Song will have the opportunity to exhibit in an historic gallery facility that is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

A Summer Song Juror

They will have the opportunity to have their art judged by Carol Strickland. She is an art critic and cultural journalist who has authored four books on art including her best-selling The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to the Present (published in a revised, updated 3rd edition in January 2018). Her introduction to architecture, The Annotated Arch: A Crash Course in the History of Architecture will be republished in a second edition in February 2018 by Echo Point Publishing as The Annotated Flying Buttress: A Crash Course in the History of Architecture. Strickland has also authored The Illustrated Timeline of Art History and The Illustrated Timeline of Western Literature.

About Smithtown Township Arts Council

Smithtown Township Arts Council operates Mills Pond Gallery in an historic Greek Revival building built in 1838. Adaptation of Mills Pond House for public use has introduced modern mechanical systems to the structure without impairing its historic integrity. Gallery lighting and handicapped access have been designed to complement the original building. Notable among the ca. 1838 Grecian details are the gold-veined marble mantelpieces, ornamental plater centres applied to the ceilings and front and rear stoops supported by wooden Doric columns.

Mills Pond house preserves the locality’s name, but departs from tradition in other respects. Its high-style Grecian design is unusual on Long Island and the hand of an accomplished architect is nearly unique at this early date. Pollard’s influence is seen in the use of imported materials: Albany boards, Carolina yellow pine, English glass, Connecticut stone, and Santo Domingan mahogany. The silvered hardware, decorative plaster, and carpeting were bought in New York City shops. William Wickham Mills died in 1865. His home descended in the family until its gift to the Town of Smithtown in 1976. Today, it is preserved for use as an arts-related facility.

By exhibiting contemporary works of art from local to national sources, Mills Pond Gallery brings art and people together to discover, enjoy, and understand the nation’s rich and diverse artistic heritage. Exhibitions reach local communities through classes, special events, and community outreach programs that focus on active and collaborative learning.

For more information, contact gallery@stacarts.org.

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