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Magickal Beasts, Mystical Byways (Philadelphia, PA) – Call For Artists

Magickal Beasts, Mystical Byways (Philadelphia, PA) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] Deja 42 Art Gallery is seeking artists who would like to present their work in their upcoming August/September exhibition, Magickal Beasts, Mystical Byways. Creators working in all media (painting, photography, sculpture, drawing, mixed media, ceramics, textile) are welcome. Works should reflect the realm of the fantastic: artistic interpretations of chimerical creatures and cryptozoology; all manners of myths, legends, and folklore; stories of the supernatural; and landscapes of infinite imagination. All media will receive due and equitable consideration.

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Deadline: 4 Aug 2021

A $21 fee is required for up to three different artworks submitted. Detailed images of submitted works may be included. It is preferable that artworks are for sale.

Accepted artists will be notified by Friday, August 6th, 2021. Gallery-ready pieces must be delivered to the gallery before, but absolutely no later than, Friday, August 13th, 2021. Opening reception Saturday, August 14th, 2021. Deja 42 Art Gallery retains a 40% commission on all sold artwork.

Chosen artists for Magickal Beasts, Mystical Byways will be showcased in a gallery space located in the vibrant and eclectic East Passyunk Square area of South Philadelphia. Artists will have the opportunity to not only sell their work at a commission, but also sell prints and smaller pieces in a storefront retail space. Deja 42 Art Gallery promotes featured artists through social media such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter as well as the gallery’s website. Showing artists receive 60% of their retail ask. Openings are every second Saturday of the month. Openings draw a big crowd in an intimate space. This offers promotion, exposure, and open discussion among artists and potential buyers.

About Deja 42 Art Gallery

Deja 42 Art Gallery is a unique fine arts gallery and store of amazing objects. The gallery opened their doors at the beginning of April in the beautiful and lively area of East Passyunk in South
Philadelphia. They have garnered much interest from both locals and visitors. Deja 42 goes beyond the traditional gallery space. The gallery offers artists and artisans the opportunity to showcase their work without the exclusivity of representation. They are open to all forms of media and welcome sincerely both emerging and established artists. Deja 42 is a proud member of the East Passyunk Business Improvement District. The district provides exposure and promotion for businesses in the East Passyunk Avenue area of metropolitan Philadelphia.

For more information, contact deja42artgallery@gmail.com.

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Regional Art Exhibition (Knoxville, TN) – Call For Artists

Regional Art Exhibition (Knoxville, TN) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] Dogwood Arts announces a call for artists for the Regional Art Exhibition, showcasing fine art of all kinds from emerging and established artists throughout the Knoxville, TN, region. The juried exhibition will be on display in the upper gallery at the Emporium Center in Downtown Knoxville from June 4-25, 2021. An independent juror with significant ties to local, regional, and national creative culture will review each application, select the participants, and award monies totaling $2,000 at the opening celebration on Friday, June 4th from 5-8 PM.

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Deadline: 9 May 2021

​For the 2021 regional art exhibition, artworks must have been completed in the last two years by artists 18 years of age and older that live permanently within 500 miles of Downtown Knoxville.

Calendar

  • Sunday, May 9th (11:59PM): Application deadline ($15 Fee – 100% of the application fees cover award monies)
  • Monday, May 17th: Notification of acceptance via email
  • Tuesday, June 1st: Artwork must be delivered to the Emporium Center (Artwork can also be delivered or mailed to the Dogwood Arts office May 17th-21st)
  • June 4-25th: Exhibition Dates
  • June 4th: Exhibition Opening and Award Ceremony 5:00-8:00pm at the Emporium Center

Juror

The exhibition will be juried by Althea Murphy-Price. Murphy-Price began her studies in Fine Art at Spelman College before receiving her Master of Arts in Printmaking and Painting from Purdue University and later studying at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University where she earned her Master of Fine Arts. Her artwork has been shown widely throughout the country as well as international cities in Spain, China, Japan, Italy, and Sweden. Her writings and work have been featured in such publications as Art Papers Magazine, CAA Reviews, Contemporary Impressions Journal, Art in Print, Printmaking: A Complete Guide to Materials and Process, and Printmakers Today.

Regional Art Exhibition Artist Benefits

The Dogwood Arts Regional Art Exhibition is a top notch showcase of emerging and established artists in the South. The show has a long-standing reputation of excellence and is well-attended by local artists, buyers, and art lovers alike. The opening reception will take place on a First Friday in June in a prominent gallery in Knoxville, TN with guaranteed exposure for clients and buyers. Participating artists will be eligible for over $2,000 in award monies that will be distributed at the opening reception.

About Dogwood Arts

With over 20 annual events and programs, Dogwood Arts promotes and celebrates the art, culture, and natural beauty of the Knoxville, TN, region all year long. Dogwood Arts has a 65-year history of arts advocacy, environmental stewardship, and economic impact in East Tennessee. With the financial support of corporate sponsors, grant funding, local government investment, and private donors, they produce 20 year-round events and programs that help make Knoxville a great place to live, work, and play.

Dogwood Arts supports artists at every level, from kindergarten to professionals through a variety of exhibitions, programs, and festivals.

For more information, contact shannon@dogwoodarts.com.

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Art Explosion – $10,000 in Awards (Grayling, MI) – Call For Artists

Art Explosion – $10,000 in Awards (Grayling, MI) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] AuSable Artisan Village announces a call for artists for the 3rd annual Great Northern Art Explosion, an open, international public art contest and exhibition held in downtown Grayling, MI, August 28 – September 11. Artists will exhibit in a centralized space to the public for a chance to win awards and sell their art. Most forms of visual art are accepted.

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Deadline: 15 Jul 2021

The 2021 Art Explosion juror is Valerie Allen, a curator, juror, and professional working artist. Art Explosion offers $10,000+ in available prizes. A $5,000 grand prize, $2,000 second place prize, $1,500 best of show juror award, $1,000 juror award, and $1,000 juror award. Artists have the opportunity to win one of the cash prizes including an Art Explosion trophy and website and social media recognition. Artists have the opportunity to publicly exhibit their work or offer their work for sale to over 2,000 visitors (statistic taken from 2020 visitor numbers).

About AuSable Artisan Village

AuSable Artisan Village is a non-profit art center and events destination in the heart of Northern Michigan, located in downtown Grayling. For 10 years, AuSable Artisan Village has hosted a retail art gallery with dozens of artists, live concerts and performances, and offers art classes and workshops. AuSable Artisan Village is partially funded by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2019, AuSable Artisan Village hosted the first annual Art Explosion, offering a $1,500 grand prize. This year, Art Explosion will offer a $10,000 award bag, including a $5,000 grand prize.

For more information, contact graylingarts@gmail.com.

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Visualizing the Past Exhibition (St James, NY) – Call For Artists

Visualizing the Past Exhibition (St James, NY) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] Smithtown Township Arts Council and Mills Pond Gallery invites artists to submit works for a juried exhibition, Visualizing The Past. The theme is poet Emily Dickinson’s phrase: “Memory is a strange Bell—Jubilee, and Knell.” The exhibition is open to multiple responses to the metaphor: a bell that summons the public to a joyous celebration or rings mournfully to signal loss.

 

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Deadline: 30 Jun 2021

For Visualizing the Past, artists may explore the role of remembrance—from personal reflections to universal emotions—through abstract, representational, or mixed modalities. Visual evocations of past events, landscapes, people, scenes, objects, or structures can make intangible thoughts, emotions, and concepts visible to the mind’s eye. Images that preserve the past can retard decay and disappearance. Conversely, they could give form to the inevitable ravages of time.

Whether invoking the highs or lows of cultural memory, artists can suggest what remains after a physical presence, event, or emotion has vanished. The exhibition is open to varied interpretations of the subject, from literal or narrative-inspired to far-ranging or symbolic. Representational images of remembered sights, activities, impressions, or atmosphere as well as surrealistic or abstract evocations related to the subject are welcome. Expressions may range from positive images to more melancholy soundings.

Visualizing the Past Artist Benefits

Selected artists for Visualizing the Past will have the opportunity to exhibit in an historic gallery facility that has been in business for more than fifty years and listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The building was built in 1838 and has five gallery rooms, 11 foot ceilings, and lots of natural light. Artists will have the opportunity to have their art judged from national entries by art critic and cultural journalist, Carol Strickland for awards $1200 Best in Show, $800 Second Place, and $400 Third Place.

About Smithtown Township Arts Council

Incorporated in 1972, Smithtown Township Arts Council (STAC) offers a unique combination of historical preservation, cultural promotion, and arts exhibition. The Council has been committed to the arts in Suffolk County for forty-six years, working to provide a creative outlet and the opportunity to experience, investigate, and discover contemporary art and cultural issues which are engaging and relevant to the public’s daily lives and civic responsibilities. They believe the arts are indispensable in building good character in the citizens of the community as they foster communication, offer new insights on the world, and add to the greater appreciation of both life and society.

Since 1978, the Council has made its home in the historic Mills Pond House. Occupied by the prosperous Mills family (early settlers of the Town of Smithtown) until 1976, this area is a rare survival of an agricultural hamlet once common on Long Island. William Wickham Mills (a man of wealth and social prominence) inherited the family land and began to construct the Mills Pond House in 1838. This Greek Revival style home is the earliest documented architect-designed house in the area.

About Mills Pond Gallery

The Mills Pond Gallery strives to promote an active process of exploration involving creativity and the arts, providing inspiring and enjoyable opportunities for visitors to explore different points of view, challenge preconceptions and prejudices, and foster critical thinking. They hope that the public will relate the art exhibited to their own life experiences, creating new links and understanding. Dedicated to showcasing the artistic development and achievements of the region and nation, the gallery’s exhibitions provide diverse art experiences for individuals and reach the local communities through classes, special events, and community outreach programs. Focusing on active and collaborative learning through the medium of art, they bring arts and people together to discover, enjoy, and understand the nation’s rich and diverse artistic heritage.

For more information, contact gallery@stacarts.org.

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65th Annual Park Forest Art Fair (Park Forest, IL) – Call For Artists

65th Annual Park Forest Art Fair (Park Forest, IL) – Call For Artists

Tall Grass Arts Association announces a call for artists for the 65th Annual Park Forest Art Fair scheduled for September 19 and 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Artists may exhibit a variety of media, including two dimensional work (painting, pastels, printmaking, and stitchery), three dimensional work (wood, glass, ceramics, and fiber), and jewelry. This is the second oldest juried art fair in Chicagoland. It is a very artist-friendly fair.

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Deadline: 8 May 2020

Registration is $175 and artists keep 100% of sales. Gallery artists receive 70% of the sale price of items sold in the gallery during exhibits or in the gift shop.

The Park Forest Art Fair is held on the Village Green in front of the gallery and along Main Street in downtown Park Forest. The village hosts a music fest on Saturday during the fair and fest favorite, the folk duo Patchouli, will perform on Sunday. There are several food vendors offering a variety of foods.

Park Forest Art Fair Benefits

Tall Grass Arts Association offers several prizes, totaling $2,500, and various purchase prizes. The fair is advertised on WBEZ during prime time; in various publications such as the Chicago Tribune; in regional newspapers with the focus of the story being the individual artists from that region; and on social media, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Being juried for the art fair conveys the status of gallery artist with an annual opportunity to exhibit annually in the Tall Grass Gallery, the opportunity to participate in invitational exhibits, and to sell in the gift shop.

Artists are provided a breakfast each day of the fair and a wonderful dinner on Saturday night when prize winners are announced. Volunteers bring free bottles of water to the artists several times each day and provide bathroom breaks for the artists.

Some of the art fair artists have been exhibiting in the fair for more than 3 decades. One pair of artists who participate in both the Naperville Riverwalk and the Park Forest on the same weekend have reported that they sell as well in Park Forest as in Naperville. All of the participating Park Forest art fair artists report that they enjoy the fact that the Park Forest fair attendees stop to chat with the artists. 100% of the sales price goes to the artist and is not split with Tall Grass. Finally, this is one of the most affordable art fairs around because it is totally organized and managed by a team of volunteers.

“I love doing shows with nonprofit orgs because I support their efforts to do good on their community. I also think this is a growing movement among artists tired of the outrageous fees and impersonal promoters (23 new artists!) Keep up the good work, see you next year.” e waddington

“Mu husband and I had such a great time this weekend. I love you all, and loved the artists with whom I spoke, as well as every single person who came into my booth. This was truly one of the most special weekends I’ve ever experienced. I can’t believe how much happiness my artwork brought so many people. I even sold my Milky Way acrylic print on Sunday! N Roash

“Even though it was my first year at the fair, I could tell that I would like to return next year. I am looking forward to next year. I would like to thank you and the great staff for being so helpful and understanding.” P Taylor

About Tall Grass Arts Association

The Tall Grass Arts Association team is composed of volunteers. They have gotten to know the artists in a personal manner as they plan all the various aspects of the fair, from registration to helping unload, marketing the fair, and participating in the dinner for the artists. It is the dedication and effort of these volunteers that allows Tall Grass to keep the fees low for artists.

For more information, contact jmuchnik@sbcglobal.net.

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Spring Forward (Philadelphia, PA) – Call For Artists

Spring Forward (Philadelphia, PA) – Call For Artists

Deja 42 Art Gallery announces a call for artists for those who would like to present their work in their upcoming March exhibition, Spring Forward.  Pieces should represent the changing of the season and the stormy power and beauty of Nature as we head into Spring. Creators working in all media (painting, photography, sculpture, drawing, mixed media, ceramics, textile) are welcome. All media will receive due and equitable consideration.

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Deadline: 2 Mar 2020

A $20 fee is required for up to three different artworks submitted. Detailed images of submitted works may be included.
 It is preferable that artworks are for sale. Include contact information, artwork title, media, and dimensions with your submission.

Accepted artists will be notified by Wednesday, March 4th, 2020.
 Gallery-ready pieces should be delivered to the Gallery no later than Wednesday, March 11th, 2020. 
  Deja 42 Art Gallery retains a 40% commission on all sold artwork.
 Opening reception is Saturday, March 14th, 2020.

Spring Forward Call For Artists Benefits

Chosen artists for Spring Forward will be showcased in a gallery space located in the vibrant and eclectic East Passyunk Square area of South Philadelphia. Artists will have the opportunity to not only sell their work at a commission, but also sell prints and smaller pieces in a storefront retail space. Deja 42 Art Gallery promotes featured artists through social media such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter as well as the gallery’s website. Showing artists receive 60% of their retail ask. Openings are every second Saturday of the month. Openings draw a big crowd in an intimate space. This offers promotion, exposure, and open discussion among artists and potential buyers.

About Deja 42 Art Gallery

Deja 42 Art Gallery is a unique Fine arts gallery and store of amazing objects. The gallery opened their doors at the beginning of April in the beautiful and lively area of East Passyunk in South Philadelphia. They have garnered much interest from both locals and visitors. Deja 42 goes beyond the traditional gallery space. The gallery offers artists and artisans the opportunity to showcase their work without the exclusivity of representation.

They are open to all forms of media and welcome sincerely both emerging and established artists. Deja 42 is a proud member of the East Passyunk Business Improvement District. The district provides exposure and promotion for businesses in the East Passyunk Avenue area of metropolitan Philadelphia.

For more information, contact deja42artgallery@gmail.com.

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59th Annual Grand Haven Art Festival (Grand Haven, MI) – Call For Artists

59th Annual Grand Haven Art Festival (Grand Haven, MI) – Call For Artists

The Chamber of Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg announces a call for artists for the 59th Annual Grand Haven Art Festival, a community event that takes place June 27 and 28. They invite nearly 100 artists from across the country to transform Washington Avenue into a chic, outdoor, art gallery. Ranked number 27 in the Top 200 Shows by Sunshine Artist Magazine, this well-attended event boasts free admission, food vendors, kids’ activities, and live music. Residents and visitors from Grand Rapids, Chicago, and Detroit visit the festival looking to purchase that perfect piece for their homes, cottages, and offices.

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Deadline: 15 Feb 2020

This show welcomes fine art only. All artwork must be the original, handcrafted work of the displaying artist. Buy/Sell vendors are strictly prohibited. Artwork will not be permitted if it is created from non-artist made molds, kits, or other commercial methods. Artwork produced in studios involved in volume production will not be permitted, nor will work that is mass-produced or ready-made items (clothing, furniture) with artistic embellishments.

Available categories for applying include: Clay, Digital Art, Drawing, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Metal, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Wood.

59th Annual Grand Haven Art Festival Benefits

Artists prizes total $1,000 (top three prizes only). Honorable Mentions in each category listed above are awarded. There are artist benefits and amenities including booth sitters; complimentary snacks and water; complimentary breakfast; a host home program for accommodations; extensive marketing in newspaper, television, and social media; artist parking close to the show; and an excited, welcoming, and beautiful community to spend the weekend.

Grand Haven Art Festival is a smaller show (in terms of number of booths) in comparison to other nationally-ranked shows. That’s what makes it special. Buyers feel as though they have the time to stop in to each and every booth and make real connections with the artists.

About The Chamber of Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg

The Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg has been the go to place for businesses in Northwest Ottawa County since 1899. They continue to be the leading voice for business. It is their mission to be the connection point facilitating the economic drivers that support business development, sustained growth, health, and quality of life for all sectors in North Ottawa County and West Michigan. Grand Haven is a beautiful beach town, located right on Lake Michigan.

For more information, contact eholman@grandhavenchamber.org.

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Contemporary Realism (St James, NY) – Call For Artists

Contemporary Realism (St James, NY) – Call For Artists

Mills Pond Gallery invites artists to submit works for a juried contemporary realism exhibition to be held September 12 – October 17, 2020. Juror: Max Ginsburg. Only oil paintings will be considered in this call for submissions. The subject matter is open and can include portraits, landscapes, and still lifes. Paintings should be representational, ranging from impressionistic in style to highly rendered paintings.

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Deadline: 22 Jun 2020

Entry Fee $45/3 images

Artists will have the opportunity to have their work juried by one of the most respected and highly accomplished realist painters today, Max Ginsburg.

Selected artists for Contemporary Realism will have the opportunity to receive prize awards: Awards: $1200 Best in Show, $800 Second Place, $400 Third Place. First place winner will be invited to a Winners Showcase in 2021.

Selected artists will have the opportunity to exhibit in an historic gallery facility that is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Built in 1838 the gallery has 12 foot ceilings and five gallery rooms.

Contemporary Realism Juror

Max Ginsburg’s paintings are in many prominent collections including The Butler Institute of American Art, The New Britain Museum, The Washington County Museum, The Society of Illustrators Museum, The Salmagundi Club, The Art Renewal Center (ARC), and The Martin Luther King Labor Center.

The alla prima painter is praised for his political and social commentaries bringing to life on canvas the struggles of everyday people in his New York City home. His fine art has been exhibited widely. It has received countless major awards among them The Portrait Society of America Competition (William Draper Grand Prize) and The Art Renewal Center (International Salon Competition- Best in Show).

Ginsburg enjoyed a successful twenty-four year career in illustration, retiring from the field in 2004 to concentrate again on his fine art. The artist has taught art for 60 years and offers workshops around the country and abroad in his commitment to inspire today’s artists to master realism painting.

About Mills Pond Gallery

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. 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.

For more information, contact gallery@stacarts.org.

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Art Speaks 2020 (Matthews, VA) – Call For Artists

Art Speaks 2020 (Matthews, VA) – Call For Artists

The Bay School Community Arts Center announces a call for artists for Art Speaks 2020 juried exhibition. This 8th annual statewide show brings the best of Virginia’s contemporary artists to the Art Speaks Gallery on the Chesapeake Bay. The show welcomes two- and three-dimensional artwork from all Virginia artists.

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Deadline: 1 Mar 2020

The 2020 exhibition dates are April 25 – May 26, with an opening reception on April 25.

The juror and judge is Nicole McCormick Santiago, Professor of Drawing and Painting at The College of William and Mary. Digital images will be juried online. The show will be judged in person when installed.

Art Speaks 2020 Participant Benefits

In its 8th year, this exhibition has shown the work of nearly 300 Virginia artists. Approximately 80 artists are accepted each year. The opening reception attracts 200 guests and the 800 visitors see the exhibition in the gallery. The artwork is viewable on the Bay School website for a year following the exhibition opening. 1500 full-color programs are printed with images of the artwork and distributed to over 100 galleries around Virginia.

Art Speaks 2020 awards include $1500 for Best in Show, $500 each for 1st place 2-D and 3-D, $300 each for 2nd place 2-D and 3-D, $200 each for 3rd place 2-D and 3-D, five locally sponsored and judged awards of $250 each, and five $50 awards of merit. All award winners will be invited back for an Art Speaks Encore exhibition in August, 2020.

The Bay School is sponsored by Dominion Energy, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, Mathews County, and numerous local foundations and businesses, all of whom receive copies of the program, and send representatives to view the exhibition.

Many artists who have applied to the exhibition have participated in other Art Speaks Gallery exhibitions or become regular exhibitors.

About Bay School Community Arts Center

The Bay School Community Arts Center provides over 100 classes in visual arts each year, drawing instructors, and students from around Virginia and beyond. The Art Speaks Gallery represents over 60 local and regional artists and features 11 special exhibitions each year, as well as highlighting a different artist each month and hosting monthly artisan markets.

Mathews County is an arts destination and the Bay School draws over 8000 visitors each year. The Bay School partners with the Mathews County Visitor and Information Center, Made in Mathews Open Studio Tour, the Middle Peninsula Alliance, Gloucester Arts on Main, the River to Bay Artisan Trail, the Virginia Watercolor Society, and many more local, regional, and state businesses and agencies to promote local, regional, and state-wide visual artists and arts experiences.

For more information, contact artspeaks@bayschool-arts.com.

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Hand Drawn (St James, NY) – Call For Artists

Hand Drawn (St James, NY) – Call For Artists

Mills Pond Gallery invites artists to submit works for Hand Drawn, a juried drawing exhibition April 25 – May 29, 2020. Juror: Thomas Germano. The exhibition is open to drawing in any medium. All subjects, styles, and genres are welcome. No prints, watercolors, photos, or scanned digital photography manipulated with an app.

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Deadline: 24 Mar 2020

Entry Fee: $45/3 images

Selected artists for Hand Drawn will have the opportunity to receive prize awards: $800 Best in Show, $500 Second Place, and $300 Third Place.  First place winner will be invited to a Winners Showcase in 2021. Selected artists will have the opportunity to exhibit in an historic gallery facility that is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Built in 1838 the gallery has 12 foot ceilings and five gallery rooms.

About Smithtown Township Arts Council

Incorporated in 1972, Smithtown Township Arts Council (STAC) offers a unique combination of historical preservation, cultural promotion, and arts exhibition. The Council has been committed to the arts in Suffolk County for forty-six years, working to provide a creative outlet and the opportunity to experience, investigate, and discover contemporary art and cultural issues which are engaging and relevant to the public’s daily lives and civic responsibilities. They believe the arts are indispensable in building good character in the citizens of our communities as they foster communication, offer new insights on the world, and add to the greater appreciation of both life and society.

About Mills Pond Gallery

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. 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.

For more information, contact gallery@stacarts.org.

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