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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.

Previous call for artists from Mills Pond Gallery

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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.

Previous call for artists from Mills Pond Gallery

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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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