Call for Artists: Showing Off

The Chestertown Arts League’s  show for April 2012 is on the theme “Showing Off” and is open to all artists in all mediums.  The curators invite artists to push themselves in their favorite mediums and/or into a new or less favored medium.  Artists are encouraged to put aside inhibitions and be audacious – perhaps eschewing a traditional strength to test themselves in new areas.  They might address a new subject or mood; allow their eye or palette to wander; show more abstraction or realism than is their normal wont; perhaps be an entirely different artist……  The curators hope the artists might harness or rediscover the kind of abandoned joy they felt as pre-schoolers engaging in an artful project – that state where the critical eye of a viewer is no consideration.

Check-in for submissions is at the CAL’s Cannon Street  galleries  Sunday April 1, 1-3 pm or Tuesday April 3, 10am-1pm and the show will open Friday April 6 with a reception 5-8pm.   The show will run through Sunday April 22.  Unsold work should be picked up:  Sunday April 22, 3-5pm or Tuesday April 24,  10am-1pm.  The show will be mounted in both the main and studio galleries.  Artists may bring up to 3 pieces for consideration –  unaccepted pieces will be  returned immediately (at check-in) to the artist.  The submitted work should not have been previously shown in any CAL sponsored show.  All pieces must be properly wired with hanging wires securely attached mechanically to the sides of the frame.   (E.g. ready-made frames where the wires are attached to rotating clips on the backing which are essential for holding the glass matting and backing together are unacceptable.) The curators prefer simple frames, but are open to special framing which enhances the presentation of the piece. Wired but otherwise unframed stretched canvasses are acceptable if the edges are neatened and painted unobtrusively.  Please contact Rich Hall if you have a question on acceptable framing or have a nontraditional plan for hanging.  Heavy pieces which cannot be safely hung in the gallery or overly large pieces will not be accepted.

Entry fees are $5 per accepted piece for CAL members and $12 per accepted piece for others.  On the back of each piece artists should provide:  Title of piece; artist’s name (as it should appear on the show tag); contact phone number and email address and sales price.  The gallery commission on sales is  35%.  The artist must leave work accepted into the show for the full run of the show.  In the case of a buyer from outside the region CAL may release the work earlier to that buyer.

For questions or additional information  on the show  contact Rich Hall  at rwhall@pitt.edu (410-928-5012).  The CAL galleries are found at 312 Cannon Street in downtown Chestertown.   Regular gallery hours are:  Thursday  and Friday  Noon – 4pm;  Saturday 10am – 4pm.  The gallery will also be open Sunday April 22, Noon – 3pm.  For further information on other CAL activities see www.chestertownartsleague.org or contact the gallery at 410-778-5789 or artsleague@verizon.net.