Gifts from the Sea - Annual Challenge Exhibit

Watercolor by Pam Forbes

Watercolor by Pam Forbes

Regional artists and craftspeople in all media are invited to participate in Gifts from the Sea, a juried creative challenge exhibition sponsored by Friends of Franklin Park Arts Center. Gifts from the Sea will feature creative works in your choice of media. Entries must have some type of sea life as the subject matter, may incorporate three-dimensional found items shaped or produced by the sea (such as sea glass, egg cases, or shells), or be created from materials that have been shaped or produced by the sea. Three cash prizes will be awarded in the amounts of $200 for Best in Show, $100 for Friend's Choice and $50 for Most Seaworthy.

The public is invited to a reception for participants on Sunday, July 26th from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Challenge pieces may be submitted to Franklin Park Arts Center on July 20-21. Gifts from the Sea will be on display in the Gallery from July 24-August 23, 2015. The public is invited to a reception for participants on Sunday July 26th from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Gifts from the Sea  is sponsored by The Friends of Franklin Park Arts Center, a 501.c.3 non-profit advisory board dedicated to the success of the Arts Center.

Each year the Friends of Franklin Park Arts Center sponsor an Annual Challenge Exhibit designed to intrigue and inspire artists to explore and create pieces beyond their usual subject matter, style or media. Franklin Park Arts Center hosts the exhibit and artists reception. Staff also helps with registration, advertising and publicity, and public contact. The Friends volunteer hundreds of hours assisting staff with promoting the exhibit, hanging the artwork, sponsoring the reception, purchasing exhibit supplies, and more. The Friends receive 20% of the sale price of each piece, which helps fund the purchase of specialized equipment, furnishings and amenities for the Arts Center, as well as underwriting special arts programs for the community. Artists receive 80% of the sale price of each piece after the show ends.

We appreciate your support of the Arts Center and participation in our exhibits - thank you!

Submission Requirements:

Eligibility:

  • Entrants must be regional residents (VA, WV or MD)
  • There is no age limit – high school students are encouraged to enter
  • Content must be in accordance with County policies
  • Friends of Franklin Park Arts Center reserves the right to reject any entry submission for any reason, at its discretion

Registration:

  • Advance registration preferred, encouraged and welcome - by email to (Elizabeth.Bracey@Loudoun.gov), phone (540-338-7973) or in person at Franklin Park Arts Center during office hours (M-F, 9-5) prior to the delivery dates below
  • Alternative - register when you bring your artwork on one of the artwork delivery dates below
  • Images submitted in advance are welcome and will be considered for the front of the exhibition postcard and website
  • Entry fee of $20.00 (payable ONLY by cash or check to FFPAC) in advance or pay when you bring in your artwork (if paying by check: include your name, address and phone number with your check and put the title of the exhibit in the memo

Be prepared:

  • With the title, media and price of your submitted piece
  • To sign a Submission Agreement form
  • With a current, one-page artist biography ready to present to the public (suggested)

Entries:

You are invited to submit one piece for display and sale:

Your artwork:
  • Must have some type of sea life as the subject matter
  • May incorporate three-dimensional found items shaped or produced by the sea (such as sea glass, egg cases, or shells)
  • May be created from materials that have been shaped or produced by the sea
  • Any medium is eligible and encouraged
  • A single piece may have multiple components
  • Two and three-dimensional works are welcome
  • Originals are preferred for the exhibit; we are happy to add a second label: “Prints available from the artist at $___ [your fee]”
  • First come, first served: as many pieces as possible will be displayed in the space available

ALL WORK MUST BE READY FOR DISPLAY:

  • Two-dimensional artwork must be properly and securely framed and/or matted (if appropriate) and ready to hang with securely attached sturdy wire (no saw tooth hangers)
  • Two-dimensional works not securely wired and ready to hang will not be accepted
  • Three dimensional artwork will be exhibited on backdrops, pedestals or inside an exhibit case
  • If you are planning a non-traditional method of display: call 540-338-7973 or email friends@franklinparkartscenter.org in advance to ensure the piece can be safely exhibited
  • If your piece will occupy more than 2 x 2 feet of wall or floor space or weigh more than 25 pounds: call 540-338-7973 or email friends@franklinparkartscenter.org in advance to ensure the piece can be safely exhibited

Submissions accepted:

July 20-21 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Delivery prior to July 20: email Elizabeth.Bracey@loudoun.gov or call 540-338-7973

Bring your piece to:

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, VA 20132

Fees and Sales:

  • Entry fee is $20.00
  • Friends of Franklin Park Arts Center (FoFPAC) will take a 20% sales commission on any artwork sold
  • All artwork will be for sale
  • All artwork will remain on view throughout the exhibition period
  • Artists are responsible for paying their own sales tax
  • Packing and shipping of any sold artwork is the responsibility of the artist

Your entry fee and sales commissions go to support special projects and equipment for the arts center – thank you for your support!

Awards and Judging:

All pieces submitted to the show will be judged prior to the opening. The following prizes will be awarded:

  • Best in Show — $200.00
  • Friends Choice – $100
  • Most Seaworthy - $50
  • Honorable Mentions may also be awarded

Winning artwork may be photographed for possible publication in the media

Important Dates:

Now—July 20: Pre-registration; create!
July 20-21, 9am–5pm: Artwork submissions accepted
July 24: Exhibit opens
Sunday, July 26, 3-5pm: Reception for artists, Friends members and the public
August 23: Exhibit closes
August 24-25, 9am-5pm: Artists pick up unsold work

Questions?

Contact Elizabeth Bracey at Elizabeth.Bracey@loudoun.gov or 540-338-7973

We look forward to seeing your creative submissions.

Thank you!

— Visual Arts Committee, Friends of Franklin Park Arts Center