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Posted by Rowayton Arts Center | Rowayton
The Rowayton Arts Center (RAC) will review artwork by local artists who wish to become exhibiting members January 24, 2020. Artists should bring items for consideration to the gallery on Thursday, January 23 from 12 to 5 pm. The artist selection will take place on Friday, January 24 with notifications sent to accepted artists. Artists should plan on picking up their artwork on Saturday, January 25 from 10 am to 1 pm.
See the full Exhibiting Member Prospectus rowaytonarts.org/prospectuses. Benefits for RAC Exhibiting Artists include 10% discount on each item priced at $100 or more, entry into the Holiday Gift Show as well as the open juried exhibitions and members-only exhibitions. There is also the opportunity to participate in off-site shows and to have the artist’s information displayed in the Exhibiting Artists Online Gallery on the RAC website (fee required).
RAC celebrates the study, creation and appreciation of the arts through classes, exhibitions and events open to all in the community. For almost 60 years, the RAC has been a cultural gem in the Norwalk community. It is an exceptional gallery where regional artists may exhibit and sell their art, as well as a wonderful venue for art workshops and classes. The Art School offers classes to children and adults at all levels. The RAC Gallery and Art School overlooks the scenic Five Mile River in Rowayton, CT at 145 Rowayton Avenue. For more information, please visit rowaytonarts.org and follow @rowaytonarts.
Posted by Chris Perry | Ridgefield
The Ridgefield Guild of Artists
10th Annual Juried Member Show
March 21 to April 26, 2020
Juror: Adrienne Ruger Conzelman
The show is open to all Ridgefield Guild of Artists members age 16 and older. Artists may submit up to 5 works.
Please submit your entries online through www.Entrythingy.com.
Any questions can be directed by email to: email@example.com
Fees are $20 for the first entry and $10 for each additional piece up to 5, payable by credit card via EntryThingy. Fees are nonrefundable and payable to RGA. Non-members may join prior to submitting their entries by going to https://rgoa.org/join-renew/. Anyone who submits without being a member in good standing will be asked to join or renew, no refunds will be issued.
• Deadline to apply online through EntryThingy.com: Saturday, February 29 at 11:59 pm
• Notification of Accepted Works will be posted by Friday, March 6 via our website by 9pm: www.rgoa.org.
• Drop-off of Accepted Works: Friday, March 13, 2–4pm and Saturday, March 14, 2–4 pm
• Opening Reception: Saturday, March 21, 4 – 6 pm
• Final View and closing: Sunday, April 26, 2 - 4. Work may be picked up from 4 – 6.
• Pick-up of unsold work*: Monday, April 27 from 2-4 and Tuesday, April 28 from 5 -7.
• *All work must be picked up during regular pick-up hours. A $20 late fee will be applied for work left after regular pick up times. NO EXCEPTIONS. If you cannot make these pick-up times, please make arrangements with a friend or family member to pick up your work for you within the time frames given. The Guild cannot be responsible for work left behind.
Check the website for all entering criteria.
Posted by Darien Arts Center | DARIEN
The Darien Arts Center is announcing the return of its annual smartphone photo contest, Pic Darien, which will be accepting entries at darienarts.org through February 29th. Adults (18 and up) and Students (17 and under) may submit their smartphone photos for cash prizes in 10 categories: Darien Bicentennial; Landscapes; Seascapes; People; Pets; Sports; Architecture; Food and Drink; Abstract; and Nature & Flora. The contest is open to all; there are no age restrictions and contestants are not required to live in Darien. Winners will be notified in April and all entries will be showcased in the 2020 Pic Darien slideshow. The Darien Arts Center is located at 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Darien Town Hall. Pictured is a first place photo taken by Meg Schwanhausser of Rowayton. To find out more about the Pic Darien Smartphone Photo Contest, visit darienarts.org or call (203) 655-8683.
Lead sponsors of the Darien Arts Center are Baywater Properties, DR Bank and Stamford Ford Lincoln.
Posted by Nancy Breakstone | Norwalk
A small piece of work can be more impactful than a large one. Open to any theme with the piece being no larger than 14 inches x 16 inches, including frame. Go to www.entrythingy.com for the prospectus and to enter.
Posted by Milford Arts Council | Milford
RFP: “Meet Me at the Bench” DECD 2020 Project Grant / Milford Arts Council / 12.11.2019
Creative re-imagination of the ‘park bench’ as an artistic and community experience. There will be 6 approved “benches”, which will be installed throughout downtown Milford on pre-existing city slabs. These works may be designed and fabricated by individuals or teams; including: craftsmen, engineers, architects, woodworkers, metal fabricators, masons, tile-layers or artists (henceforth called “the creative”). These works must be sustainable with little or no upkeep for at least 3-5 years; withstanding exposure to the elements and daily public use. They must also include approved manner of joinery for installation to concrete slab.
Each of the 6 “benches” will illustrate a different theme of community. Themes may include:
Playfulness (ie: incorporating movement such as a see-saw)
Reflection (ie: using riveted sheet metal or other mirrored material)
Diversity (ie: mosaic pattern of colored tiles or inlaid species of wood)
History (ie: evoking sailing, oystering, etc. and a visit to the Historical Society may offer inspiration)
Kindness (ie: symbols, a feeling of being embraced, or space for interactive acts, like kindness rocks left and exchanged by/for individuals)
Friendship/Inclusion (ie: conversation via inclusion of inspirational quotes or words in the design, or a curved design creating a conversation space)
Mindfulness (ie: through material choice or use; recycling/repurposing )
Resourcefulness (ie: there may be flood-zone issues with sites; material choice or extra water-proof design element could be key)
*NOTE: These are directional suggestions. Public art inspirations are also provided.
Must be seating for 2 or more people, it’s a bench, not a chair - or throne
Typical height of seat is 16-18”, depth of seat 15-17”, width of seat (minimum) 45”
This is not a call to paint or simply decorate an existing bench
Shape, design and material is decided by the creative individual or team
Should include a title or individual narrative for the work
Possible avenues for donated supplies or materials is at the discretion and responsibility of the creative
The creative should include an estimate in their presentation for all material costs, labor and delivery of finished bench, while acknowledging it will be inclusive of the award by the project committee
The awards will be given to the individual or team who:
best fits one or more of the listed themes
demonstrates excellence in design and craft
Includes a plan for/explains maintenance sustainability in the elements
Includes a plan of joinery for installation
Anticipated Selection Schedule:
Deadline for digital (and hard-copy) design proposals is Friday, February 21st, 2020 at midnight (digital), or delivered to MAC offices by 5PM (hard-copy)
Committee will review for selection of finalists
Committee may ask questions or request changes (before) February 28th
Interviews, if needed - or requested, may be conducted before March 6th
Selected final proposals will be awarded on Thursday, March 26th
Time and Place of Submission of Proposals
Creatives may submit questions until Wednesday, January 22nd
Digital proposals accepted until Friday, February 21st
Designs for specific site may be reviewed, BUT final selection of design and site remain that of the committee
Request to submit hard-copy designs and material samples must be made by February 7th and delivered to MAC offices before Friday, February 21st at 5PM
Questions and or changes to designs may be requested by the committee before February 28th
December 13th: RFP is released
January 22nd: deadline for questions by creatives
February 21st: deadline for digital proposals (or hard-copy, with permission)
March 26th: (up to) 6 final projects will be awarded by the committee
March 27th-August 31st: 4-5 month (rolling) fabrication window
August/September/October: ‘Meet Me at the Bench’ installations and ceremony/event (1-2/month)
Elements of Proposal
Name of individual and all subcontractors or team members
Resume and referrals
Detailed drawing to scale or blueprint of proposal
Plan for 3-5 years of low/maintenance free sustainability and ability of creative to avail themselves for maintenance for unforeseen damage, wear and tear.
Plan for manner of city installation (*Public Works will approve proposals)
Material(s) to be used. Please provide sample (for final proposal, if selected)
A full-color mock-up
Photos of any examples of similar work or style, you must exhibit expertise and technical skills to meet the standard of excellence presented in your design
Title of bench
Personal narrative of project (*optional, but suggested)
Estimated cost of project; must include labor, materials and delivery
Requested or estimated time (or schedule) for fabrication
The committee will award the winning designs based on presentation, design, alignment to project theme(s) and estimate versus grant budget allotment.
$500-$5000 per bench; total available funds for all six benches is @ $14,400.
Creative does not provide proof of technical skill-set or experience
Estimate of cost is not reachable or flexible based upon the limitations of the grant funds and matching sponsors
Time-line cannot not be met
Creative does not provide proof of plan for maintenance sustainability
The City cannot provide proper installation due to design or materials
Failure to plan for delivery of project to site
James Maroney, State Senator
Bryan Anderson, Milford Alderman
Christine Angeli, Director Milford Public Library
Jennifer Paradis, Director BethEl Center
Tracy Bonosconi, owner LOVET Shop and DMBA Chair
Carol Kuryla, Metro Star Marketing Director
Nell Moll, Milford Regional Chamber of Commerce
Curran Bishop, Pastor, Christ Presbyterian Church
Bill Bevan, Milford Alderman & Parks Commissioner
Brec Morgan, local Artist and Muralist
George Amato, local Artist and founding MAC Board Member
Arthur Stowe, Milford Historical Society
Paige Miglio, MAC Executive Director and “Meet me at the Bench” project manager
Please contact Paige Miglio at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203.878.6647
Digital proposals may be emailed to email@example.com anytime before Friday, February 21st at midnight (*By permission ONLY: hard-copy submissions or material sample, before February 21st, 5PM) . Creatives will be contacted on or before February 28th if selected for the next stage of the process.
Posted by Admin | Stamford
Understanding that one of the most critical and limiting components in an artist’s career is being able to afford space to create, the Clementina Arts Foundation started SPROUTING SPACES to help artists land studio space in commercial vacancies—FOR FREE!
The 2020 residency will be located in Downtown Stamford, Connecticut. The selected artist will have access to a 2,000ft studio to create freely and expand their work both conceptually and physically.
The 2020 application will be open 1/1/2020-2/8/2020.
The selected artist will be given keys to their studio on March 1st for a six month residency.
For more information about Sprouting Spaces, please visit: https://www.clementinaarts.org
Posted by Admin | Southport
Set your ovens to Fahrenheit 451! Pequot Library is seeking submissions for its first Edible Book Festival!
Moby Duck? The Communist Antipasto? Anything is possible. Punsters, this is your time to shine.
What’s an edible book? Simply put, it’s anything made of food and inspired by a book. We want family-friendly creations that will be a feast for the eyes — the punnier, the better! Imagine The Lord of the Onion Rings, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nut Thing, Much Ado About Muffin, and Ivanhoagie. Your creation can be as simple or elaborate as you like.
Create an edible book: Register online by January 31.
$8 registration fee. Submit your entry in one of two categories: individual or group. Winners will receive a $25 gift certificate from The Pantry in Fairfield. Drop off: Bring your creation to Pequot Library on Friday, January 31 between 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Enjoy the Festival: See all the edible books on display, vote for your favorites to win, and celebrate Take Your Child to the Library Day on Saturday, February 1.
Get inspired. From the simple to the elaborate to the pun-tastic, anything goes!
Contact Name: Front Desk
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Phone: 203-259-0346
Posted by Chris Perry | Ridgefield
We’re starting off 2020 with a new attitude and ask our members to share your “compassion” through your artwork in our first exhibition of the new year. In these times of high anxiety and extreme tribalism, let’s try a little caring and understanding. Consider artwork that speaks to a kinder, gentler world. Let’s get back to that golden rule: treat others as you’d like them to treat you. Join us. Let’s express it through our artwork.
This show is open to all members, you may join when you drop off your work.
Receiving: Friday, January 10, 12 – 4pm and Saturday, January 11, 12 – 4pm, (Snow date: Sunday, January 12, 12 – 4pm).
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 18, 4 – 6pm (Snow date: Sunday, January 12, 4 – 6pm).
Last View and Walk & Talk: Sunday, February 16, 2 – 4pm
Closing Day Pick-up: Sunday, February 16 at 4pm.
Pick-up of all unsold work*: Monday, February 17, 2 – 4pm and Tuesday, February 18, 4 – 6pm (Snow day Wednesday, February 19, 4 – 6pm).
*All work must be picked up during regular pick-up hours or a $20 late fee will be applied. NO EXCEPTIONS. If you cannot make these pick-up times, please make arrangements with a friend or family member to pick up your work for you within the time frames given. The Guild cannot be responsible for works left behind.
The Guild’s 3-part entry forms will be available to fill out when you bring your work for receiving. The show is open to all Ridgefield Guild of Artists members age 16 and older. Non-members may join when they drop off work for submission. Artists may submit up to 2 works. Fees are $15 for first entry and $10 for second entries, payable by cash, check, or credit card. Fees are nonrefundable and payable to RGA.
All artwork must be for sale. Be sure your prices are correct, there will be no changes made after acceptance.
Work can be up to 52 x 52 inches, including the frame. Diptychs and Triptychs must be within the 52” x 52” restriction when assembled. They are sold as one piece unless artist pays a fee for each separate piece.
Wall-hung work must be wired and ready for hanging unless there is an artistic reason to use another method. Saw-tooth hangers are not allowed, and all work must be secure in the frame. Any piece that has a loose frame, falling artwork within the frame, insufficient numbers of fasteners to secure the artwork within the frame, an improper or insecure method of attaching the wire, or any other non-professional presentation will not be accepted. Sculpture must be fully assembled and secured to a stable base and weigh no more than 150lbs.
Recent pieces please! Work should have been created no earlier than 2015. Work already shown at the Guild will not be eligible.
All work must be dry and we will check to insure this. It will not be accepted.
Be sure your information is correct at the time of delivery and registering. Changes will not be allowed after the fact.
All work must be delivered within the drop-off time period. No work will be accepted after the time period is over.
All work must remain for the duration of the show. No work may be removed for any reason before the closing.
At the end of the show all work must be picked-up during the stated time periods. Any work left at the Guild after pick-up has ended is subject to a $20 storage fee. If the artist cannot pick up, we will allow someone else to do it with the artist’s permission.
Sales & Indemnity
All works must be for sale. Guild retains a 40% commission on all sales. Sale of any work that has hung in the gallery as a part of this exhibition must be processed through the Guild for a period of 60 days following the conclusion of the show if the buyer saw the work during the exhibition.
The Ridgefield Guild of Artists will take the greatest possible care of all submitted works but will not be responsible for any damage to or loss of work submitted, exhibited, or left unclaimed.