2008-01-17 / News

Town Hall gallery to open with island artwork

The Conanicut Island Art Association is looking for entries for the first all-island art show in the new Town Hall gallery. Island artists are invited to add their personal touch to the building by hanging their favorite artwork in the inaugural show, "Art in the Heart of Jamestown." Artwork will be hung in the public areas of the Town Hall.

Everyone is welcome to help celebrate with an opening reception on Thursday, Jan. 31, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

CIAA President Karen Krider said, "Our plans are guided by the decision, made by the board, that the exhibition of work in our new Town Hall should reflect the quality of work produced by Jamestown artists. Decisions about what to show should always be by and for the benefit of the Jamestown community. We hope to involve as many people as possible and, with art openings, help make the new Town Hall a place of celebration, gathering, and enjoyment."

Work can be dropped off at the Town Hall on Monday, Jan. 28, from 4 to 8 p.m., or Tuesday, Jan. 29, from noon to 3 p.m.

There is no show entry fee. Every resident of Jamestown may enter the show, either by being or becoming a member of the Conanicut Island Art Association. The cost of an individual membership is $20. New CIAA members may join when they drop off their artwork.

The rules for entering artwork are as follows: One original piece, made by the artist, in any medium, may be entered. All pieces must be suitably framed with wires and ready to hang. Pieces with saw-tooth hangers, clips, unprotected glass edges, or wet paint will not be accepted. Framed artwork must not exceed 48 inches in any direction, and must not exceed 50 pounds. No reproductions of original artwork are permitted. At this time, the Town Hall gallery is not able to accommodate sculpture or other three-dimensional artwork. However, to hang a small, wallhung sculpture, contact Don Miller or Wendy Crooks.

For this show, artwork does not need to be for sale and awards will not be given. The CIAA will take a 20-percent commission on all works sold. Commissions from all shows will be shared with the town. Although the new art hanging system is designed to protect the newly-painted walls and the artwork, the CIAA cannot take responsibility for lost or damaged artwork.

The CIAA must reserve the right to refuse to show submitted work. Artwork should be suitable for viewing by all age groups and must remain in the Town Hall for the duration of the show.

Artwork should be picked up at the Town Hall on March 28, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Volunteers are needed to help with artwork drop-off and pick up. For more information or to volunteer, contact Miller at 423- 0612 or Crooks at 423-0993.

The Gallery will be open daily during normal town business hours. The CIAA asks gallery visitors to be considerate of the Town Hall staff, who are sharing their workspace with the CIAA's gallery activity.

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