January 2010, the city of New Bern will begin its year-long 300th Anniversary Celebration.
During the month of May 2010, New Bern Artworks & Company will have an exhibit of 300 paintings done “en plein aire” to artistically celebrate the city’s anniversary. The exhibit will be advertised statewide as an event related to the tercentennial celebration and we expect substantial gallery traffic and sales. The opening reception will coincide with the May 2010 New Bern Artwalk evening and all pieces on display will be for sale.
This exhibit is open to all artists. Paintings must be painted within the New Bern city limits, be completed between September 2009 and April 2010, and be hand delivered to the gallery before Friday, April 9, 2010. No work will be accepted after this date. The exhibit will be limited to 300 paintings. Similar to last year’s successful plein aire exhibit, Martha Williams, founder of Artworks, will oversee the jury process. Paintings not accepted for the exhibit must be picked up by April 23.
New Bern Artworks & Company is not a large gallery so we ask that paintings be no larger than 11” x 14” or 154 square inches, with smaller being better. In order to use as little wall space per piece as possible the paintings should be unframed, and to maintain some uniformity, the sides should be painted black. The gallery usually has about 110 paintings on display so the visual impact of 300 paintings should be memorable.
The original concept for Artworks was a gallery where the paintable surface was a wooden box and a majority of the work currently on display is done in that manner. The box format allows the participation of most mediums with watercolor, pastel and colored pencil being completed on the appropriate surface which is then adhered to the box. There are many examples in the gallery.
The gallery has on hand a supply of standard sized boxes and will offer them at a discount to participating artists (please mention when visiting the gallery).
Additional information :
New Bern Artworks & Company
323B Middle Street, New Bern, NC
Contact: John Hanley 252 675-3834(cell)