Thursday, November 15, 2012
Are you a photographer – amateur or professional? Would you like the opportunity to have your work hanging in Summerville Town Hall over the holidays and well into the New Year? How about the chance to sell your work?
If your answer to any or all of the above questions is “yes,” then you should enter the upcoming Juried Photo Show and Sale sponsored by the Cultural Arts Alliance (CAA). Photo intake is Friday, November 30, from 3-7 p.m. Judging takes place the weekend of Nov. 30. The show will be hung Monday, December 3, and will open Tuesday. December 4. A reception will be held at Town Hall on Thursday, December 6; from 5 -7 p.m. DREAM gift certificates are prizes for the winners. The show continues until Friday, February 8. Artists whose work was not accepted can pick up their photos at Town Hall Monday, December 3, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
To be eligible to enter this juried show, you must be 18 years of age and reside in Dorchester County, within the town limits of Summerville, and/or in adjoining communities. All work should be a minimum of 8 by 10”, framed and wired, ready to hang.
Contracts with all the requirement details are available at Finishing Touch, People, Places and Quilts, and Town Hall, all located on Richardson Avenue. You can also get the contract from the website: townhallartshow.com. The entry fee is $10 per piece. Artists who want to sell their work will have the price placed with the photo. A CAA representative will arrange to contact artists with requests for purchase. The Alliance receives 10% of the purchase price.
This is the third Photography Show sponsored by the CAA which has also put on shows for painting and for quilts. The current event is being coordinated by Jane Orenstein, Meg Skow and John Lindroth. The latter, a photographer himself, created the advertising posters. Jane, who chaired the first meeting to establish the CAA, also suggested the Town Hall Art Shows as a way to display local talent to as many people as possible. Most exhibits hang for two or more months, and provide opportunities for various cultural groups to add to reception festivities, such as background musicians and writers, who displayed themed poems for a Quilt Show.
There is solid historic precedent for cultural arts in Town Hall. The building which stood on this site from 1892 to 1965 was a hub of cultural arts in the last century. It provided the venue for traveling “entertainments,” including plays and what used to be referred to as “musicales.” It was also the background for flower shows and other exhibitions.
In April student artists were honored. The CAA exhibited the best of student art in Dorchester District II. Meg, who teaches at the Rollings Middle School of the Arts, explained that one piece of art is chosen from each school and that work hangs in the board room for a year, then hangs in the district office for a year, and finally comes back to the individual schools for their permanent collection.
“The CAA was able to extend this display for Town Hall exhibition and introduce the general public to the quality of work in our arts students,” she said.