Call for 2019 art entries

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The Festival exhibits are open to artists who reside, work or belong to an art association in Essex County. In juried exhibits, artwork will be selected by judges with expertise and knowledge in their fields of judging. Awards will be distributed in each exhibit category.

We invite eligible artists to enter their original artwork in one or more exhibit categories described below. Youth and Student Art is open to Marblehead residents in public or private schools or art studio classes and nonresidents attending school or art studio classes in Marblehead.  

You may not be able to register AND PAY at the same location as dropoff - so just pre-register AND PAY here!

Due to the fact we will not be able to use Abbot Hall this year, the sites for registration and payment during dropoff will be very limited. 
If you pre-register and pay online you can simply drop off - quick and easy!
See below for more information about entering your art to this year's Festival.

Drop off dates are: 

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and

Thursday, June 27, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

 PLEASE REVIEW DROP OFF LOCATIONS SINCE SOME HAVE CHANGED FROM THE PREVIOUS YEARS.

Required for Registration: The following information is required when you register online or register at a kiosk during dropoff times.

  • Your name, address, phone number and email address

  • The exhibit category you are entering

  • The title of your artwork

  • The medium of your artwork

  • The price you would like to sell your artwork for (or "NFS" if not for sale)

  • Entry fee ($10.00/piece) - credit card for online payment; credit card, cash or check (payable to "Marblehead Festival of Arts") during dropoff hours; no fee for Youth and Students.

  • Read the 2019 Artist Agreement; you’ll be asked to confirm that you have read it.

    If you need assistance with online registration, please email exhibits@marbleheadfestival.org and we’ll be glad to help. Please include your phone number if you prefer to text or talk to a person.

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Painting

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Drop-off location: Grace Community Church - 17 Pleasant St

Registration and payment:  pre-register and pay online. OR go to St Michael’s Church or the Unitarian Universalist Church to register and pay before dropping off; please allow an extra hour if you do not pre-register.

Drop-off dates:  
Wednesday, June 26 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m 
Thursday June 27 2019 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m
                           

Number of entries: One (1)

A juried exhibit of original paintings in oil, acrylic, ink or watercolor. Work must be dry, framed or canvas-wrapped, wired (wire & clip frames excluded), and ready to hang. Size may not exceed 3’ 6” in any direction, including frame. Plexiglass is preferred to glass for large works of art.

To contact the co-chairs of this exhibit: 

painting@marbleheadfestival.org

Awards: Best of Show ($125), Outstanding Work ($50), Honorable Mention, People’s Choice Award, Special Award: Edward D. Carey Award


PrintMaking

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Drop-off location:            Unitarian Universalist Church - 28 Mugford Street

Registration and payment:  pre-register and pay online. OR allow an extra hour to register when you drop off.

Drop-off dates:  
Wednesday, June 26 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m 
Thursday June 27 2019 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m
   

Number of entries: Three (3)

Description: A juried exhibit of original prints in a variety of categories, such as etching, engraving, dry point, linoleum cuts and other relief forms, silk-screen, lithography, monoprints, woodcut and wood engraving and other forms of printmaking. All plates, screens or blocks must be the direct result of the artist’s work. Submissions must be framed, glassed, wired (wire & clip frames excluded) and ready to hang. Size may not exceed 3’6” in any direction, including frame.

To contact the co-chairs of this exhibit:  

Maggie Smist                                                            Printmaking@marbleheadfestival.org

Awards: Best of Show ($125), Outstanding Work ($50), Honorable Mention, People’s Choice Award  


Photography

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Drop-off location:      Old Town House, One Market Square

Registration and payment:  pre-register and pay online. OR go to St Michael’s Church or the Unitarian Universalist Church to register and pay before dropping off; please allow an extra hour if you do not pre-register.

Drop-off dates:  
Wednesday, June 26 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m 
Thursday June 27 2019 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m
                                  

Number of entries: Two (2)

Description: A juried exhibit of original photography created within the past three (3) years, in black-and-white or color. Work must be wood- or metal-framed and glassed or a canvas or metal print. All works must include a wire and be ready to hang. Excluded framing includes sawtooth hanger, spring clips, standing photo frames and pop-in frames. Size may not exceed 3’ 6” in any direction including frame.

To contact the co-chairs of this exhibit:

Stan & Sheila Rich                               photography@marbleheadfestival.org

Awards: Best of Show ($125), Outstanding Work ($50), Honorable Mention, People’s Choice Awards, Special Awards: Samuel Chamberlain Award, Photojournalism Award


Mixed Media

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Drop-off location: :   St. Michael’s Church - 26 Pleasant Street

Registration and payment:  pre-register and pay online. OR allow an extra hour to register when you drop off.

Drop-off dates:  
Wednesday, June 26 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m 
Thursday June 27 2019 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m
    

Number of entries: Two (2)       

Description: A juried exhibit of original artwork in two or more media in a single composition, using media such as paint, collage, drawing, image transfer, assemblage, papier-mache’, textiles, wax and found objectives. Pieces may be displayed as two-or three-dimensional surfaces. Appropriate bases and materials to hang artwork are to be supplied by the exhibiting artists. Art that requires electricity for viewing cannot be accepted. 

To contact the co-chairs of this exhibit:

Ted Tobey & Kailie Winkeller

mixedmedia@marbleheadfestival.org

Awards: Best of Show ($125), Outstanding Work ($50), Honorable Mention, People’s Choice Award, Special Award: Don Howard Award


Sculpture

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Drop-off location: St. Michael’s Church - 26 Pleasant St.

Registration and payment:  pre-register and pay online. OR allow an extra hour to register when you drop off.

Drop-off dates:  
Wednesday, June 26 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m 
Thursday June 27 2019 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m
  

Number of entries: Two (2)

Description: A juried exhibit of original three-dimensional sculptures encompassing all styles and genres. All works must be an appropriate size for display indoors. Bases and materials to hang or display artwork are to be supplied by the exhibiting artists.

To contact the co-chairs of this exhibit:

Vera Mourad & Lisa Fowler

sculpture@marbleheadfestival.org

Awards: Best of Show ($125), Outstanding Work ($50), Honorable Mention, People’s Choice Award, Special Award: Beverly Seamans Award


Digital Art

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Drop-off location:            St. Michael’s Church - 26 Pleasant Street

Registration and payment:  pre-register and pay online. OR allow an extra hour to register when you drop off.

Drop-off dates:  
Wednesday, June 26 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m 
Thursday June 27 2019 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m
  

Number of entries: One (1)

Description: A small-scale juried exhibit of original two-dimensional artwork in a variety of digital techniques that are not represented in other Festival exhibit categories. Work must be created and produced using digital technology. All graphics must be the direct result of the artist's work. Submissions must be framed and glassed or canvas-wrapped include a wire (wire & clip frames excluded) and be ready to hang. Size may not exceed 3'6" in any direction including frame. Art that requires electricity for viewing cannot be accepted.

To contact the co-chairs of this exhibit:

Ted Tobey & Kailie Winkeller

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Awards: Best of Show ($125), Outstanding Work ($50), Honorable Mention, People’s Choice Award


Youth & students

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Drop-off Location:  Information to follow

Drop-off dates:  Information to follow

 Number of entries:         One (1)

Description: Non-juried exhibits of original artwork comprising crafts, digital art, drawing, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, digital arts, and sculpture by Youth (preschool through Grade 4) and Students (Grades 5 -12). No kits allowed. All two-dimensional works must be matted, mounted or framed. Size may not exceed 3’ 6” in any direction including frame. All students in Marblehead public and private schools and in Marblehead art studio classes, must submit works through their teachers. Marblehead resident students who attend schools or art studio classes outside of Marblehead must drop off their own entries.

To contact the chairs of this exhibits:

Elaine Glass

youthandstudent@marbleheadfestival.org

Student Art Awards: Best of Show, Outstanding Work, Honorable Mention, People’s Choice Award; Awards for Youth Art: Ribbons for each entry. Special Awards: Debra and Jack Highberger Award; Nordia Kay Award


Painting the Town

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Drop-off location: Marblehead Arts Association - King Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper Street

DATE: Saturday, June 29, 2019 @ 9:00 am

Number of entries:  One (1)

Description: Plein air painters in Essex County are invited to join in Painting the Town - a one day event culminating in a judged exhibit. On Saturday, June 29th, at 9am, artists meet at the MAA, then select locations in town and paint scenes en plein air. Artists frame their works and submit them dry to the Festival at the MAA on Sunday morning, June 30th between 9 and 10am. The Artists Awards Ceremony will be Wednesday, July 3rd at Abbot Hall, upper grounds from 6 to 8pm.  The exhibit will continue at the MAA through the July member show.

To contact the co-chairs of these exhibits:

Jean Guastaferri and Peggy Farrell

PTT@marbleheadfestival.org

Awards: Best of Show: $125, Outstanding Work: $50, Honorable Mention, People's Choice Award


Crafts

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Drop-off location:    Old North Congregational Church - 35 Washington Street

Registration and payment:  pre-register and pay online. OR go to St Michael’s Church or the Unitarian Universalist Church to register and pay before dropping off; please allow an extra hour if you do not pre-register.

Drop-off dates:  
Wednesday, June 26 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m 
Thursday June 27 2019 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m
  

Number of entries: Three (3)

Description:  A juried exhibit of original handcrafts, traditional or contemporary in nature, that are both useful and decorative, such as calligraphy, quilts, textiles, furniture, jewelry, pottery and stained glass. No kits allowed. Calligraphy must be framed, glassed, wired (wire & clip frames excluded) and ready to hang. Size of two-dimensional artwork may not exceed 3’ 6” in any direction including frame. Jewelry should be mounted for display. Fragile and small items should be packed in labeled containers for protection before and after judging. Quilters must provide their own quilt stands.

To contact the co-chairs of this exhibit:

Barbara Rafferty & Holly Aloha Jaynes

crafts@marbleheadfestival.org

Awards: Best of Show ($125), Outstanding Work ($50), Honorable Mention, People's Choice Award


Drawings

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Drop-off location:     Unitarian Universalist Church- 28 Mugford Street

Registration and payment:  pre-register and pay online. OR allow an extra hour to register when you drop off.

Drop-off dates:  
Wednesday, June 26 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m 
Thursday June 27 2019 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m
                    

Number of entries: Three (3)

Description:  A juried exhibit of original drawings in pencil, pen and ink, charcoal, conte’ crayon, and other media. Works must be framed, glassed, wired (wire and clip frames excluded) and ready to hang. Size may not exceed 3’6” in any direction.

To contact the co-chairs of this exhibit:

Maggie Smist

drawing@marbleheadfestival.org

Awards: Best of Show ($125), Outstanding Work ($50), Honorable Mention, People’s Choice Award, Special Award: Lee R. Smith Award


Senior Art

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Drop-off location:     Unitarian Universalist Church - 28 Mugford Street

Registration and payment:  pre-register and pay online. OR allow an extra hour to register when you drop off.

Drop-off dates:  
Wednesday, June 26 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m 
Thursday June 27 2019 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m
        

Number of entries: One (1)

Description: A non-juried exhibit of original artwork comprising crafts, digital art, drawing, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture by persons 65 years of age or older. No kits allowed. Work must conform to the framing and/or presentation requirements specified in the other corresponding Festival exhibit (e.g. crafts entered in Senior Art should adhere to the crafts Exhibits specifications). Size of 2D artwork may not exceed 3’ 6” in any direction including frame.

To contact the chairs of this exhibit:

Barbara Naeser, Jack Karas & Anne Lyness

seniorart@marbleheadfestival.org

Awards: Best of Show ($125), Outstanding Work ($50), Honorable Mention, People’s Choice Award, Special Awards: Louise Remick Brown Award, Bob and Ruth Sinclair Award

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GENERAL INFORMATION

All artwork must be submitted ready to be displayed. Because volunteers are responsible for handling and transporting artwork, exhibit chairs may use their discretion when determining whether artwork is too heavy for submission. Please contact Exhibit Chairs if you have a question about the weight of your art.

Judging will take place on Saturday, June 29, 2019.

Accepted work will be displayed July 4 – July 7, 2019 and may not be removed before 4:00 pm on July 7, 2019. No exceptions will be made.

Accepted and non-accepted work pick-up: Monday, July 8, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
* We will be holding non-accepted art work until the end of the festival (this different from previous years).

Artwork not picked up within 60 days after the close of the Festival shall become the property of the Marblehead Festival of Arts, Inc.

Awards Ceremony: Wednesday, July 3, 6:00 – 8:00 pm - Abbott Hall, Upper Grounds

Liability: Artwork will be openly displayed in buildings, in areas open to the public. It is recommended that all artists insure their own works for the duration of the exhibition. The Marblehead Festival of Arts, Inc. (MFoA) is not responsible in any way for the loss, damage, disappearance, or harm of any kind to the works of art. Delivery of the works to MFoA constitutes an express waiver, release and discharge of all claims, actions, or causes of action against the harm of any kind to the works of art.

Sales: The Marblehead Festival of Arts, Inc. will receive a 30% commission on any sales. All work for sale must be sold as displayed and may not be removed by the purchaser before the close of the Festival at 4PM Sunday, July 7, 2019.