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The Festival exhibit registration is open online NOW -- 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.  

Below is information on how to REGISTER, SUBMISSION INFORMATION BY GENRE, GENERAL INFORMATION, ASK A QUESTION

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Online registration opens in early April and makes drop off quick and easy!

We encourage you to register in advance online!

See below for more information about entering your art to this year's Festival.

Drop off dates are: Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 9AM to 12PM and Thursday, May 24, 6 - 8PM

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Drop-off locations are listed below with each exhibit category.

Required for Registration: The following information is required when you REGISTER ONLINE EITHER IN ADVANCE OR AT DROP-OFF (for each art entry).

  • Your name, address, phone number and email address
  • The exhibit category you are entering
  • The title of your art work
  • 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, cash or check (payable to "Marblehead Festival of Arts"); no fee for Youth and Students.
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PLEASE READ THE 2018 ARTIST AGREEMENT

BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR ART........

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Painting

Drop-off location:   Abbot Hall, 188 Washington Street

Drop-off dates:       Saturday, May 19, 9AM-12PM and Thursday, May 24, 6-8PM                              

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.

Co-chairs: Rebecca Anderson & Maryanne Polanski  

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

 

Printmaking

Drop-off location:      Abbot Hall, 188 Washington Street

Drop-off dates:           Saturday, May 19, 9AM – 12PM and Thursday, May 24, 6-8PM    

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 print making. All plates, screens or blocks must be the direct result of the artists 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.

Co-chairs:  Maggie Smist & Linda Herrmann  

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

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Photography

Drop-off location:       Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St.

Drop-off dates:           Saturday, May 19,   9AM –12PM and Thursday, May 24,   6-8PM                                     

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.

Co-chairs: Stan & Sheila Rich 

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

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Mixed media

Drop-off location:    Abbot Hall, 188 Washington Street

Drop-off dates:        Saturday, May 19, 2018, 9AM – 12PM and Thursday, May 24, 2018 6-8PM   

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 tactile 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. 

Co-chairs: Ted Tobey & Kailie Winkeller 

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

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sculpture

Drop-off location:     Abbot Hall, 188 Washington Street

Drop-off dates:         Saturday, May 19, 9AM-12PM and Thursday, May 24, 6-8PM          

Number of entries: Two (2)

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

Co-chairs: Vera Mourad & Maia Yulov 

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

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digital art (NEW EXHIBIT)

Drop-off location:    Abbot Hall, 188 Washington Street

Drop-off dates:         Saturday, May 19,  9AM –12PM and Thursday, May 24, 6-8PM

Number of entries: One (1)

Description: A new, 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.

Co-chairs: Ted Tobey & Kailie Winkeller 

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Youth & students

Drop-off Location:  Old North Church, 35 Washington St

Drop-off dates:        Monday,  June 11, 3-6 PM and Tuesday, June 12, 3-6 PM

 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.

Co-chairs: Sacha O’Flynn & Rebecca Purchase 

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 an Jack Highberger Award; Nordia Kay Award

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Painting the Town

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

DATES: Friday, June 29th 9AM

Number of entries:  One (1)

Description:  Plein air painters in Essex County are invited to join in Painting the Town - a on day event culminating in a judged exhibit. On Friday, June 29th,9 AM. artists meet for  breakfast then select locations in town and paint scenes en plein air. Artists frame their works and submit them to the Festival at the MAA before 5p.m. on Friday or by Saturday morning, June 30th between 9 and 10 a.m.  Show hanging is at 10 a.m.  The Artists Reception and Awards Ceremony will be Sunday, July 1 at 2 p.m.  The exhibit will continue at the MAA through the July member show.

Co-chairs: Jean Guastaferri and Peggy Farrell 

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

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Crafts

Drop-off location:    Abbot Hall, 188 Washington Street

Drop-off dates:         Saturday, May 19,  9AM – 12PM and Thursday, May 24, 6-8PM                    

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.

Co-chairs: Barbara Rafferty & Holly Aloha Jaynes  

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

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Drawings

Drop-off location:       Abbot Hall, 188 Washington Street

Drop-off dates:            Saturday, May 19,  9AM – 12PM and Thursday, May 24,  6-8PM      

Number of entries: Three (3)

Description:  A juried exhibit of original drawings in pencil, pen and ink, charcoal, conte’ crayon, digital art 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.

Co-chairs: Maggie Smist & Linda Hermann  

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

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Senior Art

Drop-off location: Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St.

Drop-off dates:     Saturday, May 19, 9AM – 12PM and Thursday, May 24, 6-8PM           

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, respectfully (e.g. crafts entered in Senior Art should adhere to the crafts Exhibits specifications). Size may not exceed 3’6” in any direction including frame.

Co- chairs: Barbara Naeser, Jack Karas & Anne Lyness  

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

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IMPORTANT GENERAL INFORMATION (PLEASE READ)

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 2, 2018.

Accepted artwork will be displayed June 30 - July 4, 2018 and may not removed before 4 PM on July 4, 2018. No exception will be made.

Accepted work pick up: Wednesday, July 4, 2018 4 - 5 PM

                                     Thursday, July 5, 2018 6 - 8 PM

Non-accepted artwork pick-up: Saturday, June 9, 2018 9 AM - 12 PM

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: Friday, June 29th, 2018 6 PM, Abbot 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 nay 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.

 QUESTIONS? ....Contact Exhibit Directors via Form below - Katie Alexander and Kim Belf

QUESTIONS? ....Contact Exhibit Directors via Form below - Katie Alexander and Kim Belf

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