Friday, April 8, 2016

2016 Acushnet Art Week Show

Acushnet artists and craft-makers are invited to exhibit new work to the public at this annual art show held each year.

Original work is especially encouraged, as well as work not previously shown at this event. There is NO entry fee. Prizes are awarded in each art category.

By entering your work, you support your fellow artists, the town of Acushnet, and those who delight in viewing the work of others. It’s not about winning, it’s about celebrating the arts!

The 57th Annual Acushnet Massachusetts Art Week Show will be held on June 4 & 5, 2016

PLACE: Acushnet Council on Aging, 59 1/2 Main Street, Acushnet, MA

• Friday, June 3, 2016 from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, June 4 from 9-12 a.m.

Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 2-8 p.m., Sunday, June 5, 2016 from 1-5 p.m.

 Reception and award ceremony: In addition to the viewing, a public reception will be held at the conclusion of the show. Prizes will be awarded at 4:00 p.m. Donations of finger foods would be welcomed. Call Diana Couto at 508-995-4238 a week prior for more info if you’d like to contribute.

Sunday, June 5, 2016, 5-6 p.m.
NO work may be picked up early or left in the building after the pick-up time unless previous arrangements have been made with contact person Dianna Couto (508-995-4238). 

ELIGIBILITY: Any ACUSHNET RESIDENT, 16 years or older. Beginners welcome. If you know any artists or crafters, please encourage them to enter.

There are 5 separate categories:
1. Watercolor
2. Oil & Acrylic
3. Photography
4. Mixed Category (pastels, theorem, pencil, colored pencil, pen & ink, collage, mixed media, air brush)
5. Crafts

(NOTE: A solo entry with no other competitors will be combined into another category)

You may bring up to 5 pieces and all may be hung, space permitting. Hanging/categorizing is at the discretion of the art show committee/curators. All work to be hung must be framed properly with wire, ready to hang (NO sawtooth hangers). Wide sided canvas does not need to be frames. Photos of paintings cannot be accepted.

CRAFTS: Includes ceramics, wood carving, fine jewelry, sculpture, painting on wood or metals, etc. You may bring up to 4 items, more may be accepted space permitting. Small items such as jewelry or miniatures must be cased and count as one item. All items must fit on a table top due to limited display space. Exhibiting/categorizing will be at the discretion of the art show committee.

COMMISSIONS and SALES: The committee takes no commissions on sales, and you may sell or just show any item. Any items sold should remain on display until the end of the show.

LIABILITY: The committee will take good care of the work you have invested so much time in, but we can’t assume any responsibility.

AWARDS: Thanks to a grant from the Acushnet Cultural Council, the following prizes are awarded in each category:
• First Place: $25 and award ribbon
• Second Place: $15 and award ribbon
• Third Place: $10 and award ribbon
• Honorable Mention: award ribbon

A guest judge (TBA) will decide on awards.

POPULAR VOTE AWARD: Everyone attending may cast one vote only for their favorite work from combined Media categories (1-4) and one vote in the Craft category. The popular vote ends at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.  One Popular Vote Award of $25 and award ribbon will be given in the combined Media categories and one $25 prize and award ribbon will be given in the Craft category.

Every year a featured artist is recognized with a special exhibit of his or her work. This year's exhibit will feature the works of Otis Tripp.

Each year, student art award winners from the Ford Middle School in Acushnet also exhibit work under the direction of art teacher Kristine Daniels.

RAFFLE: 2016 prizes TBA. Ticket prices are $2 each or 7 for $5. All proceeds go toward the Acushnet Art Show expenses.

GRATITUDE:  Coffee donated by Dunkin' Donuts of Acushnet.

DEMONSTRATIONS: Exhibitors may demonstrate the production of their craft or art form during show hours. This is a chance to create added interest and knowledge for those attending. If you want to participate, each demonstration would run for an hour or two. Call Dianna Couto (508-995-4238) if interested in being put on the schedule, any time during the public viewing hours.

Please help us SPREAD THE WORD: If you know an artist who is new in town or new to creating art or crafting, please contact Dianna at 508-995-4238 and the committee will send an informational letter about the show. (Provide the artist’s current name, address, phone number and email address. Please speak clearly and spell out the name if leaving a message.) You don't need to be an artist to be on this committee-- just be interested in art.

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