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"The Sixth Annual Poetography Collaboration": August-October, 2014 Exhibit
"Water, Water Everywhere"
Artists' reception: Saturday, March 1, 5:30-7:30pm
Michelle Wegler and Cheryl LeClair-Sommer are two artists who paint landscapes while standing in them, or en plein air. The two will display their pastels and oils in their “Water, Water Everywhere,” exhibit at Crossings from Feb. 17 through March 26.
Both artists say they enjoy painting outdoors and that doing so lends something special to their work.
“Painting outdoors increases the ability of an artist to be aware of the subtle changes in light and color. Working outdoors requires each artist to adapt to each situation quickly,” Wegler said. She has painted outdoors in a blizzard, under pavilions in cold rain, in foggy conditions near Lake Superior, under brilliant sunlight, and as the sun sets into the darkness.
Wegler prefers to use pastels because they encompass aspects of drawing and painting, with “luscious color.”
LeClair-Sommer says that working en plein air connects her with her subject matter.
“Working on location allows me to experience and try to capture the spontaneous and fleeting moment in time. In painting landscapes outdoors, I seek to share my sense of communion with the earth and its ancient pace of change,” she said. “My subject matter has mainly consisted of landscapes, which is an image where the artist is the dominant subject matter, though unseen.”
Wegler said one of her goals is to capture images that quicken her heart.
“I’m always delighted when I see people respond with the wash of joy, happiness, or memories that fills them when they are touched by a painting that I have created.”
LeClair-Sommer strives always to improve her artistic sensitivity to her subject.
“My act of creation shows an intimate record of one human’s very average life to peek through to that whisper just beneath the surface. In some way, my art is a sort of self-reflection and a longing to make an eternal mark.”
Both artists are affiliated with associations including Lake Country Pastel Society, Outdoor Painters of Minnesota and the Grand Marais Art Colony, which hosts a plein air competition that draws artists from across the country.
Our Thirteenth Annual
CALL FOR POETS & ARTISTS:
Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.
In honor of National Poetry Month in April, Crossings at Carnegie (Zumbrota, MN) invites poets and artists to submit their work to the thirteenth Poet-Artist Collaboration, an annual exhibit in which artists create work inspired by poetry.
• Submitted poems should list the author’s name on the back of each page.
• Entries should be accompanied by a $15 entry fee.
This special event will feature the poets reading and discussing their work, and the artists discussing how the poems inspired their art. It is not only an opportunity for the poets and artists to meet each other, but an unforgettable evening of camaraderie for all those who love the arts!
Is your picture is worth thoughtful words? Can a photograph awaken your poetry muse? Crossings is looking for photographs that evoke poetry, and poets to write the poems, for its sixth Poetography exhibit August 18 to October 4, 2014. This juried exhibition will feature original photographs paired with poems they inspire.
Guidelines for Photographers
Photographs may be color or black and white. Both film and digital photographs are acceptable. Some manipulation of the image is acceptable but images must remain in the genre photography. All works must be the original works of the photographer and must be for sale.
Guidelines for Poets
Are you an artist seeking a venue for selling your works? We may be the right place for you. Whether you are an emerging artist or a long-established professional, we welcome your inquiry. You may email us with at least five images of your work, along with an artist bio or statement, and a website address if you have one. Or you may contact us to set up another means to submit pieces for our jury to consider.
Crossings always welcomes new art and artists to our space. We most frequently showcase the talents of regional artists, but we have exhibited works by artists from around the Country and even overseas.
We display and sell paintings, pastels, prints, glasswork, beadwork, felted and fabric pieces, fiber art, ceramics, metalwork, woodcraft, sculptures and more. Our gallery and gift shop are an eclectic mix of whimsical meets magical, poignant meets sassy.
There are several points of entry into our gallery space. Crossings sponsors several themed group exhibits during the year, with entry fees ranging from $5 to $15. Every Spring and Fall, art fairs take place with entry fees averaging $35. During the balance of the year, two artists share gallery space in a month-long exhibit.
The entry fee to show in an exhibit is $200, which helps cover the cost of promotional efforts. For the exhibit, 2,500 postcards are printed and distributed; artists receive a portion for personal promotion. The artist must agree to be present for a reception on an agreed-upon date. A typical show remains on display for thirty days.
Artists can expect to receive extensive exposure during their exhibit. Hundreds of people from all walks of life visit Crossings every week as they shop during the day or attend a class, concert, or other public event. Our mailing lists exceed 4,500 individuals, households, and regional businesses. Extensive efforts to publicize the artist result in media coverage of all types.
Artwork for sale should be appropriately prepared for display – for example, paintings should be framed and ready to hang, prints should be shrink-wrapped with foam core – and priced to include our standard commission.
We prefer work be delivered by the artist, rather than shipped, when possible. Return shipping costs must be assumed by the artist. All artists who have exhibited at Crossings are invited to maintain a rotating selection of their work at the conclusion of their exhibit. As seasons, exhibits and space demands change, we may need to rotate or return your unsold items. Your work is insured during the time it is on display at Crossings.
All works must be original. No imports, commercial or manufactured items, or items created from kits or copied from published patterns will be accepted.
For more information, please contact Marie Marvin at (507)732-7616 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.