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"Fabrications Eleven": December Juried Textile and Jewelry Exhibit
James David Smit
Artists' reception: Saturday, July 26, 5-7pm
Two artists whose work is on display at Crossings this summer are from different generations, but both hone a sharp edge with their paintings. Bobby Marines and James David Smit, will show their work from July 1 to August 16.
Smit, of Wabasha, has spent a lifetime working as an artist – drawing, painting, sculpting, and working as an architect. Yet, some of his more daring work, which will be displayed at this exhibit, hasn’t seen the light of day. Galleries have favored his landscapes over his edgier stuff, he said.
“They’ve tended to reject anything sexy or political or religiously sensitive. I’ve been a little bummed out about this; to the point where I hadn’t even been painting for a few months. Hopefully this show will be able to remedy this situation.”
Smit noted drily that he “appreciates this opportunity to expose himself to viewers who have come to ‘expose themselves to art.’”
Smit has worked at several jobs over the years, as a cabinet maker, carpenter, therapist, dairy farmer, developer, and in rental management.
Marines, of Rochester, has been creating art since childhood, returning to it as a young adult after a difficult time in his life. His diversity in medium and subject matter vary as much as his interpretation of life does. He has been known to make vibrant pieces that emphasize aesthetic appreciation as well as conceptual works that explore a more cerebral perspective.
“I really want to produce work that doesn't only worry about aesthetic value but emphasizes more on ambiguity coupled with serious subject matter,” he told www.local-artist-interviews.com.
His first works as an adult were with old house paint on cardboard from dumpsters, but he’s come a long way since those early attempts. He now makes his living as an artist, painting murals and municipal electrical boxes as well as hosting one-night art shows and other efforts. He will be instructing a camp at Crossings this summer, “Inspiration: Painting What You Find!” Aug. 11-15.
August 18 - October 4, 2014
Slideshow and Poetry Reading: Saturday, October 4, 6:30pm
October 6 - November 23, 2014
Artists' reception: tbd
November 21 - 23, 2014
Holiday Art Fair and Open House
November 24 - December 31, 2014
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.
Textile, fiber and jewelry artists are invited to submit work for the annual juried December exhibit "Fabrications" at Crossings. Consider this an opportunity to explore your medium, stretch it to new lengths, twist and turn it into new forms, spin in new technologies or ancient methods, string on a bit of fantasy and let viewers feel what you’ve felt! Entries can include artwork such as contemporary gallery pieces, wall hangings, 3-dimensional fiber sculpture, wearable art of all types, handcrafted jewelry, and holiday ornaments. Jurors will focus particularly on innovative designs and craftsmanship.
This exhibit is open to all fiber and jewelry artists interested in displaying and selling their work. Fiber arts may include batik, surface design, felting, quilting, rug hooking, spinning, weaving, knitting, fiber sculpture, handcrafted paper and note cards, and needlework. Jewelry arts may include fiber, beading, stone, metal, paper and multimedia.
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.