Past Call to Artists


Open Call To ArtistsGlobal Postal Art*

Attention Local and Global Artists
OPEN MAIL-ART CALL to Be Exhibited FALL 2017 IN 2 VT SHOWS

MAIL IN YOUR ORIGINAL ART POSTCARD INTERPRETATION OF
“Women Art Scientists” or  “Avant Art Global Conspiracy”

ADDRESS MAIL TO:
Women Art Scientists or Avant Art Global Conspiracy
803 Town Farm Rd.
Ludlow, VT 05149  USA

*No Rejections / No Returns*
MUST BE RECEIVED BY JULY 31, 2017

ALL ART WILL BE SHOWN in both of these 2 Exceptional Gallery Shows:
STONE VALLEY ARTS, Poultney Vermont
Sept 8th – Oct 1st, 2017
“International Postal Art: Women Art Scientists and The Avant Art Global Conspiracy” curated by Tara Verheide

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 9th, 2017,  6:00 – 8:00pm
Film & Forum: Sunday, September 10th, 2017,  3:00 – 4:00pm
Intermedia Performance: Friday and Saturday, September 29 & 30, 2017,  7:30pm
Exhibit Dates: September 8 – October 1, 2017
Location: Stone Valley Arts at Fox Hill (145 E. Main Street, Poultney, VT 05764)

and

CASTLETON UNIVERSITY FINE ARTS CTR. GALLERY, Castleton, Vermont
Oct – Nov 2017
“Networked Art: Crackerjack Chuck Welch meets WomenInTheAvantGlobalConspiracy of Sinclair Scripa”

The exhibit will be documented online.

Questions? Write to Sinclair Scripa / Tara Verheide: femailxxproject@gmail.com

*An explanation of global postal art from the curator’s proposal:

INTRODUCTION What is Mail-Art and Why Exhibit It Via Open Art-Calls

Mail Art, or Postal Art is simply art sent via snail-mail or the postal system. The mailed art-work may be a personal correspondence between two artists which once received might be catalogued, blogged, exhibited or added to the receiver’s mail-art archives. It might be passed onto someone else to be added to and sent along down the line. It may be made into a “Zine”, or placed in an “Assemblage Box” with other works of mail art, and then returned to all contributors. Perhaps it will be cut up, repurposed or re-collaged. Hopefully it is not disregarded or disposed of. Frequently it will be answered in kind, but there is no guarantee. Mail Art is a gamble, a game of chance where the only rule is that there are no rules. Place a stamp on it and away it goes, where it stops, nobody knows.

The first mail art might have been Cleopatra sending herself to Marc Anthony rolled in a rug. Or it might have begun with the postcards Duchamp called ‘ready-mades’, that he mailed to his fellow Dadaists. As a contemporary art practice it gained much ground via the prolific postal practices of Ray Johnson, noted as ‘The Father Of Mail Art”, whom began mailing his “Moticos” in the 1950’s and by the mid 90’s had involved multitudes of other artists globally, in what he called his ‘NY Correspondence School’. Multimedia and multi-ambiguous, mail art functions by the ‘laws of chance,, which Dadaist Hans Arp pointed out are ‘ better than arrogance concealed in perfection’. Because however finely or crudely mail-art is conceived or constructed, its’ meaning is completely free. It is framed only be the person who receives (or views) it. It resists reliable comprehension or collective consciousness and is mysterious. And as it resides outside the bounds of all institutions (*save the postal system by which it is transferred), it is free of value. If it serves a higher purpose at all, it is in collaboration with other artists that it is found. And it is for this reason mail art is sought and practiced. And it explains why Open Art Calls (no rejections, no returns, ANYONE can submit) are so popular. Open Art Calls result in a mutually shared product via exhibits, digital-documentations or printed catalogs. They provide a collective, creative engagement with the ineffable. Through them. the unknown is encountered and both art contributors and art viewers know not what they might find, or rather what might find them. Exciting and egalitarian, they provide everyone with the chance of art.

 

Open Call To ArtistsConnection

A connection can be a physical link, one piece joining to another.
A connection can be an emotional link, a heartfelt attachment to something.
A connection can be a conceptual link, a thought merging with a network of ideas.

What does “connection” mean to you?

Stone Valley Arts seeks submissions of original artwork in any medium that in some way addresses the theme of “connection.” Collage, sculpture, drawing, fiber works, photography, video, painting, carving, or any visual objects that relate to this idea are encouraged.

We look forward to seeing what unexpected connections will arise between the various artworks our friends and neighbors submit to this community exhibition.

Connection will be exhibited at Fox Hill, the c.1822 stone church and former Masonic Hall located across the street from the Poultney High School. Stone Valley Arts makes use of this historic space thanks to the generosity of its previous owners and the Preservation Trust of Vermont.

  • Exhibition Dates: June 17th  – July 30th, 2017
  • Artists of all ages and levels of experience are encouraged to submit
  • Up to three pieces may be submitted per artist and at least one is sure to be included in the show. Deadline for submissions is May 31st, 2017.
  • Please email jpeg images of your work, along with your name, titles, medium, date and brief descriptions of your project to: stonevalleyartscenter@gmail.com (with Connection Exhibit as the subject line).

POETS: Call for Submissions

Poultney Poetry Downtown  

Poets, have your poem on display in a Poultney downtown business front window during National Poetry Month. Poems will be displayed from early April through the first week of May.
Submit poems for consideration using the following guidelines: Deadline: March 20, 2017.
1. Send 1-2 poems as MS Word attachments. Each poem must be no longer than 24 lines.
2. Please include in your email, your name, city/town of residence and phone.

3. If you are school-aged please let us know your age and where you go to school, or let us know if you are home-schooled. (optional)

Email submissions to: davidmook@aol.com  Please put “Poetry Downtown” in the subject line. If you prefer not to use a computer, we will accept your typed poems by mail. Send to: Poetry Downtown c/o Stone Valley Arts P.O. Box 47 Poultney, VT 05764.

By sending your work to Poetry Downtown you agree to the following: Poetry Downtown may use poems in display and promotional materials. All other rights remain with the author.

Contact is David Mook: davidmook@aol.com802-884-8052

(Peek) Foliage

A Community Exhibition at Stone Valley Arts at Fox Hill

The term “foliage” often brings to mind the changing colors of Autumn leaves, as well as the phenomenon of “Leaf-Peepers,” those people who come to view the picturesque spectacle.

While foliage is often considered something to look at from afar, it can also serve as a filtering or diffusing device, something to look through.  Foliage can be viewed both from outside and from within.   Screens of foliage can be used both to cloak and reveal subject matter.

Stone Valley Arts invites local artists to submit artwork for an exhibition that addresses the general theme of “Foliage.” Photographs, drawings, paintings, sculptures, videos, or any visual objects that explore the aesthetics and/or the uses of foliage are encouraged.  Original artwork created for this exhibit is especially welcome.

(Peek) Foliage will be exhibited at Fox Hill, the c.1822 stone church and former Masonic Hall located across the street from the Poultney High School. Stone Valley Arts makes use of this historic space thanks to the generosity of its previous owners and the Preservation Trust of Vermont.

  • Exhibition Dates: October 8th – November 12th, 2016
  • Artists of all ages and levels of experience are encouraged to submit
  • Artists may submit up to three pieces. Deadline for submissions is September 23, 2016
  • Please email jpeg images of your work, along with your name, titles, medium, date and brief descriptions of your project to:  stonevalleyartscenter@gmail.com

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TWO WAYS YOU CAN BE INVOLVED IN OUR UPCOMING EVENT

#1 Exhibition Dates: July 3rd  – August 14th, 2016

  • Artists of all ages and levels of experience are encouraged to submit
  • Up to three pieces may be submitted per artist and at least one is sure to be included in the show. Deadline for submissions is June 30, 2016.

What memories or associations does the phrase “The Lake” conjure up in your mind? Tranquil, fog-shrouded mornings?  Noisy afternoons at the beach? Natural habitat? Slippery dock? A family tradition?

To kick off the summer season, Stone Valley Arts asks our friends and neighbors to submit artwork or personal artifacts for an exhibition that addresses the general theme of “The Lake.” Photographs, drawings, paintings, carvings, videos, or any visual objects that explore the history, ecology, economy or emotional attachment to the lakes of our region are encouraged.  Original artwork created for this exhibit is especially welcome, although we are also interested in exhibiting personal mementoes or objects that might take on special resonance when displayed in this context.The Lake Show will be exhibited at Fox Hill, the c.1822 stone church and former Masonic Hall located across the street from the Poultney High School. Stone Valley Arts makes use of this historic space thanks to the generosity of its previous owners and the Preservation Trust of Vermont.

  • Please email jpeg images of your work, along with your name, titles, medium, date and brief descriptions of your project to: stonevalleyartscenter@gmail.com

#2 Make a contribution to the SILENT AUCTION for our Summer Arts Explosion on July 3 from 2-6pm

Our 2nd Annual Summer Arts Explosion on July 3 will bring an artistic element to a full day of events in Downtown Poultney.  The galleries at Fox Hill (145 East Main Street in Poultney) will open for the first time featuring “The Lake Show”. Music by Spruce Knob Uprising, Green Mountain High Jazz Ensemble, Howard Banow, and dance performances by Yvonne Brunot, Arnia Cervantes and Company, as well as Vital Spark (a cello, piano, dance, and poetry collaboration).  Other activities will include Slam Poetry performances, The Poet Is In, chalk mandalas, and art activities for all ages.  

All proceeds from the silent auction will go directly to securing our future at Fox Hill.  If you would like to make a contribution of art, a gift certificate, or other item for the silent auction, please email stonevalleyartscenter@gmail.com

Food and beverages will be available.  Suggested donation $10.