April 2014: Back in Time, Mark Ward
Back in Time, Mark Ward

Artistic Opportunities

Last updated: April 5, 2014

42nd Annual Sault Summer Arts Festival (Application)

2014 Sault Summer Arts Festival. Applications now available!

Applications are already coming in for the 2014 Sault Summer Arts Festival which will be held Tuesday, August 5, on the spacious grounds of the Sault City Hall. The juried festival is open to all original art and fine crafts that are exhibited by the creating artist. Applications are available for download on our website (www.saultarts.org), by e-mailing: saac@saultarts.org or by calling Jean Jones at 906-437-5463. The fee is $100 for a 10 x 10 foot space.

Cash awards include the $300 Olive Craig Best of Show Award, the $150 Best of Crafts Award, the $150 Painting Award, the $75 Judge’s Choice Award and $50 Awards in nine other categories.

Jury is by digital or print photo or by bringing work into Alberta House for in-hand jurying.  Three photos are required, except for jewelers who should submit five.  Jury deadline is June 1, 2014. 

Actors Needed For Rendezvous Historical Play  July 26 & 27

The second annual Rendezvous in the Sault will take place July 26 and 27 on the City Hall grounds and at the Historic Water Street Homes.  This colorful event is a living history encampment complete with costumed re-enactors, demonstrators, food, musical entertainment, educational displays and activities for the whole family.  This year’s Rendezvous includes a themed dinner cruise on the Soo Locks Boat Tours with a short play about the events that played out in 1814.  The Rendezvous Committee is calling for both male and female actors interested in portraying various local figures in the play, at the dinner cruise and throughout the weekend.  Those interested should get in touch with Angie Patterson at apatterson@sault.com.  For more information, visit the Rendezvous website at www.historicwaterstreet.org/rendezvous.

June Arts, Crafts, Family Fun Fair Invites Art, Craft and Food Vendors For Engineers Day Fair

The June 27 Arts, Crafts and Family Fun Fair, sponsored by the EUP Community Dispute Resolution Center, is open to art, craft and food vendors.  (No commercial vendors except food.)  Space fees are $65 for a 12 x 12’ space and $120 for a 24 x 12’ space.  Applications are available online at www.saultcraftfair.org.  Application deadline is May 31, 2014, or when the show is filled.  Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; set up is from 7 to 9:30 a.m.

Entertainers willing to volunteer their services are also sought.

Attendance is free but other proceeds go to benefit the EUP Community Resolution Center.  For information, including vendor and sponsor applications, contact the center at 906-253-9840.

53rd Annual Greater Michigan Art Exhibition

The 53rd Annual Greater Michigan Art Exhibition will be held July 26 to September 21, at the Midland Center for the Arts.  The exhibition is open to Michigan artists, 18 or older.  Work may be in any medium but must be original, have been completed within the past three years, and not have been previously shown at the Alden B. Dow Museum. Jury is by digital image on a CD or online (online is preferred); jury fee is $35 or up to three images.  Jury is a two-phased process—if you make it through the first phase you are guaranteed inclusion in the exhibition with a minimum of one work after the final jury.  Jury deadline is Monday, April 14 (postmark date).  Commission on work sold is 30%.

Prizes include the Grand Prize of $1,000, one $300 award and seven $250 awards.

Work for the final jury must be delivered to the museum on Friday or Saturday, June 20 or 21.

Auditions April 5 and 12 for Soo Theatre Summer Productions

Actors and singers who are interested in performing in the Soo Theatre’s summer productions can audition for all three at once either Saturday, April 5, between 1 and 5 p.m. or Saturday, April 12, between 1 and 5 p.m.  Those interested in behind the scenes work are also invited to attend and find out where they would best fit in.

The three productions are Dial M for Murder, June 12, 13, 14 and 15; Little Shop of Horrors July 10, 11, 12 and 13, and Bizet’s “Carmen” August 6, 8 and 10. 

Dial M for Murder has five male roles and one female role and will be directed by Jim Taylor.

Little Shop of Horrors has four female roles and four male roles; a girl’s chorus, and a small group of youngsters. The play will be directed by Karen Hughes Beacom. Singers should prepare one song from musical theater.  Technical crew is also encouraged to come out for casting.

Carmen requires a men’s chorus, a children’s chorus (ages 9 and up), secondary roles and extras (no singing or dialog).

For a list of character descriptions, check the Soo theatre website:  www.sootheatre.org.  For college students or summer residents, Skype or video auditions can be arranged by calling 906-632-1930. 

Soo Film Festival

Yes, it's true. The Soo will be hosting a film festival this summer at the historic Soo Theatre on August 1 & 2.  The Soo Film Festival board will be releasing a Call for Entries very soon.

Look to our Facebook page at facebook.com/SooFilmFestival for details as they emerge.  And we'll have more details in the next edition of Alberta House News.

Gifts of Art

Gifts of Art at the University of Michigan Health System invites artists and arts organizations to submit exhibit proposals to their annual Call for Entries for the 2014-15 exhibit year.  As one of the first and most comprehensive arts in healthcare programs, Gifts of Art brings the world of art and music to the U-M Health System.  The exhibit program is designed to enhance the health care environment and help calm and bring comfort to our patients, visitors and staff.  The nine galleries display over fifty exhibits a year.  The exhibits include 2-D and 3-D spaces that are viewed by approximately 10,000 people a day.

Exhibits are on display for approximately eight weeks.  Commission on work sold is 35% (work need not be for sale).

Submissions may be made online or by mail (CD-R of images as JPG files).  Email or in-person submissions will NOT be accepted.  Inividual artists must submit a minimum of 12 images; group shows a minimum of 24.   Submissions must be received or uploaded by May 15, 2014.  Final notification will be sent by July 15, 2014.  Information is available by calling 734-936-2787 or e-mailing GiftsofArt@umich.edu.  Copies of the brochure are available online at www.med.umich.edu/goa.

2014 Michigan Fine Arts Competition

Open to artists, 18 or older, from Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois & Wisconsin, the Michigan Fine Arts Competition is an annual exhibition presented by the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, 1516 S. Cranbrook Rd., Birmingham MI 48009.  2014 exhibition dates are May 16 to July 11.  Original works in all media (except video or giclée) created and/or finished after January 1, 2013 will be accepted for jury providing those works have not been previously exhibited at the BBAC.  Application fee is $40.  Application deadline is April 11.  The exhibition carries $5000 in awards.

Application and more information can be found online at http://www.juriedartservices.com/index.php?content=event_info&event_id=780

Bear River Writers’ Conference

Dates for the annual Bear River Writers’ Conference, sponsored by the University of Michigan at Walloon Lake, are May 29 through June 2, 2014. Registration is online at www.lsa.umich.edu/bearriver. Scholarships are available. Complete information is online.

LSSU, Rotary Join Forces for Art Show Fundraiser

From LSSU: February 11, 2014

CONTACT: Tom Pink, 906-635-2315, tpink@lssu.edu; John Shibley, 635-2314, jshibley@lssu.edu; Sherry Brooks, 635-2276, sbrooks1@lssu.edu

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Sault Ste. Marie’s Sunrise Rotary and Lake Superior State University’s Arts Center have put together a new art competition and show to benefit the arts center’s gallery and local Rotary Club projects.

All artists are invited to be a part of the inaugural 5x7 Art Show fundraiser by creating, submitting and donating a work of art on a 5x7 canvas. The media may include paintings, drawings, tiles, sculpture, fabric, and more, including photographs. In keeping with Rotary’s support of global clean water, this year’s theme is “Water.”

The art will be showcased at the LSSU Arts Center gallery, and a preview reception will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Friday, April 25, when those in attendance will have the first opportunity to view and purchase these original works of art. Following the preview, the art will be displayed until May 23. The artist’s name will be hidden on all artwork until it is revealed at the end of the show, and the three best, as determined by a local panel of artists, will be awarded prizes.

The deadline for submissions is April 11. Details and registration forms are available at Sault Realism, The Art Store, and Alberta House in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., or Rose’s Gallery in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. You may also visit the Chippewa Sunrise Rotary Club Facebook page or LSSU Arts Center Gallery website, lssu.edu/artscenter, for more information.

Proceeds from the event will benefit LSSU Arts Center gallery exhibition programming and the Sunrise Rotary Club’s mission to support global clean water projects and local initiatives, such as supplying dictionaries for third-graders, supporting competitive swimming events, and hosting winter family fun nights.

Tickets for the 5x7 Art Show preview reception will be available beginning Feb. 25 and may be purchased from Sunrise Rotary Club members for $10 or by calling Sherry Brooks at 906-322-7249. Tickets will be $12 at the door.

For more information, including a registration form, visit lssu.edu/artscenter/5x7 or contact Sharon Dorrity, LSSU Arts Center gallery manager, at 906-635-2665 or sdorrity@lssu.edu.

Artist Guidelines
Guidelines for the Exhibition

2014 Theme: “Water”

Work is due no later than Friday, April 11, 2014 and should be dropped off at the LSSU Arts Center Gallery during hours of operation or mailed to Sharon Dorrity, LSSU Foundation, 650 W. Easterday Avenue, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 with this completed form

There is no limit on the number of works an artist can submit

The artwork must be that of the registered artist

Artwork must be completed, dry, and free of loose media (i.e., no flaking or rubbing off)

Artwork should be unframed on a 5 X 7 canvas board provided by the artist or one will be provided upon request for any artist agreeing to donate a piece of art

Any media is acceptable but the work cannot extend beyond the 5 X 7 sides or protrude more than one inch

Please do NOT write your name on the front of the work!! Please write on the BACK of the canvas: 1) Artist’s name 2) Title of work 3)art media 4) indicate the top of your work

The Rotary Club has the right to refuse to display any work it feels is not appropriate

The work will be juried with prizes awarded for 1st for this purpose divided 50/30/20

The donated work will become the property of the Rotary Club and will be displayed for sale for one month at the LSSU Art Gallery

Unsold work may be sold, donated, or returned to the artist at the Rotary Club’s discretion

The Rotary Club has the right to use images of any work on advertising materials or publications including on digital media

Each artist will receive a complementary ticket to the preview party


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217 Ferris Street, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
e-mail: saac@saultarts.org Phone: (906) 635-1312