January 2015: Betty Reece

Decorative painting on tray, by Betty Reece

Artistic Opportunities

Last updated: January 3, 2015


CELEBRATE: 40 Years of Art at the Art Gallery of Algoma
December 18, 2014: Sault Ste. Marie, ON

The Art Gallery of Algoma is pleased to announce a call for participation in the Second Annual Winter Festival of the Arts, an all-inclusive community show and sale. The theme of the community exhibition is CELEBRATE. The Art Gallery of Algoma invites the community at large (including Michigan artists) to celebrate 40 years of the Gallery’s history and look ahead to the future of Art in Sault Ste. Marie.

For 40 years the Art Gallery of Algoma has been dedicated to strengthening the local arts community and fostering artistic dialogue nationally and internationally. Continuing in this tradition, the Winter Festival of the Arts invites artists of all ages, practicing in all art forms, to participate in this community centric exhibition.

Apply today! Registration is $30 or FREE for AGA Members. Entry form with fee or proof of membership attached must be received by Monday, January 5, 2015 at the Art Gallery of Algoma, 10 East St., Sault Ste. Marie, ON, P6A 3C3 (705) 949-9067; Or emailed to galleryinfo@artgalleryofalgoma.com. The registration form can be downloaded there.

All visual art mediums will be accepted. Artists must create on the theme Celebrate. Please note the Art Gallery of Algoma has the right to refuse any submissions based on content we deem inappropriate. Please include Medium, Size, Title and Selling Price in the application. Art works are due on January 19 and January 20, 2015 between 9am-5pm. The Art Gallery of Algoma is not responsible for the loss of or damage to works, tools or materials on the premises.

The Art Gallery of Algoma takes a 20% commission on the sale of work during the event. All entries must be of exhibition quality, original and executed by the entrant. Pick up for work is Friday February 5, 2015 between 9a.m. and 5p.m.

The Opening Reception and Awards presentation will be Tuesday January 27, 2015 at 7 p.m.   All are welcome! Prizes include Best of Show – Trophy, $300, 2nd & 3rd Place Winners - $100.

To learn more about The Winter Festival of the Arts, please contact the Art Gallery of Algoma at galleryinfo@artgalleryofalgoma.com or 705-949-9067. 

North of the 45th

The eighth annual upper Midwest juried exhibition in NMU’s DeVos Museum will be held in June and July, but the jury deadline is March 9.  The all-media exhibition is open to residents in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota, living north of the 45th Parallel.  This year is the first year the museum will offer two cash prizes—the Juror’s Choice is an award of $500; the Audience Choice is a $250 Award.  Juror is Lena Vigna, Curator of Exhibitions at Racine Art Museum in Wisconsin.  Applications are available online at devos.slideroom.com.

Do It Yourself Pickford Seeks Presenters

DIY Pickford is a great way for area residents to share their talents with the Pickford Community Library and the greater EUP community. Workshop attendees and educators are not limited to the town of Pickford—the library is looking for anyone from across the EUP who has skills to share.

Upcoming events in 2015 include workshops on home beekeeping and seed starting; a field trip to a maple syrup farm, and an encore presentation on techno-gifting by the Pickford Robo Panthers.  For more information contact Ann Marie Smith at 906-647-1288 or amsmith@uproc.lib.mi.us.

Olive Craig Gallery Announces Artist’s Choice III,
April 1 to 30, 2015

Why tamper with a good thing?  The Olive Craig Gallery has had an annual juried exhibition since its opening in 1986, and all but the last two have been themed exhibitions.  Themed exhibitions are always interesting because they challenge the artist’s imagination and result in many different interpretations of a word or concept, but they are also necessarily restrictive, so two years ago the gallery decided to give artists free rein—any subject, any medium.  The result was many artists new to Alberta House, and an excellent, varied exhibition. 

Last year the gallery announced “Artist’s Choice II” and again, mounted a great show—so this year:  Artist’s Choice III, soliciting original work—any subject, any medium.  The application form is available online.  The exhibition is open to all original work completed within the past two years, and not previously shown in the Olive Craig Gallery.  All work must be for sale. 

The gallery is looking forward to another fine show.  For more information, e-mail:  saac@saultarts.org anytime, or call Alberta House at 906-635-1312 during open hours beginning February 3.  The application can also be downloaded from the Sault Area Arts Council website:  www.saultarts.org.

East Lansing Art Festival Call To Artists

Date: May 16-17, 2014

Application deadline: Jan. 31, 2015

Application fee: $25 through Nov. 30; $35 after.

Apply online: www.zapplication.org

Website: www.elartfest.com

Booth fee for invited artists: $320 10'x10' space, $650 10'x20' and additional $50 for corners.

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