Yadkin Arts Council calls for submissions for juried art show

By Kitsey E. Burns

May 22, 2014

YADKINVILLE — The Yadkin Arts Council announces that submissions are now open for the Fourth Annual Juried Show — Eye of the Artist: Happiness Is… — scheduled to open July 11 at 6 p.m. in the Welborn Gallery at the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center.

The award total is $3,000, with cash prizes for first, second and third place winners and recognition for honorable mentions and people’s choice winners. Winners will be announced at the opening reception.

The show is open to all 2D and 3D North Carolina artists older than 18.

Artists should enter using the website CallForEntry.org. The submission deadline is June 13. There is a $15 non-refundable fee for entry per category entered (i.e. 2D and/or 3D). Artists may submit a maximum of two original two-dimensional works and/or two three-dimensional works completed in the last two years. Works must not be mass-produced. All entries must be for sale. All directions are on the CaFE website.

Noted artist and art educator Carolyn Blaylock is the juror of selection and awards. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Blaylock spent time in advertising before pursuing her career in art. She started her own greeting card company featuring water color paintings of animals and children. Her first painting submitted to a competition was accepted by The Pastel Society of America and hung in the prestigious National Arts Club in New York. Many accolades and awards have followed her from coast to coast. Her paintings hang in many private and corporate collections including Oprah Winfrey, Duke University, Wake Forest University, Baptist Hospital, a North Carolina Congressman, the National Cathedral, and OtterBox.

Complimentary to the juried show applicants will be Art Critiquing with Blaylock.

Blaylock will hold an informal art critique of the submitted works in the 2014 exhibition. She will analyze and discuss the positive merits of the artwork, and offer constructive criticism for improvement in areas such as composition, color, value, shape, and more. The purpose of this critique is to understand more fully why specific works were chosen to receive awards, and to help participants “get inside a juror’s head” by diving into a deeper understanding of the critique and selection process.

As a group Blaylock will lead a group discussion from piece to piece offering encouraging words, along with working solutions for problem areas. Discussion and questions are encouraged. Participants will walk away with tools for improving their art. This special event will begin at 9:30 a.m. on July 12 and ends at noon.

Information about the show and the application process are available at www.yadkinarts.org/artist-opportunities.