Once again, Artists in Action (AiA) is pairing up with the Oregon State Capital to celebrate the cherry in March of 2019.
This year, AiA members will participate in two ways. The second event will be a new one: Artists in Action will be pairing with the organizers of the Cherry Blossom Day Festival for a poster contest. The winner of the contest will have their entry featured on the promotional poster for 2020. Artists do not need to worry about putting text on their submission; that will be accomplished digitally on the winning submission.
While we are still working on some details, we wanted to give artists as many details as possible so they could get started on their creations.
Entries will need to be dropped off March 1 at a location to be announced. The show will run through the month of March with the date of art pick up to be announced. There will be no commission from art sales, but artists will be responsible for working with their buyers.
While we do not yet know all the details, we hope to get someone from the Japanese Cultural Society, the Oregon Capitol Foundation, and a member of the community to form the panel of judges.
Jurors will choose the poster winner based on their interpretation of the focus of Cherry Blossom Day: the blooming cherry trees in the Capitol Mall, Oregon’s cherry industry, and the importance of the Japanese cultural influence in Oregon. These elements may be combined in any manner the artist desires.
There will be an entry fee, but we think it will be around $5.00 for each entry. The money will be used to promote the event.
Finally, we are hoping to have all the pieces be the similarly size for the best viewing impact. Any 2D medium is permitted, but finished pieces must be no smaller than 11″ and no larger than 20″ (any orientation). All pieces must be framed in black. If there is a mat, it must be white.
All images must meet gallery quality standards.
- Pieces must be ready to hang with wire.
- The wire must be securely attached to the frame, and fastened so that the wire doesn’t show when hung.
- Saw-tooth hangers will not be permitted.
- Mats must be clean
- Frames must not be broken, damaged, or have loose corners.
- If you are using a window mat for a drawing or watercolor, it must be behind glass or Plexiglas.
AiA reserves the right to not accept your image or piece for display if it doesn’t meet the criteria.