The Southern Missouri Arts Connection has issued a call for local artists, who may be interested in participating in a fun art exhibit that features smaller than average artwork.
SMAC will be presenting its 2nd Annual “Post-It Note, 3″x3′ Art Show” fundraiser on Friday, October 1 at its Art Center, located at 7 Downing Street in Hollister. SMAC is currently looking for miniature art to feature. at the event, according to The Southern Missouri Arts Connection’s Facebook page.
SMAC vice-president and gallery committee member Lynnette Horn said that for the month of September, SMAC has issued a call for artists.
“We’re looking for miniature artwork presented on a standard sized 3″ x 3 square sticky note, canvas or any color paper,” Horn said. “I use 3×3 cradled wood panels, like some other artists, but I know other artists use Post-Its and other watercolor papers.”
According to the Facebook page, SMAC will be hosting a Free Open Studio at the SMAC Art Center on Friday, September 10 from 7-10 p.m. for artists who want to come together and create art for the show. The deadline for dropping off art at the art center to be part of the exhibit will be Saturday, September 25, 6-9 p.m. The exhibition will run throughout the month of October.
“We have added a special open shop evening on Friday September 10th. A social event centered around creating miniature art for show. It is open to any artist. SMAC membership is not compulsory. Come meet other artists and create together. You can bring your own supplies or use SMACs (supplies). It should be a fun night.
Horn said the purpose of the exhibit is to raise funds for the art center and all artwork will be available for purchase throughout October.
“They are all for sale at $5 each and SMAC splits the money with the artist. The purpose of the exhibit is to raise funds for SMAC, which is a non-profit organization, and to provide an economical option for purchasing art,” said Horn. “So anyone in the community can afford an original piece of art.”
According to the Facebook page, all artists are welcome to submit work, SMAC membership is not required. Artists must submit a minimum of at least 10 pieces for the exhibition. Artwork will not be labeled, but artists must include identifying information on the front or back of their work. When dropping off pieces, artists are asked to place their artwork in an envelope with any special posting instructions.
“Artists must submit at least 10 pieces of art,” Horn said. “But they can submit as many as they want on the minimum. Artists don’t need to be SMAC members to participate.
Horn, who will also be submitting his own artwork for the exhibit, said the best part of this exhibit last year was the opening night.
“My favorite part of last year’s show was the opening night. Seeing so many excited faces, as they walked around the gallery, ripping their favorite pieces off the walls. Yes, right off the walls,” Horn said, “That’s what makes the exhibit so fun. People take the art off the wall, pay for it, and take it home. No need to wait until the exhibit is over to pick up their purchases.” Transactions are done that night. With the flurry of activity, you’d think the walls would be empty after opening night, but that’s not the case. There will still be plenty on the walls. throughout the month-long exhibition.
Horn said there is no fixed theme or rules other than exhibit size so artists can be free to create whatever they want.
“Part of the beauty of the exhibit is seeing all the different genres, mediums and styles. There’s no unifying theme, just what the artist wants to create,” Horn said. free rein to their imagination.
The proceeds from the sale of the pieces will be shared equally between the SMAC and the artist.
“Half the money from sales goes to SMAC,” Horn said. “The money is used for general operations, building rent, utilities, etc. This helps us keep our doors open for the community.”
For more information, visit smac-art.org or follow ‘The Southern Missouri Arts Connection’ on Facebook.