Estel Gallery is currently accepting submissions for its Nov/Dec 2008 exhibition Branch Out featuring fine art sculptural ornaments.
The show runs Nov. 22 - Dec. 20, 2008.
The reception will be Dec. 6, 2008.
The deadline for submissions is Sept 20, 2008.
Branch Out features the ultimate presentation of handmade ornaments, Christmas trees and menorahs - not just another decoration mass produced and "Made in China." Artists explore what it means to create something designed to be given to another individual as an expression of celebration and contemplation. This exhibit is not a craft fair, but fine craft may be considered. We are not looking for the same old same. Submissions will be judged on the basis of creativity, craftsmanship and wow factor.
Eligibility: Open to any artist over the age of 18.
Acceptable Media: Three-dimensional fine art. No limitation on media other than it must be durable and able to withstand the tests of time and storage.
If ornaments are made, they must be light enough to be supported by a Christmas tree branch without bending it, roughly 1 lb or less. Heavier ornaments will require the artist to suggest an alternative hanging system. If creating a tree, it must be able to be disassembled for convenient storage. Menorah's should be created for standard size candles, and the first set of candles should be included.
Each selected artist will be assigned an authentic aluminum Christmas tree, pedestal or space to showcase his/her creations of the season.
Aluminum Christmas trees range in size from 1 foot - 6 feet. You will be assigned a tree based upon the number of ornaments you can create for the show. Please note if you have a tree size preference. We do have a limited number of colored aluminum Christmas trees - blue/green, green/silver. You will be notified if you are assigned a tree that is not silver.
Fee: No fee
Participation: Emailed submissions and/websites sent for consideration WILL NOT be considered. Please do not bring samples of your work into the gallery for consideration. You may send images using the following guidelines:
1. No more than five (5) quality (300 dpi in RGB format) images of work. Please present at least two different views of each piece submitted (total images including multiple angles should not exceed 15 images). Each image must be properly labeled with: Artist Name, Title, Medium, Dimensions and Gallery Retail Price. (Gallery commission is 50%.) Please do not include images of sold work. All work for the show must be for sale. Please provide a best estimate of how many ornaments you will be able to create by the time of shipment.
2. A current resume limited to no more than two pages and include: Exhibitions divided between one-person and group as well as Gallery representation of both current and past relationships. Please provide this on the CD with your images.
3. A brief Artist's Statement about your work or any comments you feel necessary to fully appreciate your work. (Please limit to no more than one page. The statement should be clear, concise and not hand-written.) Please provide this on the CD with your images.
4. Submissions will not be returned.
Deadline: Sept. 20, 2008. All entries must be postmarked by Sept. 20 to be considered.
Send Submissions or drop them off to:
Estel Gallery - Branch Out
115 Rosa L Parks Blvd
Nashville, TN 37203
Sept 20, 2008: postmarked deadline for entries
Oct 10, 2008: notification of inclusion
Nov 1 - 15, 2008: delivery of artwork
Nov 22 - Dec 20, 2008: exhibition dates
Dec 6, 2008: reception from 6pm-9pm
Jan 15, 2008: return of artwork