Category Archives: Call for Entries

Louisa Arts Center Invitation

Our friends at the Louisa Arts Center have sent us information relating to their next open arts show, The Show of Shows:

Please see the attached entry form for our next open show.  Please read the directions carefully.  There is now a limit of 3 entries per artist.  Please note on your entry blank when dropping off which category you are interested in. 

The Louisa Arts Center’s Gallery Committee

You can download their Entry Form from this link and follow their guidance to submit your entries.

The Louisa Arts Center is located at 212 Fredericksburg Ave in Louisa, VA. Use this map to visit them:

Their Mission:

ENRICH, ENCOURAGE and INSPIRE! The mission of the Louisa Arts Center is to stimulate awareness and appreciation of the arts for both youth and adults.  Our aim is to broaden involvement and access to the arts through diversity, interpretive ability and interactive creativity.

Louisa Arts Center

Martha Jefferson Rotating Art Program

Did you know Martha Jefferson Hospital has a rotating art program? We would love for the CVWG members to know that we are here and willing to take applications. We rotate the shows every 2 months.

The wonderful aspect of the MJH hanging space is that there are three venues, where you can hang up to 14 medium paintings, or as few as 5.

Download the Call to Artists by clicking here: MJH call for artists, 2019-20

If people have difficulty with the application then they may contact me, CVWG member Matalie Deane, at matalie.deane@comcast.net or 434-981-4232.

Prospectus Jargon

okay for showWhat’s a substrate? Why can’t I paint on canvas? What’s wrong with no mat? Why all this mess about ‘under cover’? Can I just paint on mirror?

Yes, these are questions you might have as you read a prospectus for an art show. Understanding the terms and the intent of the show can help you decide if this event is a good match for your work at this time.

For as long as it’s been having an Annual Show, our CVWG has held to some ‘rules’ or ‘standards’ to provide both consistently in display and a “level” playing field, so to speak, for artist who enter our show. The requirement of a standard light mat and the use of a simple frame give a visual consistency to the work when hung in for viewing. At McGuffey, the team works hard to make the paintings look consistent by centering all the paintings on a single “eye” line and using invisible fishing line which make the hanging process fairly invisible.

Since 1992, we have used the language “water media” in our prospectus and allowed the use of acrylics. We decided then to maintain the “water” roots of our organization and not accept oil or canvas. Perhaps the next generation of painters who manage our annual exhibition will change these restrictions, but for now, these are the “rules” we expect all to follow. “Under cover” means put Plexiglas (not glass) over your painting that you have matted in a light mat. Plexiglas is lighter and less dangerous if it breaks but one must take care that it not be scratched.

And last, the surface you paint for our show must be paper, and we will accept synthetic paper like Yupo. Another word for that surface is ‘substrate.’ It’s a fun word to use. You’ll sound as authentic as an artist, especially when asked, “What medium and substrate do you use?”

Keep painting. The deadline for entry is approaching! It’s May 4!

Pam Roland, Annual Exhibit Chairman