Yes, we are a couple of months into the pandemic partial lockdown, and it looks like we’re setting up to have a bad round 2, but we are still planning on having an in-person, live Juried Art Show in October.
However, we do have to make other plans, in case the Show is cancelled. Here’s our current thinking:
Artists will be offered the opportunity to enter a juried online version of the NJAS, hosted on our website and promoted on our social media feeds. We will try to have it promoted by other local partners, such as the Town of Newmarket. The fee will be reduced, of course, and the deadline extended.
The Co-Directors, Peggy and Dave, are being trained by Whova in delivering online events. We hope that this will teach us how to host a Virtual Opening Gala (BYOB, for sure!)
You can read our initial COVID-19 statement in the blog post immediately prior to this one (just below).
We hope that the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic will be over before our show starts in October, not just for our show, but for all of us on this precious planet.
There is a chance that the pandemic will still be going on, though. For that reason, we have altered our refund policy: If the Old Town Hall is still closed in October due to the pandemic, artists’ jurying fees will be refunded in full.
We will also refund our sponsors and financial supporters.
We, the Co-Directors, are able to absorb any expenditures that will have been made by that point, and will start planning the 2021 Newmarket Juried Art Show then. (Actually, we have already :))
Until then, be well, stay well, pay attention to what the medical experts tell you. And let’s all spend time on our Art as we hunker down!
We didn’t get any jewellery or textile entries this year. As well, we realized that we have forgotten to make an award for “Pottery or Ceramics”. We’ve shifted some of the award money around to fix both of those problems. You will see that in the updated awards grid on About the Show.
Speaking of awards, remember that they will be announced at the Opening reception, Oct 16. We’ll do the awards near the beginning, so don’t be late! (Artists: You do not have to be there to receive an award!)
Award winners get the cash, and will also be given a custom-designed badge to display on their social media or website. Here’s the best Photography badge:
We put out our call to artists back in the Spring by contacting various
Arts groups, associations and Arts & Culture divisions in as many
towns & cities as we could find. This map shows where our entrants came from. Each town or city has just one pin; many had more than one artist send us work.
I thought that I should put up a couple of photos to let everyone see what one of the Old Town Hall Serpa Galleries looks like. It’s such a beautiful space, and we’re really looking forward to seeing the Newmarket Juried Art Show display on these walls! (I’ll post pictures of the other Gallery later – the NJAS will occupy both Galleries!) Show: Oct 11-26 Reception: Oct 16
Photo credit: Jason Wighton. Photos supplied by Newmarket Arts & Culture, showing previous exhibits