Has your ability to get what you need for your creativity been affected by Covid-19?
Many of us have, at some point in the past few months, been unable or unwilling to head out to get the supplies we need. Even as a photographer, I have had to wait to get ink for my printer, as my store was closed, and my printer’s manufacturer was unable to get supplies. Have the costs of your supplies gone up, possibly due to Covid-induced shortages? A jeweler here in Newmarket got a shock when she saw the higher price of the silver she uses to make her pieces.
For some of us, the emotional stress has sapped the inner resources we need to be creative. creativity. For others, Covid-19 has spurred new creativity of its own.
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I think that you will be excited to meet our 2020 jurists, Jeff Nye, Pat Dumas-Hudecki and Sarah Burtscher.
Jeff Nye is a Newmarket-based artist, writer, teacher and curator. Jeff has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with Distinction from Concordia University in Montreal (1998) and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Regina (2007). His paintings and multimedia installations have been exhibited in public galleries across the country. He has curated exhibitions for the Mackenzie Art Gallery, Dunlop Art Gallery, and Last Mountain Lake Cultural Centre. He has also instructed studio and art history classes at First Nations University of Canada, University of Regina and Georgian College. Jeff has received several distinctions and awards for his work, including grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. http://www.livestudio.ca/
Pat Dumas-Hudecki is an Ontario artist who has been in many solo and group exhibitions, and has won many awards. She sends this statement:
Through my different painting series I want to chronicle how the everyday objects around us transform and convey their own unique narratives. My realistic acrylic paintings pay homage to the sweet disorder and chaos that surrounds us; they are an integral part of our living spaces-indoors and out. When I paint the visual chaos of my interior spaces I capture the domestic wilderness of activity and play that is too often tidied up and civilized before it can be appreciated for its beauty and meaning. When I paint urban and rural utility poles I show how they have developed unique personalities as they alter through time and purpose. I enjoy creating art that makes people take a second look at their everyday surroundings and transforms their perceptions of it. http://www.dumas-hudecki.com/
Sarah Burtscher is the Gallery Director at Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto’s leading commercial photography gallery for historical and contemporary work from Canadian and international artists. Sarah has curated exhibitions including Open Call 2019 for the Exposure Festival in Calgary; MYTORONTO, an exhibition through which participants affected by homelessness connect with their community; and SNAP!, an annual photographic fundraiser in support of programs and services provided by the Aids Committee of Toronto. She has also been on several exhibition juries including THE FENCE 2018 and RMG Exposed in 2017 and 2018. Sarah holds a BFA in Photography Studies from Ryerson University’s Image Arts program.
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 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.
Here’s a question that was asked twice on the same day, by two different photographers: Do I submit the original jpg file, or a picture of the framed print?
I’m a photographer (but I’m not gonna enter my own show, of course), so I often enter images to shows before making a final print and deciding on the print-run limit. Storing prints is hard, especially framed. I know in advance what size the image will be, and I make an educated guess at the frame size.
So please, just submit the jpeg of the image itself. As you fill in the submission form, you will be asked the size of the image, including any framing.
We have a new award, and this is a huge – world first huge – announcement, and we are So Excited: Art Gate VR is a virtual reality platform (using 3D goggles & handset, like for VR gaming) for galleries, collectors, and artists to exhibit art. Art Gate will award a six month solo exhibition in virtual reality to one of the finalists in the Newmarket Juried Art Show. This will be a free four-artwork exhibition for 6 months. A larger exhibition can be discussed with the winner if desired.