Museum announces The Winter Blues

With several more long months of cold and snow yet to go, Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan invites area artists to turn what otherwise might be a blue time of year into a source of inspiration.

Fresh on the heels of its successful Best Foot Forward non-juried exhibit initiated earlier this year, the museum now announces a new non-juried exhibit – The Winter Blues. Artists from throughout the region and state are invited to submit up to five original works of art between Jan. 22-29.

There are only two main requirements: finished pieces should measure within 2-feet by 2-feet and they must be executed in 60 percent blue hues. The entry fee is a non-refundable $20 per piece for up to $100.

“We had talked for several years of doing a blue exhibit for the winter months,” said Executive Director Christine Witulski. “Rather than pulling art from our collections for this, we decided to try another non-juried exhibit.”

Witulski likes to think of it as “using the winter blues for your muse.”

“The other thought behind it is what a great way to really use this time when people kind of hibernate or get that seasonal depression,” she said. “I’m hoping they get creative and that we will have the same response that we did for Best Foot Forward.”

Entries will be displayed on the gallery space surrounding the Sky Planetarium. The opening reception – an intentional choice – has been set for Feb. 13 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

“Right before Valentine’s Day, we’re going to have a ‘blue’ celebration,” Witulski said. “We think it’s a really fun idea.”

Naturally, entertainment planned for the reception includes blues music as well as blue-themed refreshments. The event will be free and open to the public.

The Winter Blues will remain on exhibit through April 21. Visitors will be invited throughout the course of the exhibit to vote for their favorite pieces at $1 a vote. Two People’s Choice Awards will then be announced at the conclusion of the exhibit, with the winners each receiving $200.

The voting is being done as a fundraiser for the museum to help support the arts.

Artists can also be looking ahead to the fall of 2018, when the museum returns to its traditional Northeast Michigan Juried Artists Exhibition. For that show, art pieces will be subject to the usual jury process for selection.

More information about The Winter Blues, a brochure and entry forms can be found at the museum’s website, www.bessermuseum.org.