Art in the Loft’s ‘LIGHT’ submissions starting Aug. 1

ALPENA — Any artist with a bright idea may be interested in entering this show.

Submissions will be accepted starting Aug. 1 for Art in the Loft’s fourth annual themed juried art exhibit, titled “LIGHT.”

“In past years, we’ve done ‘Black and White,’ ‘Forgotten Spaces,’ last year was ‘Red,’ and then this year we are doing ‘Light,'” said Art in the Loft Executive Director Justin Christensen-Cooper.

Art can be submitted in all media, except film, through Sept. 6.

“So, we’re talking 2D, which would be painting, photography, collage, 3D, sculptures, ceramics, we can even take in mixed media,” Christensen-Cooper said. “A lot of people have asked, for ‘Light,’ ‘Will I be able to have use of an outlet?’ Which could be interesting.”

Courtesy Photo Art in the Loft will begin accepting submissions on Aug. 1 for “LIGHT” juried art exhibit to run Oct. 4 to Nov. 7. The juror for this exhibit will be Community Mural artist Tony Hendrick, pictured in front of one of his paintings.

He said use of lighting, including neon signage, would be accepted and encouraged for this exhibit.

Grand Ledge artist Tony Hendrick will be the juror for this exhibit.

“As we are right on the heels of the Community Mural Project ending, we thought that a good way to honor Tony is to bring him back as the juror of ‘Light,'” Christensen-Cooper said.

Hendrick was the lead artist on the Community Mural Project, which wrapped up on Saturday, July 20, with activities and a dedication of the mural in the pocket park on Chisholm Street.

“Light” will open Oct. 4 and run through Nov. 7. An opening and awards reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 4.

A description from Art in the Loft’s website states, “Through illusion or actual illumination, Light plays an important role in all visual art. This challenge involves making Light shine through in your artwork. The effect of Light can cast deep contrasting shadows or enhance the brilliance of colors.”

All submissions must be uploaded digitally, Christensen-Cooper explained.

There will be a link at www.artintheloft.org for artists to click on to upload photos of their work. For more information, call Art in the Loft at 989-356-4877.

Hendrick will select the pieces to be featured in the show from the digital submissions.

If accepted, artists’ work will be on display in the 7,000-square-foot loft gallery on the third floor of the Center Building at 109 N. 2nd Ave. in downtown Alpena.

“Last year we had 80 submissions, and so we had 60 to 70 pieces in the show,” Christensen-Cooper said, adding that he thinks this year’s participation will be similar to those numbers.

The following awards will be presented at the opening reception on Oct. 4:

¯ Best of Show, $300

¯ Second Place, $200

¯ Third Place, $100

A People’s Choice award will also be given, with a $50 gift certificate, to the artist who is voted “Best” by attendees during the show.

Submission guidelines

The submission fee is $35 for the first entry, and $10 for each additional entry up to three total per artist.

This show is open to artists ages 18 and older. All artwork must be original and created within the last three years.

All entries must be registered and received by midnight, Sept. 6. Entry fees are non-refundable, and all juror decisions are final.

For more details and official rules, contact Christensen-Cooper at director@artintheloft.org.

About Tony Hendrick

Here is a biography about the juror, from his website, www.tonyhendrick.com.

“Born in Michigan in 1969, Tony Hendrick grew up exploring nature down at the neighborhood pond and camping with his family ‘up north.’ At the age of 17, he began a career in art as a pictorial artist painting billboards along side a diversely talented group of artists and friends.”

His paintings have been exhibited at the Grand Rapids Public Museum, Ella Sharp Museum in Jackson, the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago in Evanston, Ill., the Synapse Gallery in Benton Harbor, Carnegie Art Center in North Tonawanda, New York, Highland Cultural Center Arts Gallery in Highland, New York and the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, according to his website.

“Hendrick has created paintings and murals for private and public settings for many individuals, businesses and organizations including Northwest Airlines in Romulus, Air Zoo Museum of Kalamazoo, Cooley Law School of Lansing, TechSmith of Okemos, REOlds Transportation Museum of Lansing, and Metropolitan YMCA of Lansing.

“His murals have won national and world recognition with a global award for the World’s Largest Indoor Mural by Guinness World Records and First Place Award for Murals from the United States Sign Council.

“Hendrick has taught public mural painting workshops and lead community mural projects for many organizations, including New Territory Arts Association, Benton Harbor, Arts and Industry Council, Battle Creek, West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology, Grand Rapids, and Art in the Loft, Alpena.

“Hendrick attended the Kansas City Art Institute of Kansas City, Mo., and received a B.F.A. in 1995,” the biography states. “He currently lives with his wife the artist, Mary Ann Southworth, on a farm in Grand Ledge.”


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