WESTPORT - The Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks has announced that applications are now available for their 23rd Annual Traveling Art Shows and competition for the Cover Art of the 2010-2011 Northern Adirondack Arts Directory. This directory celebrates its 13th year of distribution arts services and information.
The Cover Art Show will be held at The Lake Placid Center for the Arts with an Opening Reception Friday, March 12, from 5-7 p.m. Deadline for entries is Friday, March 5. Work can be dropped off at LPCA in Lake Placid on Tuesdays through Fridays from 1-5 p.m. or at The ANCA office at The Westport Heritage House in Westport, NY. Please call ACNA at 962-8778 before March 5 to make arrangements to drop off work in Westport.
The Cover Art competition is open to both full-time and summer residents of Essex County or Southern Franklin County (within the Adirondack Park). All other awards and exhibits are open to any artist or craftsperson living in the Adirondack region.
All media will be accepted, including photography, sculpture, painting, drawing, fiber, ceramics, woodcrafts, jewelry, prints and constructions. All work must be for sale, and must be portable and easily photographed. The 2010 first prize (purchase of the Cover Artwork) is $600. A Best in Show award of $100 is open to all artists. Applications are available by calling the ACNA office at 962-8778 or on their Web site at www.artsnorth.org.
The Jurors for The 2010 Cover Art Show are: Jean Burks, Senior Curator and Director of the Curatorial Dept. at Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vt., and Laura VonRosk, Artist and Program and Gallery Coordinator for Lake George Arts Project.
The jury will select approximately 75 pieces, which will comprise the three traveling arts shows. These exhibits travel throughout a four-county region for eight months until December 2010. They are mounted for three to six weeks in various locations including (but not limited to) The Lake Placid Center for the Arts, The Depot Theatre Gallery in Westport, The Hancock House in Ticonderoga, Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake, The Clinton County Government Center in Plattsburgh, The Adirondack History Center in Elizabethtown, The Goff-Nelson Memorial Library in Tupper Lake, Champlain National Bank branch offices, and other various galleries and restaurants. The Cover Art Awards and Developing Community Arts Grant awards and checks will be announced at the opening reception on Friday, March 12 from 5-7 p.m. at The Lake Placid Center for the Arts.
ACNA is also requesting donations of one piece of work from artists or craftspersons for a Silent Auction Traveling Show. The Silent Auction exhibit will also travel throughout the region with the other shows and will be at each location. Interested buyers may enter a "silent bid" for each piece of artwork. At the end of the exhibit, the highest bidder will be rewarded with the piece. All proceeds from the Silent Auction support the Cover Art Program and The Arts Council's future endeavors on behalf of the artists of the North Country.
The Cover Art Show winning piece will appear on the cover of 20,000 copies of the 13 annual "Northern Adirondack Arts Directory 2010-2011" and Master Events Calendar. The Directory will be available in June. It has information and descriptions of over 140 cultural Organizations and over 1,000 dates of cultural interest. Organizations wishing to list a cultural event can do so on the ACNA Web site at www.artsnorth.org. Deadline for print is April 15.