Center for Creative Arts seeking art show entries

GLOVERSVILLE — The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is seeking entries for its first Fulton-Montgomery Art Show, to be held from May 6 to June 5, featuring the works of artists who live or work in Fulton and Montgomery counties.

Artists may submit works until April 9 through www.onlinejuriedshows.com. This is not a juried show, but the website is used for ease of submission and selection by the curators. Artists who want to submit should visit the website and scroll down until they find the Fulton-Montgomery Art Show. Further submission guidelines are available there. Student artists who enter work through their art teachers do not need to submit through the website.

Individual and group artists are welcome to submit pieces in all media, and the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts will include a showcase of art created by students from the public schools of both counties. Students who are interested in submitting should approach their art teachers for submission forms. Artwork from students in grades nine to 12 will be juried and eligible for several awards, a news release said.

The show and sale is a re-creation of the former Fulton County Art Show that the Congregational Church in Gloversville hosted for many years. Like that show, the Fulton-Montgomery Art Show will feature the work of a special guest artist alongside other submissions. This year’s guest is Barney Bellinger, an area artist who specializes in steel sculptures, oil paintings and sculptural furniture.

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts will hold two receptions for the artists. The first, an invitation-only reception, will take place May 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. This reception is a private opening in which artists and their guests will have the first look at the artwork and the first chance to buy pieces before the public is invited in. A public opening and meet-the-artists reception, when the public is welcome to view the show, will take place May 11 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Because of donations from supporters, the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is able to offer monetary awards to outstanding submissions. The grand-prize winner will receive $100, while the second-prize winner will receive $50, and the third-prize winner will receive $35. All winners will also receive a membership to the arts center, which grants them access to special events and discounts on classes, workshops and future gallery submissions.

The fee for entry of up to three works is $15 for members of the center or $25 for non-members. Artists may submit an additional two entries maximum for a fee of $7 each for members or $10 each for non-members. Notification of acceptance will be sent by April 17, and the dates for the drop-off or mailing of artwork are April 26 to 28 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and April 29 from 9 a.m. to noon, the news release said.

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is located at 2736 Route 30. For more information about this show or the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts, call (518) 661-9932 or visit www.pncreativeartscenter.org.

By Patricia Older

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