GRAFTON—After navigating through the most uncertain of times, the Taylor County Arts Council (TCAC) is excited to announce the return of their Annual Memorial Day Juried Fine Arts Exhibit and is calling on all artists to show off their talents.
“We know you’ve been holed up in your COVID safe scape creating until your heart’s content. Now it is time to display the fruit of your labor,” the council’s event flyer urges.
Last year, due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the show was cancelled. However, the dedicated, art loving volunteers of the arts council came together and created the show as a virtual exhibit, still providing artists with an opportunity to have their work seen.
“After a year like no other, due to the pandemic, we are back, and bolder and getting ready for our 24th Annual Memorial Day Show. We want you to be a part of this,” TCAC officials reported.
The show will open on Friday, May 7, at 6:00 p.m., as a part of the return of First Friday, and will run through May 30, with the Memorial Day award ceremony slated for Friday, May 28 at 6:00 p.m.
Those wishing to participate in the Annual Juried Fine Arts Exhibit should submit their work on May 1 between 1:00-5:00 p.m., or on May 2, between the hours of 3:00-7:00 p.m.
Each artist is limited to three entries, with a $25 entry fee being applied for the first piece, and $10 for each additional entry for adults, while TCAC members get a discounted rate of $15 for the first piece and $5 for additional submissions.
The entry fee for a full-time adult student is $20, and $7 for any additional work, while students 18 years and under can participate for a $10 entry fee, and opt to pay $5 for the submission of multiple pieces.
Jr. TCAC members will be asked to pay $5 to enter, with no additional charge for extra entries.
All submissions must be the artist’s original work, and should be either priced or marked not for sale.
Each two-dimensional work of art must have a tag attached to the back, bottom-left corner and
sculptures must have required information attached out of sight.
Each exhibitor must complete the entry form and submit it at the same time work is entered on the receiving date, along with the entrance fee. The form must be signed as verification when work is picked up at the close of the exhibit. TCAC has the discretion to make exceptions to the entry requirements including sizes.
Artworks of any medium are welcomed to join. These could include drawings, textiles, graphics, mixed media, acrylics, watercolors, oils and sculptures. Commercially reproduced prints or photos will not be accepted.
The size of two dimensional work must not exceed 4’x4’ in either direction, and the maximum weight for a sculpture is 75 pounds, with a table display of 2’x1’x2’ and free standing dimensions of 2’x1’x4.
According to the entry form, all exhibited works marked for sale will be subject to a 30 percent commission fee.
During the awards ceremony on May 28, cash prizes will be presented to the Best of Show, First-Place Adult, Second-Place Adult, Third-Place Adult and People’s Choice, as well as first through third place titles for the youth category.
The Annual Memorial Day Juried Art Exhibit, which was the first project of the TCAC in 1996, was formed to be a part of the Grafton Memorial Day Celebration and has become a must see event during the town’s annual Spirit of Grafton Celebration.
“Mark your calendar now to attend one or both of these events,” voiced TCAC member Vicki Aucremanne. “If you have questions about entering, you can call 304-265-5500 to get more information. And if the times that we have set aside to bring art in won't work for you, you can also call or message to make an appointment for an alternate time.”