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The topic for September will be "A Christmas Scene"
The closing date for entries to this exhibition will be 16th October.
This month will be a slightly different format. We propose that six paintings will be chosen from all the entries, and those six paintings will be printed up as Christmas cards. They will be packaged and marketed as a pack of the six different images, and we hope to sell them through our Facebook pages and any other outlets that present themselves. We think the six card pack, with envelopes, will sell for $12.50.
There won’t be prizes for this exhibition, but the winners will get the payoff of their work being widely disseminated, and the paintings will still appear on the Facebook page with sale details, if you so wish. (By the way, we have recently sold a Monthly Masterpieces work through this Facebook site, which is very encouraging).
The size of the paintings would preferably be
31.5 x 44.5 or
52.5 x 74
This would make scaling the painting for printing much easier.
I think it would also help with the marketing of these cards if the works showed scenes of Launceston, and since we’ve had recent snow and you probably all have lots of pictures this might not be too difficult. I was thinking of City Park, the cold monkeys in the snow, and snow on the trees, kiddies throwing snowballs – that sort of thing.
I’m happy to discuss with you the question of this theme, or any other concerns you might have. Call Joanna on 0408624681.
We aren't limiting entries to specifically Christmas scenes, but will also consider any works you think might look well on a Christmas card - still lifes, pen and ink sketches, watercolours etc.
We must still adhere to the six criteria which I have reproduced below, just in case you don’t by now know it by heart.
The photographs you send us will form the basis for judging, and the criteria for this judging will be
- Mastery of materials – does the work exhibit a confidence with the chosen medium(s)
- Creativity and originality of subject matter – does the work portray the subject in an innovative and original manner
- Is the composition unified, does it draw the observer into the work?
- Value – do the tonal contrasts enhance the work?
- Colour – does the use of colour exhibit an understanding of colour relationships?
- Does the work have a “wow” factor?
The winning entry, and four or five others, will be published on our Facebook page and website, together with the judging commentary. As an added bonus, your work will be displayed with details of a purchase price, size and medium. Any prospective purchasers will be put in contact with you, and you may organise the sale and delivery of the work yourselves.
Want more? Those artworks that don’t make it to the Facebook page will still be scored on the above criteria, and we think this will provide you with some very useful feedback as to your strengths and weaknesses. The object of this exercise will be to give everyone a small degree of feedback on their work which we hope will be helpful to them.
There will be no entry fee for this, and we won’t be charging commissions, but if the enterprise is successful we hope to expand the scope of the exhibition.
Conditions of Entry
Call for entries closes on 16th October at 5pm. Your entry should take the form of a cropped photograph of the painting only - no frame. and should be accompanied by a statement of your name, email address, ph. No., the size of the painting, medium (paint and support), and price. (No entry form will be required, these details should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the photograph of your entry).
All entries will be judged by a panel of two of our distinguished members. The judges’ decisions will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
The artwork must be the original, unaided work of the artist, must have been completed in the four weeks allotted for the competition, and must not have been previously exhibited.
Submissions are limited to two works only.