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by Sally Jacobs, posted by Deb Shaw

Cover of the Call for Entries PDF brochure for "2016 California Open Exhibition" at TAG Gallery, in Bergamot Station Arts Center, Santa Monica, California.

Cover of the Call for Entries PDF brochure for “2016 California Open Exhibition” at TAG Gallery, in Bergamot Station Arts Center, Santa Monica, California.

I’m writing about a juried show sponsored by my gallery, TAG, at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica. It’s the “California Open” which we’ve held for many years now. It’s a great show, well-juried, well-attended and a terrific showcase. This year it is juried by Kent Twitchell, who is known to appreciate representational art. Current TAG members are not allowed to enter.

ABOUT THE 2016 CALIFORNIA OPEN
The 11th Annual California Open is a juried exhibition celebrating contemporary art created by emerging artists. The competition is hosted by TAG Gallery, an artist-owned gallery located at Bergamot Station Arts Center that features emerging and mid-career artists of Southern California.

Deadline for Entries: July 3, 2016

Exhibition Dates: August 10 – 26, 2016
Reception and Awards Ceremony: Saturday, August 13, 5 – 8 pm

Download a PDF brochure, CAOpenProspectus2016Final, with the Call for Entries; click this link for Prospectus and Instructions for Submission

AWARDS
First Place $1,000
Second Place $500
Third Place $250
Honorable Mentions (3)

TAG Gallery is located at:
Bergamo Station Arts Center
2525 Michigan Ave., D3
Santa Monica, CA 90404 310.829.9556
Tuesday-Saturday, 11 am – 5 pm

ABOUT THE JUROR: KENT TWITCHELL
Kent Twitchell is an American muralist who is most active in Los Angeles. He is most famous for his larger-than-life mural portraits, often of celebrities and artists. His murals are realism, not photorealism, according to Twitchell. He painted his first signed murals in 1971, “Steve McQueen Monument” in Downtown LA and “Strother Martin Monument” in Holly wood. Kent has painted ”The Hollywood Freeway Lady,” ”The Bride & Groom,” monuments to visual artists Ed Ruscha, Lita Albuquerque, Jim Morphesis, Gary Lloyd and others. He painted the “LA Marathon Mural” in Inglewood, the “LA Chamber Orchestra” in Downtown LA, the “Dr. J Monument” in Philadelphia and two “Monuments to Will Rogers” on the historic California Theatre in San Bernardino, among other murals. He is in the permanent collections of the LA County Museum of Art, the Chicago Art Institute, the Boise Art Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, the Vincent Prince Art Museum, the Long Beach Museum of Art and many private collections. He has also completed three murals in the main lobby of the historic Bob Hope Patriotic Hall in Downtown LA, a 40′ tall “Ruby Dee Monument” on the historic Karamu House Theatre in Cleveland, and a new “Freeway Lady” mural at LA Valley College for the 40th anniversary of the original mural. He has taught at LA City College, Otis College of Art & Design, California State University, LA, Biola University, Pasadena City College and LA County High School for the Arts. He is currently MFA Mentor/Advisor at Laguna College of Art & Design.

by Lori Vreeke, posted by Deb Shaw

Flower images photographed by Lori Vreeke at the Santa Barbara Zoo, © 2015, all rights reserved.

Flower images photographed by Lori Vreeke at the Santa Barbara Zoo, © 2015, all rights reserved.

BAGSC will be holding a juried exhibition at the Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens, entitled “Zoo in Bloom”.

All current BAGSC members in good standing are eligible to enter up to two (2) original works of art of botanical flowering specimens grown at the zoo (no prints).  Artwork must depict plants that grow at the Zoo, but does not have to be drawn there. There is no size limitation, and works may have been shown in previous BAGSC, ASBA, Filoli or other exhibitions.

The exhibition will continue through the end of the 2015 and will be open every day to visitors of the zoo. Due to space constraints, this will be a juried show with approximately 30 pieces of art hung. Jurors will be a zoo representative, a local Southern California juror and a juror from the UK. All original artwork must be for sale, prints not allowed.

Submission Deadline is September 5, 2015. Questions? Contact Lori Vreeke.

Flower images photographed by Lori Vreeke at the Santa Barbara Zoo, © 2015, all rights reserved.

Flower images photographed by Lori Vreeke at the Santa Barbara Zoo, © 2015, all rights reserved.

A plant list and the Call for Entries packet will be emailed to BAGSC members.

The opening reception for this wonderful opportunity will be in conjunction with the gala celebrating Santa Barbara Zoo Members Day, running from 9:00am – 5:00pm on Saturday, October 3, 2015. BAGSC artists will be  demonstrating throughout the day in the gardens and an information table will be set up to answer any questions about our exhibit and BAGSC. Sign-up requests to follow.

The Santa Barbara zoo is home to over 600 animals on 30 acres of lush gardens overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  The property was originally  home to a private residence and was gifted to the city as a park. In 1963, the zoo opened to the public featuring formal gardens and lawns, native plants and trees, cacti and succulents, ornamentals and exotic species throughout the park to recreate natural habitat.

Flower images photographed by Lori Vreeke at the Santa Barbara Zoo, © 2015, all rights reserved.

Flower images photographed by Lori Vreeke at the Santa Barbara Zoo, © 2015, all rights reserved.

alert sent by GNSI member Miste Caulder, posted by Deb Shaw

Orange County Creatives in Laguna Beach, CA has a call for entries out for their 2015 exhibition, “Flora and Fauna.” Entry deadline is August 15, 2015; the entry fee for one – five artworks is $35.00, with a media fee to place the image on the website (per sample over minimum) of $5.00.

The exhibition is juried, and celebrates all the plants and animals of all regions and times, from artists around the world. Information about the exhibition and the link to the exhibition application can be found on the website.

Orange County Creatives is located at:
761 S Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
978-473-9658
Hours: M-W 1 to 5 F 1 to 5, Sat and Sun 11 to 5
First Thursday of the month 6 to 9

by Norma Sarkin, posted by Deb Shaw

Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitchell Englander has put out a call for art to be displayed in the Council District Twelve Community Service Center. All artists in the San Fernando Valley area (including botanical artists) are invited to participate in this event.

The 2015 Art Show is a celebration of the rich and unique culture in the San Fernando Valley. The Art Show coordinators are looking for artwork created by local artists to be displayed for five months in the Community Service Center, located at 9207 Oakdale Avenue in Chatsworth. By providing a gallery space for local artists, San Fernando Valley is hoping to raise awareness of the arts and foster a more culturally rich community.

The show is open to all local San Fernando Valley artists. Entries in the following media categories will be accepted: painting, drawing, mixed media, printmaking, photography, sculpture, and ceramics.

The deadline for submission of new work is Tuesday, January 13 and the show will be on Thursday, January 22, 2015. Any questions about this exhibit, or any artists interested in submitting artwork, should contact Alexa Meyers via email, or by phone at (818) 882-1212.

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