Imaginative or fanciful; remote from reality. Oxford English Dictionary
a. Based on or existing only in fantasy; unreal: fantastic mythological creatures; the fantastic realms of science fiction.
b. Strange or fanciful in form, conception, or appearance.
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This year the South Haven Center for the Arts is celebrating Frida Kahlo’s garden at Casa Azul, her lifelong refuge and inspiration. In celebration of indigenous Mexican culture, it featured a range of plants and animals native to her home country. In her studio, Frida painted still lifes and self-portraits exploding with the colors and shapes of these plants and animals.
We invite you to submit your visions of the fantastical flora and fauna that live in your imagination.
What’s growing in your garden?
This call is open to all artists 18 years of age or over in the following states: Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. All work must be the original work of the artist and completed in the last three years. We reserve the right to decline any work that is substantially different from the submitted images, or is not professionally presented. The exhibition will be presented online in a virtual image gallery on our website, southhavenarts.org. Artists may submit up to 3 pieces of art.
Juror for the exhibition:
Stephanie Lewis Robertson
Much like a musical conversation, Stephanie Lewis Robertson sings to her hand-dyed and –printed fabrics while she works. Spirituality, ritual, nature, music, the concept of the “last worst time” and the current state of the world serve as the inspiration for the fabric and paper constructions.
Ms. Robertson is the Program Chair for Fine Arts at Ivy Tech Community College, Central Indiana region. She holds a MFA (1994, University of Georgia) and a BFA (1981, Miami University) in Fabric Design. Her work is included in several corporate and private collections and she is also a teaching artist with Arts for Learning of Indiana.
In 2017, she was accepted into Religion Spirituality and the Arts V. Among her other awards and grants are three Individual Artists Grants from the Indiana Arts Commission, an Arts in the Park grant (2017), Second Place for Three Dimensional Work in Artistry in Fiber 2016 and Best of Show, Artistry in Fiber 2014, Second Place (2015) and First and Third Place (2011) in Surface Design at the Indiana State Fair, recipient of the Stutz Artists Association Studio Space in 2002, and an Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Fellowship in 2001.
Some of her exhibitions include Invocations: Reliquaries for the Discarded (Artsplace, Portland, IN), Tiny IV, V, VI and VII (Gallery 924, Indianapolis, IN), Ivy Tech Community College Arts and Design Faculty Show (Gallery 924, Indianapolis, IN), Wrestling with the Infinite (Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, IN), TBI Prayers (Indianapolis International Airport), and The Infinite Moment of Now (Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN)
Entry Fees: There is a $30.00 entry fee for up to three pieces of artwork entered; presentation is by digital JPG image files. Prospective entrants to the exhibition are required to submit images of each of their desired entries in a jpeg format, up to three pieces can be entered. In addition, each work requires a title, and a brief statement explaining how the piece relates to the theme Fantastical Flora and Fauna Payments by credit card at time of entry through Cafe (www.callforentry.org) or check or money order payable to South Haven Center for the Arts.
If you are an Artist Member of the South Haven Center for the Arts, you are eligible for a discount to the entry fee. Artist members receive $10 off the entry fee. If you are an artist member of the SHCA, please contact us before submitting your entry so we can share the coupon code with you.
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Awards: $200 1st Place Best in Show, $100 2nd Place
Schedule of Events:
Entry deadline: Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 11:59 pm (MT) at www.callforentries.org
Jury Date: Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Notification of accepted work emailed by: Saturday, September 12, 2020
Images emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by: Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Virtual Opening Reception on ZOOM and award announcements:
Friday, September 25 5-6 PM (EST)