ARTISTS: See the “How Do I Submit?” section in the FAQ below to submit art now! DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL JANUARY 23
We invite artists to exhibit or perform their original pieces as representations of our theme, “Light. Life. Love.” The evening will feature a gallery of a variety of visual art mediums, musical performances and readings of poetry, spoken word and much more. Light refreshments will also be served.
THEME: LIGHT. LIFE. LOVE.
Light: revelation. Opening of eyes to what was invisible. Focusing our attention on something important.
Life: the wonder of life in all its forms. New life where there once was lifelessness. Small and big things that make life meaningful.
Love: The binding of our lives together in shared purpose. The establishment of families, churches, schools, communities. Words and actions that show the love of God and neighbor.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Genesis 1:3
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life… John 14:6a
…the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13b
Visual Art: Selected work will be exhibited February 5th and 6th. The exhibit will be unveiled at the Arts Collective Event on February 5th in the Family Life Center and will remain up the following day for viewing before and after Sunday morning services.
Performance Art: Selected work will be performed in the Family Life Center on February 5th at the Creative Arts Collective Event.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many pieces may I submit?
You may submit up to 4 pieces to either perform or display. However, most likely, not all 4 pieces will be selected for the collective. Pieces will be selected depending on space and connection to the theme.
I don’t understand the theme. Can I just submit something I drew a long time ago?
The arts collective is meant to encourage you to open up your creativity in the present. We strongly encourage you to create something new or to submit something from the past 5 years that relates to the current theme. Please feel free to call George Searcy to talk through this theme for more clarity.
I’m not a professional artist. I just do this for fun. Is this collective for me?
All ages and skill levels are invited to participate! Don’ be scared. This is a very encouraging, loving community.
I don’t belong to Eastern Shore Presbyterian Church. Can I still submit?
Yes! Whether you attend, are a member, or just stumbled upon this collective randomly, you are welcome to submit. However, this collective should be viewed as a way to respond to God and his action in the world. Eastern Shore Presbyterian Church values artists and their God given gifts.
Can I sell my artwork?
Creating art is hard work and expensive and we understand that artists need to make a living. Feel free to leave business cards at your exhibit and your contact information on your artist statement for potential buyers to reach you outside of the gallery. Displaying price tags and collecting money during the event hours is not allowed.
How do I submit?
Registrations/submissions will be open January 1-23. Send pictures of each piece along with its dimensions and type of medium. You must also submit a 100 word (or less) artist statement. If you are doing a performing arts piece, you will need to submit a recording. To submit work, send the requested information in this paragraph via email to email@example.com
I don’t know how to write an artist statement. Can I opt out?
You are not alone. A lot of people dread writing this, but I encourage you to try. This is your chance to have your voice heard and for the congregation of Eastern Shore Presbyterian to get to know you. It can be short and sweet. Some people choose to write about their specific piece, while others choose to write a bio about themselves. Both are acceptable. Reach out to George at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need help.
When will I know which of my pieces will be exhibited?
You will get an email within a week of your submission letting you know that your submission was received. If you don’t receive an email within a week, please contact email@example.com to make sure your submission was received. A follow up email will be sent to all registrants the last week of January to let you know which pieces will be exhibited.
I won’t be in town the evening of the event. Can I still exhibit?
You do not have to be present to exhibit your work. However, all artwork must be set up the day of the event and stay up through Sunday morning. (No early tear down is allowed.) Artwork cannot be stored at Eastern Shore Presbyterian Church after 2:00 p.m. on February 6th. If you can’t be present, make sure you arrange to have a trusted friend or family member be in charge of setting up and tearing down.
When do I drop off my artwork?
Plan on blocking out the morning of February 5th for set up. (8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.). You will receive an email with more detail a couple of weeks out from the event with more details for set up/tear down.
For other questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 251-210-2110.