20 - 25 artists will be selected to exhibit their work in a space specially designed and merchandised by interior designer, Katie Ballantine-Johnson, and staff of Visual Arts Minnesota. The goal of the experience is to cross merchandize artwork to make the audience better envision the work in their own settings. Artists of all genres are encouraged to participate: furniture, painting, drawings, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, and fiber art.
Thanks to the generosity of Michelle Massman, owner of the Women's Showcase, she has encouraged us to lower the cost of the experience to $60 (from the original $125!) in order to be as accessible as possible! The advantages of this opportunity include:
1. The Women's Showcase has a history of over 4000 guests in its 19 year history!
2. The exhibition space will be shared with other talented artists like yourself!
3. Fine Art and Craft will be intermingled in order to give the viewer new ideas of how to showcase art in their everyday life!
4. We merchandise it for you! (No setting up tents, booths, table clothes, etc!)
5. Do we need to point out that it is not outside?!
6. Space will be available for "cash sales"
7. Any participants in 2011 will get priority for the new and improved fine art display in the 2012 Women's Showcase!
"Being a design consultant evolved over the past twenty years. I worked in the field of psychology for many years during which I dabbled and occasionally flourished with my personal art, as well as building, demolishing, and creating spaces and structures. Over time folks began to actually pay me for my opinion about such things as color and space arrangement. And they allowed me to paint on their walls and take liberties with their surroundings. I have worn the hats of artist, landscape designer, wall finisher, business owner, retailer, and design consultant. When my graphic designer was putting together a logo for my former retail location (The Ballantine Company), he said that he asked five different people to describe my business and they all used the word "eclectic," which at his suggestion became the tag line for my logo (e-'klek-tik). I understood that to mean I have varied interests and couldn't commit. I believe he meant it kindly. As such, I bring the sum of my "eclectic" knowledge, skills and life experience to a project.
"Creating an environment is intensely personal. It's where I sleep, it's where I eat, it's perhaps where I work, and I want my space to be an outward expression of something inside that is uniquely mine. To that end, I have always incorporated regional artists into my work. Artists are visionaries, and are able to translate a "feeling" into something that is tangible. They are able to problem solve and transcend varying logistics of architectural applications. Over the years, regional artists have contributed cabinet and furniture knobs made from clay, stone, metal, and cedar tree roots. They have created clay sinks and tiles, concrete flooring and countertops, metal and wood vanity and table bases, bars, railings, and mirrors. They have finished walls and painted murals. Artists that I have worked with have the ability to meet a deadline and reproduce their work. It is the point of collaboration that excites me most: between myself, clients, artists, and contractors. The point where those players bring their highest creative selves and their varied skill sets and expertise to the table and say, how do we bring this concept to fruition? That's where the magic happens." -Katie Ballantine-Johnson
Deadline for Submission: September 5, 2011