Artfest bringing scores of regional artists downtown

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Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 9:08 am

Next week through April, the Mooresville Artist Guild will don its artistic finest while holding its 35th annual Spring Artfest.

From March 26 to April 26, the Depot Arts Center downtown will host works by guild members and artists from throughout the region. A public reception for the artists will be held April 12 from 6-8 p.m.

Show chairperson Joyce Palmgren is hoping to attract artists that are not already guild members to participate in the show in hopes that they may be interested in joining later.

“When you have a guild like ours, we look for people who are up and coming and help them get to a place where they can be juried,” she said. “These are the people we’re trying to find.”

Last year’s show featured about 218 pieces from 79 artists, ranging from pottery to paintings. Palmgren said she again hopes to have about 200 pieces of artwork on display.

“Everything from abstract, woodwork, pottery, mixed media, and paintings will be shown,” she said. “The guild really needs to promote art from all over especially from young people in hopes that they will want to join and come back.”

Artists over the age of 18 are invited to enter the show and are asked to bring their works for display between Friday, March 22, from 3-5 p.m., Saturday, March 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday March 24, from noon to 2 p.m.

Artist may submit up to a total of three entries; however, photography and work created by computer will not be accepted during the spring show.

Work should have been completed after January 1, 2011, and not entered in any previous judged show sponsored by the Guild. The cost to enter is $25 for members and $35 for non-members, with entries due by March 24.

All submissions to the show, which is sponsored by Speedball, will be displayed in the art depot’s four galleries and will be for sale desired for sale, unless otherwise specified.

Judges for the show include Don Moore, who retired after 32 years as the Art Program Coordinator at Mitchell Community College in Statesville.

Categories to be judged include oil or acrylic two dimensional paintings, watercolor and all other water media, all other two dimensional works -- pencil, pastel, pen & ink, collage, print--and three dimensional works.

Regular gallery hours are from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. For more information or questions regarding the show contact Palmgren at joycepinnc@aol.com, or call 704-660-6327.

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