Exhibition open to emerging artists

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By Heather Lusk

Aritsts of all ages, ability and mediums can bring their creations to the SullivanMunce Cultural Center Nov. 19 and have it exhibited for a month in “First Come, First Hung.”

“It’s a good starting point for people,” SullivanMunce Executive Director Cynthia Young said. “The very first time you show your work, it’s nerve-wracking, even if it’s one piece in a show like this.”

The “First Come, First Hung” event began when the art center opened in 1981 as a way to celebrate artists of all skill levels.

In previous years, SullivanMunce only accepted a limited number of works, requiring artists to stand in line in the early hours to ensure a spot. Now it’s open to anyone who brings their art to the gallery at 205 W. Hawthorne St. between 10 a.m. and noon.

“It’s fun to see all different kinds of artists’ visions,” Young said.

Art must be ready to hang with wire so it will work with the art center’s hanging system.

“It would be a proud moment (for artists), I think, to see (their art) hanging in a gallery,” Young said.

Visitors to SullivanMunce can cast a People’s Choice Award vote in three categories: adult, teen and youth. Young has seen submissions such as paintings, ceramics, quilts and hand-painted items.

Artists have the option of selling their art during the exhibit, with a portion of proceeds benefiting SullvanMunce. Young encourages new artists to try selling their work.

“When (artists) first start working, they’re afraid to let go of anything,” she said.

Members and youth may exhibit one item for free. For adult non-members, there is a $15 fee.

For more, visit sullivanmunce.org/call-for-entries.


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