On January 5th, I took a deep breath and walked my 2' x 4' Bailey Park piece into the beautiful old Carnegie Center for the Arts in Three Rivers, MI. I then plunked down my admission form, money and placed my piece against the wall along with hundreds of other pieces. On Saturday I got the little postcard in the mail that said YES. I juried into the Carnegie Center for the Arts area show!
I've tried to get into juried shows a few times over the years and have been rejected. There are so many incredibly talented artists out there. I got discouraged, took the easy way out and just stopped trying. Other artists continued to tell me that juried shows are very hit or miss. It is all up to the discretion of the juror (in this case 3 jurors) and their background, likes and dislikes. Basically, they are like most anyone looking at your artwork: they either like it or they don't. Well, the mind understands that. But, when you get the NO postcard, it still stings.
Anyway, Michigan and Indiana artists from a 17 county area were eligible to submit up to three pieces of any style or media. From what I saw along the many walls of the Center, I'm in good company. The opening is Sunday. I'll report back...