Call Detail
Red, White, and Blue
Loading Dock Gallery
122 Western Avenue Box 127
Lowell, MA 01851

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Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: Regional
State: Massachusetts
Event Dates: 10/2/20 - 11/1/20
Entry Deadline: 9/11/20
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3
Entry Fee (Red, White, and Blue): $35.00

October 2 – November 1, 2020
Gallery Reception to be Announced

In conjunction with the 6th Annual Poetry Convergence

Art is a great source of communication, healing and reflection. During this time of individual and national soul-searching, art may also be the great connector.

In this month preceding the national election, The Loading Dock Gallery is posing the question “What do the colors red, white, and blue represent to you?” Artists, using a variety of media, will be revealing what the colors evoke in them. This show may include memories, celebrations, symbols, ideals, perceptions of duty, democracy, elements of our Constitution or history, or the opportunities provided by this “Great Experiment” (pro and con) entitled the American Dream.

Let us connect to what is true and authentic about our views of Red, White and Blue.

6th Annual Poetry Convergence

Invited area poets will preview the exhibit and create poems for the work that evokes a response in them.  The poems will be recited in the gallery and recorded for the gallery website. This is a much-loved reading of newly written poetry inspired by the art of The Loading Dock Gallery’s exhibition. This Convergence will be a “must-see”!

Entry Fee: Non-members: $35 for three entries.  Loading Dock Gallery members: $25 for three entries.  Loading Dock Gallery members must use the CaFE coupon for the discount. Limited to three  entries per artist. Fees are non refundable.

Eligibility: Open to artists over 18 years of age, in the New England region.

Requirements: Entries must be original artworks completed within the last five years. No reproductions. All artworks must be for sale. Video, projection, and performance will not be considered.

Guidelines for Artwork:  2D work can be no larger than 48" wide or 72" high including frame, no more than 50 lbs., and must be hang ready with its own hanging hardware suitable for drywall surfaces. No sawtooth hangers. Large framed artwork must use non-breakable glazing. Pieces without hanging hardware will not be included in the exhibition.

3-D work can be free-standing, pedestal or wall hung with no restriction on material. Free-standing work must not weigh more than 50 lbs., and can be no larger than 6' 0" in any dimension while structurally suitable for an indoor open floor plan gallery environment. Wall mounted work can weigh no more than 50 lbs. and extend no more than 12” from the wall and 48" in the longest dimension. Artwork must be provided with its own artist installed hanging hardware suitable to support its total weight on drywall surfaces with no special safety requirements accepted. No sawtooth hangers. 
The Loading Dock Gallery reserves the right to reject works judged too fragile or unstable for display, that differ from the digital image(s) or description submitted or which are found to be not professionally presented. All work must be original (no reproductions). Artworks will be chosen for content consistent with the theme of the show.

Accepted Artists: Accepted artists will be notified by email by September 16, 2020.

Delivery: Accepted work can be hand delivered to the Loading Dock Gallery, 122 Western Avenue Studios, Lowell MA, 01851 starting on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 during gallery hours or by appointment. The cut-off for all deliveries is Tuesday, September 29. Artwork that has not been received by Tuesday, September 29 will not be accepted.

All shipped artwork must include pre-paid return postage/shipping label for FedEx or UPS.  All artwork should be packaged in a manner that will allow for the materials to be re-used for return shipping. Do not ship artwork with packing peanuts, popcorn, or Styrofoam materials. Artists are responsible for round-trip insurance.

Removal: Pick up of unsold work begins Monday November 2, 2020 during gallery hours and by appointment. Works not picked up by Sunday, November 15 will be considered abandoned and become the property of the Loading Dock Gallery. All shipped artwork must include prepaid return postage/shipping label for FedEx or UPS.  In the case of inadequate or nonexistent postage, works will be considered abandoned and become the property of the Loading Dock Gallery. Artwork to be shipped will be returned within 2 weeks following the closing date of the exhibition.

Insurance: The Loading Dock Gallery insures objects on loan while they are at the Gallery. Works are not insured in transit to and from the Gallery and beyond the designated pick-up days. The price/insurance valuation should reasonable reflect the value of the artwork. Proof of valuation will be required should a claim be filed. There is a $500.00 deductible on each item. The Gallery will not be responsible for damage of artwork that has been deemed by Gallery personnel as too fragile, unstable, or improperly prepared for hanging. This work will not be accepted into the show.

Photography/Publicity: The Loading Dock Gallery reserves the right to photograph work for publicity. By entering your work in the exhibition you agree to the use of your name, likeness, certain personal information, and artwork in any publicity material developed for the show.

Sales/ Commission: ​The Loading Dock Gallery requires 40% commission and the credit card fee, if one from work sold by non-members. The sale price should include commission. Artists will receive payment within 15 days following the close of the exhibit.

Important dates: 
9/11/20 Deadline to Submit
9/15/11 Notification of Acceptance by Email
9/16/20 Hand Delivery and Shipping Begin
9/29/20 Deadline for Artwork to Arrive at the Gallery
10/2/20 Exhibition Opens
11/1/20 Exhibition Closes
11/2/20 Return of Shipped Artwork Begins
11/2/20 In Gallery Pick Up Begins
1/15/20 Deadline for Pick Up of Artwork

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