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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Juried Show Information -- 2015

    Massena Artists Association
    Juried Art Exhibit

    February 10 through February 27, 2015
    Opening Reception – February 10, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Please read completely and Carefully

Eligibility: Open to all artists living within a 100 mile radius of Massena.  Original work only.

Entries should be no larger than 40" in either dimension.  May be on any subject.  Should have been completed during the last 3 years.  Limit of two (2) entries per artist.

All paintings must be suitably  framed for hanging.  For hanging, there must be wire attached to work.  Any other form of hanger will be rejected.  We reserve the right to reject work with unsound framing.

All work on paper must be matted, covered with glass or Plexiglas to protect the surface of the work, then framed.  Large pieces should have Plexiglas, to reduce their weight and fragility.

Media: The exhibition is open to all media, including oil & acrylic painting, pastel, watercolor, drawing, mixed media, sculpture, photography, and digital art.  (Please specify if your work has been digitally altered, manipulated, or enhanced.)

Entries: Should be delivered to Warren Memorial Library, 41 Glenn St., Massena, accompanied by a $15.00 (American) entry fee for either one or two pieces.  Canadian cash will be accepted at our bank’s current exchange rate.  No Canadian checks please.

Method of Entry: All forms should be filled out completely.  Fill out all three parts of the form for each piece.  Please print carefully.  This is the only info we have about you and your work.  Identification cards should be securely fastened to the work.  Entry forms may be duplicated.  Art work may also be shipped to: Art Show, Warren Memorial Library, 41 Glenn St, Massena, NY 13662.

Awards: Monetary awards will be presented for all First Place winners and for Best of Show.  Awards will be presented for all other places.

Sales: Work may be sold, by the artist, at the price listed on the entry form.  The Massena Artists Association will receive 25% commission on all sales.  Persons interested in

purchasing any artwork should contact the artist directly to make arrangements to pick up and pay for the work after the exhibit is over.

Liability: The Massena Artists Association and Warren Memorial Library do not assume responsibility for loss or damage to any work while on the premises.  Work is entered at the artist’s risk, although the Massena Artists Association and Warren Memorial Library will take all reasonable care.


Receipt of entries:

    Saturday, January 24, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
    Thursday, January 29, 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Friday, January 30, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Opening of Show:

    Reception: Tuesday, February 10, 6:30–8:30 pm
    Award Ceremony: 7:00 pm
    Pick up unhung work at opening reception, Feb 10.

Last Day of Exhibit:   Friday, February 27

Pick up work – Saturday, February 28, 10 am - 5 pm

Please strictly observe the hours for receiving work. Work should not be removed until Saturday.  All accepted work must remain on display for the duration of the exhibit.

Photographic rights: The Massena Artists Association has the right to photograph exhibited works for publicity purposes.

For further information, contact:

     Massena Artists Association
     PO Box 571, Massena, NY 13662
Or call:
    Cecilia Dewey, 315-769-6210
    or Dorothy Badger, 315-769-5571.

Juried Show Application

Massena Artists Association
Juried Art Exhibit Application

Please fill out all three cards for each entry.
Maximum entry – 2 pieces per artist.
(Print 2 copies to enter 2 pieces)
$15.00 entry fee to enter one or two pieces.

File Card                   






Price________________________Value_(if NFS)______________   

Age (if 16 or under)______________________________________   

Artists Notification               





Fasten to Entry                   







Age (if 16 or under)_______________________________________

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Schedule for 2014-15

    Schedule for 2014-15

Meetings are held at the Massena Public Library at 6:30 pm on the second Tuesday of every month from September through May.

Meeting Schedule:

    September 9
    October 14
    (No meeting November 11.  Library closed for Veterans Day)
    December 9
    January 13
    February 10
    March 10
    April 14
    May 12
Exhibit Schedule:

    Membership Show:

        Deliver work and hang show – Saturday, November 1, 10:00 am
        Reception and awards ceremony – Tuesday, November 4, 6:30 pm
        Pick up work – Saturday, November 15

    Juried Show:

        Receive work:    Saturday, January 24, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
                    Thursday, January 29, 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
                    Friday, January 30, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
        Judging:        Saturday, January 31
        Hang Show:        Saturday, February 7 – 10:00 am
        Reception and Awards Ceremony:     Tuesday, February 10, 6:30 pm
        Pick up work:        Saturday, February 28

Spring Show:

    We will decide later if our Spring Show will be another open exhibit, or a themed exhibit.  Both have been popular in the past.  Dates will be decided later.

Other Activities:

    To be determined later.  We may sponsor exhibits by individual artists, small groups of artists, or classes.  We may participate in community activities.  We probably will have a pot luck picnic at a member’s home in June. 

Saturday, December 31, 2011

What is a Juried Art Exhibit?


    A juried art exhibit is an exhibit in which judges decide which pieces of art are included in the show, as well as which pieces receive awards.


    We hire different judges every year.  We require them to be professionals,  which means they should  have a degree in art, and they must earn their living in the art field.  Some may earn their living solely from selling their creations, while others may be art teachers, or directors of a gallery, museum or arts council.  We expect them to be proficient in creating art in at least one of the media that we exhibit, and knowledgeable about all the other media.  They can not be MAA members, and they shouldn’t live in Massena.  (We want them to live close enough to have a reasonable distance to drive in February, but far enough so they don’t know many of our exhibitors.)


    They receive a small stipend, plus we buy their lunch on the day they are here.  They’re really doing us a favor by agreeing to judge, because they could earn more by spending the day in their studio than they do by coming here.


    That’s the $64,000 question.  Every judge is different.  Some of the factors they consider may be composition, skillful use of the materials, use of color, perspective, accuracy, creativity and originality.  Some may value using classic technique for each medium, while others may value the creative use of those same media.  Most insist on accurate perspective, but some find primitive work charming.  One judge may reject a piece, while next year’s judge may give it an award.  They will usually ignore or reject a piece if they suspect it’s not the artist’s original work.  (See page 2, “Original Art.”)  Since the majority of our artists do realistic work, we attempt to find judges who prefer to work in that genre themselves.


    The decision of the judges is final.  They’re the professionals.  We never try to override them, whether we agree with them or not.  There are usually some decisions that we wonder about, but we always accept them.


    We give them guidelines, primarily about the amount of display space we have available, and how many pieces we have room to hang.  We ask them to accept as many pieces as possible. 
And we ask them to be lenient with work submitted by children.

Original Art


    All work submitted to the Massena Artists Association’s Annual Juried Art Exhibit must be original.  So just what do we mean by “original art.?”

    Essentially, it means that you, the artist, must be the sole creator of the work.  The composition of the piece must be yours, and you must also produce the work.

    There was a controversy at a recent exhibit when a copy of a Bob Ross painting received an award.  Although it was attractive and very skillfully produced, it was not the artist’s original composition, and many feel that it should not have been considered for an award. 

Are “program paintings” original art?

    No.  There are several talented artists who have produced interesting and informative TV programs on art.  Many give step-by-step directions on how to reproduce their original compositions.  It is possible to buy books, videos, and DVD’s that allow the student to follow the steps at their own pace.  No matter how skillful you become, if you produce artwork by this method, it’s not your original work, and should not be entered in a juried show. 

What about class projects?

    Maybe.  It depends on the class.  There are instructors who become certified by the TV artists to teach their specific methods.  If you have taken a class where the instructor leads you step-by-step through the production of a copy of his work, (or of the TV artist’s work) then the product is not your original composition, and should not be entered..

    However, if the instructor demonstrates certain techniques, then tells you to paint something using that technique, the product is your own creation.  Even if he sets up a still life for you to paint, or tells you, “paint that birch tree in the yard,” you still make many decisions about the composition, the paints you use, how to mix the paints, how much of the background to include, etc.  Everyone in the class will have a different interpretation of the same subject, and you will all have original paintings, even though they are similar.

What about reference material?

    It depends.  Very few artists know enough about animal anatomy to paint an animal without looking either at the animal or at a good photo of one.  Unless you paint outdoors,  you probably will  need reference material to paint a particular scene or building.  If you’re using a photo you took yourself, there’s no problem.  But don’t make a copy of someone else’s work, whether it’s a famous painting, or a pretty picture you found on a calendar.  Copying someone else’s work may be a helpful learning tool for students, and if you like the product, you may hang it on your own wall.  But it’s not acceptable to claim it as your own work, or to enter it in a juried art exhibit. 

Friday, September 16, 2011

Membership Application

    PO Box 571, Massena, NY 13662

    Membership Application

Date:_______________________            Phone:______________________________


Address: ______________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________    E-Mail:_____________________________

Type of Membership (Mark one)

    Single                $15.00            All Memberships are now due
    Family              25.00            in September!
    Student              10.00
    Senior (62)              10.00
    Business              50.00
    Corporate             100.00

    Please take a moment to answer the following questions:

What medium do you work with?__________________________________________________

Will you display your work in our shows? ___________________________________________

Are you interested in a one person show? ____________________________________________

Can you attend monthly meetings? _________________________________________________

Can you work on shows? _________________________________________________________

Are you interested in “Tips & Techniques” at our meetings? _____________________________

What type would you like to see?  Speakers? Demos? Films? Discussions? _________________

What can the Massena Artists Association do to serve you better? ________________________


    Please return your check to the Association
    Any questions?  Call Dorothy Badger at 769-557l or Cecilia Dewey at 769-6210

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Mission Statement

     The Massena Artists Association is a group of people with an interest in the visual arts who try to promote the arts in Northern New York.  MAA sponsors several art exhibits in Massena every year.  Each winter they organize the Annual Juried Show, which attracts a large variety of excellent work from nearly 100 professional and amateur regional artists.  Each fall the Annual Membership Show showcases the most recent work of MAA members.  A Spring Art Show is open to anyone in the community who would like to display their work.  Other exhibits may feature the work of individual artists, or work done by art classes.
    MAA would like to increase our service to North Country Artists, but to do this, we need your input and suggestions.  Do you have ideas for classes or demonstrations?  Are you willing to teach a class or demonstrate your favorite techniques?    Do you know of other ways to promote the arts in the North Country?  If so, please join our group, and share your ideas with us.
    MAA membership is open to everyone with an interest in the visual arts.  Amateur, professional, commercial and student artists, educators, crafters, and art lovers are all welcome.  Meetings are held the second Tuesday  of each month at 6:30 pm at the Massena Public Library.  All meetings are open to the public.