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Monday, October 5, 2015

Massena Artists Association
Members Show

November 10-20, 2015

The Massena Artists Association will be holding their Members Show at the Massena Public Library from November 10-20, 2015.

Please deliver your work to the library between 10:00 and 11:00 am on Saturday, November 7.  The Opening Reception will be Tuesday, November 10 at 6:30 pm.  Take Down is Saturday, November 21.  Work may not be removed until after the show is over.  It must remain on display through the end of the last day of the exhibit November 20.

This is a member show, meaning that you must be a member of MAA to enter. All artists, whatever their level of skill are invited to enter. A membership form is included below.

Two dimensional work must be framed and have a wire attached for hanging.  Works on paper should be matted and framed under glass or plexiglass to protect the surface of the work.  Larger work should be glazed with plexiglass to reduce the weight and fragility of the work.  Work may be no larger than 40 inches in either dimension. 

Each artist may submit up to 3 pieces.  Each piece must be accompanied by a $1.00 entry fee.  Work may be for sale.  MAA will receive a 25% commission on any work sold as a result of the show, so price your work to include the commission.  Persons interested in purchasing any work should contact the artist directly, to make arrangements to pick up and pay for the work after the exhibit ends.

Please fill out a file card, an identification card for the back of your work, and a display label for each entry.  If you need more, you may duplicate the forms.

Extra forms can be picked up at the Massena Public Library, or can be printed from    If you have any questions, e-mail Peggy Mooers at or Eileen Boots at

File card  (to be filled out with work submitted for the shows)             

Sale Price___________________________


Attach to back of work

Sale Price___________________________


Display Label





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.