Arts Council of Tamworth’s primary summer activity is its Annual Art Show & Sale at Runnells Hall in Chocorua the last full weekend of July (July 29-31), and Art in the Park, an outdoor sale of smaller works of art such as note cards and matted prints on Chocorua Day, Saturday, July 30. (You can view photos of the 2009 Art Show & Sale here and here, and of 2010′s here.)
ACT invites local and visiting artists, both professional and amateur, to share their work with the community. The art show is a great opportunity for collectors wanting to discover new artists and for those looking to purchase art for their own homes. It allows emerging artists a chance to go public, and for professional artists can be an opportunity to share work that is different in some way from the work they show in galleries: experiments in some new medium, for example. The Art Show is a delight every year, with so much diversity of style and media—wonderful to see what our friends and neighbors have been doing all winter. Each artist can submit up to three pieces in any media, at least one of which must be offered for sale.
Art in the Park is open to any artist who is registered to exhibit in the Art Show. For an additional $10 registration fee, artists have access to a 4’ by 6’ space on the (closed) street outside Runnells Hall. Artists bring their own table and are responsible for setting up and manning their booth. The sale will be advertised in advance, and will benefit from the festive atmosphere surrounding Chocorua Day, an always well-attended event. Other booths will be selling food and white elephant items, the Art Show will be open to the public all day, the Chocorua Library will host its annual Book & Bake Sale, and additional activities are planned, as well.
Interested artists can download an Art Show registration form with all show details here, and an Art in the Park registration form here, or call Myles Grinstead at 323-5444 for more information. Download a show flyer to email or hand to an artist friend here. The deadline for registering is Saturday, July 9 and work must be dropped off on Thursday, July 28, between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. The public is invited to meet the artists at the Artists’ Reception and Opening on Friday, July 29, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The show will be open on Saturday, July 30, and Sunday, July 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Art in the Park runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 30.