ArtScape entries deadline is Friday
Posted: March 7, 2013
The Winchester Star
Winchester — The Shenandoah Arts Council is making its last call for entries into ArtScape 2013.
The deadline for the fifth annual art competition and outdoor gallery experience is 5 p.m. Friday at the gallery, 811 S. Loudoun St., Executive Director Tracy Marlatt said.
The program will feature 32 banners, each displaying a different piece of artwork, hung in Old Town Winchester, she said. Organizers want a wide range of artwork, including paintings, photographs, sculptures and mixed media.
They also hope there will be an increase in artists 18 and under who submit their work to help give ArtScape a broader perspective, she said.
“It is always great to get the landscapes, which are representative of the Valley, but it is also wonderful to get the abstract as well so we can bridge traditional to contemporary,” Marlatt said.
There are separate applications for children 18 and under and adults 19 and older. Each applicant must complete the entry form and pay an application fee, which is $5 for the youth and $25 for adults ($20 for SAC members).
A jury will meet March 13 at the gallery to choose the artwork from the entries. This year’s jury members are watercolor artist Eugene Smith and Gale Bowman-Harlow, founder of Opus Oaks Studio Fine Arts School in Berryville.
The selected works will be professionally photographed for the banners, which will go up in Old Town after construction is complete on the Loudoun Street Mall, she said. The original pieces are later sold at a SAC event as another fundraiser.
State College, Pa.-based HRI Inc. is being paid $7.1 million to replace underground infrastructure along the Loudoun Street Mall, install a new surface and add some ground-level amenities. The project’s cost includes $700,000 for public bathrooms, gateway entrances and a splashpad water feature.
Construction is to be completed by April 30. HRI has until May 31 to finish the landscaping.
It’s the pedestrian mall’s first major renovation since it was built in 1974, covering about 1,600 feet between Piccadilly and Cork streets.
The whole premise of ArtScape is to create an outdoor art gallery that sets Winchester apart from other towns, she said.
“We have all been in small town communities where the banners say ‘Welcome to small town USA.’ It is the same banner over and over,” Marlatt said. “These are 32 unique piece of art. It makes strolling down the walking mall more interesting.”
ArtScape is a program created by SAC and the Old Town Development Board. It is funded by corporate sponsors, whose names are placed on the banners along with the artwork.
Marlatt is looking for local businesses and organizations that would like to be sponsors.
— Contact Laura McFarland at firstname.lastname@example.org