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02/03/2009: "Paint the Town- A Call For Artists"

Waterworks Gallery of Friday Harbor, Washington is coordinating a competition for artists in celebration of Friday Harbor's 1909 to 2009, Centennial Celebration. This show will occur during the Centennial Celebration of the town of Friday Harbor at waterworks gallery. The dates: Opening Saturday, May 2 with an evening artist's reception. The show ends Sunday, May 24, 2009. More informationL


waterworks gallery of Friday Harbor, Washington is coordinating a competition for artists in celebration of Friday Harbor’s 100th anniversary.
During 2008, artists are invited to paint their interpretations of the Town of Friday Harbor and enter their paintings in the juried show scheduled for Summer 2009.

100 years of Friday Harbor History

The Town of Friday Harbor has been the commercial, social, and cultural hub of San Juan Island since the 1890’s. A sheltered bay with deep water and good anchorage with an ample supply of fresh water set the stage for the town’s emergence as a center for commerce. Fruits, vegetables, dairy products, fish, timber and lime all shipped to domestic and foreign markets from Friday Harbor’s waterfront, where large wharves and warehouses accommodated the steamships of the “mosquito fleet”.

On February 9, 1909, Friday Harbor, encompassing 1.4 square miles, was officially incorporated as a Town. The Great Depression, World War II, the pea weevil, and competition from Eastern Washington growers brought about the decline of traditional Island industries. However, the 1960’s brought tourism and the appreciation of Friday Harbor’s picturesque qualities. Today Friday Harbor is busy and prosperous, but retains its small town nautical charm, boasting no stoplights or billboards!

This show will occur during the Centennial Celebration of the town of Friday Harbor at waterworks gallery.
The dates: Opening Saturday, May 2 with an evening artist’s reception.
The show ends Sunday, May 24, 2009.

* Open to all artists who reside in the United States.

* Artists may enter three paintings for the exhibit not to exceed 36 x 48 (framed).

* All work must be original. No copies, photography, or computer-generated work is eligible.

* Artwork must be completed during 2008 " 2009.

Subject of the artwork must be within the historic district town limits of Friday Harbor.
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Artists who wish to be considered must submit the following materials. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
1.Completed Application Form and $25 per entry.
2.One CD-R per applicant. Label the CD-R with your name, and contact information.
- File Format " Submit only high quality JPGs (do not use GIFs, TIFFs or other formats).
- Image Size " image must be maximum of 700 pixels on the longest dimension.
- File Labeling " File must be titled, followed by the artist’s last name.
3.No embedded images in PowerPoint, moving images or audio files.
4.Sbmission Deadline " March 15, 2009. Include a check and completed application form. Send to: waterworks gallery p.o. box 28, Friday Harbor, WA 98250. Notice or acceptance/rejection will be sent via US Mail by March 29, 2009.
5.Include with your application a self-addressed, stamped envelope for the return of your materials.

Judge 1 Greg Robinson, Executive Director of The Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner
Judge 2 Kevin Loftus, Executive Director, San Juan Historical Museum, Friday Harbor
Judge 3 Ruth Offen, Director of waterworks gallery, Friday harbor


The judges will award a cash prize to the best judged entry.


The selected entries will be part of the poster produced to publicize the centennial event. A percentage of the sales of the poster will be donated to the San Juan Historical Museum, a 501(c)3, whose mission is to share and interpret the story of the peoples of the San Juan Island for future generations.


A sales commission of 50% is required by the gallery for all paintings sold. All work that is submitted must be for sale. All prices are final and cannot be changed during the exhibit.

March 15, 2009 Deadline for receipt of all entries " cd, email entries, and paperwork
March 29 Notification of Acceptance mailed
April 26 Deadline for shipped or hand-delivery to waterworks gallery
May 1 Private opening for historical museum & Friday Harbor officials
May 2 Exhibit opening with an evening reception artist’s reception
May 2 " 24 Exhibit
May 26- 28, 2009 Pick up paintings

Detailed information regarding shipping will be sent with acceptance notification. However, each accepted artist is responsible for the cost of transporting artwork to and from waterworks gallery. A $20 handling fee will be charged by the gallery for artwork that is shipped to the gallery without prepaid arrangements or prepaid shipping label in addition to shipping charges. Waterworks gallery will make every effort to protect submitted materials; however, it will not be responsible for any loss or damage.

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