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CALL FOR ARTISTS: all ages, all disciplines, and skills to submit works to “ROOTS: A Black Heritage Art Show” to Open in January in Jackson CA

During Black History Month, AmadorArts is proud to present “ROOTS: A Black Heritage Art Show”. This landmark exhibit will celebrate the contributions of Black Americans with a presentation of art and artistry by our fellow citizens. The celebration of art and culture in America recognizes the contribution of all our various citizens over the course of our history.

Black History Month is an established, nationally recognized observance that honors the lives, experiences, and history of Blacks in America. For almost 50 years, it has reminded us of the extraordinary men and women who achieved incredible things often in the face of unimaginable injustice and inequality. All too often the contributions of Black Americans, as well as those of women and other marginalized groups, have been forgotten or purposely relegated into the obscurity of a lost history amid bigotry and discrimination. Since Africans arrived on the shores of North America some 400 years ago, they have made significant contributions to the American motif in various fields including art, music, science, politics, technology, geographic exploration and industry. 

This year, whatever your background and whoever you are, we hope that you will embrace Black History Month and everything it represents. AmadorArts would like people to have a better understanding of African American culture and what it means to be recognized for contributions to the community in which we live. “Roots” is a perfect art show for all artists who want to nurture intercultural and inclusive rural communities.

As an interesting tidbit, local historians report that Alex Haley made the final compilation of his famous novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family from within the old Volcano Schoolhouse, which he rented for that project. In addition, here is a link “Documenting The History Of African-Americans In The California Gold Rush”: http://www.kolumnmagazine.com/2016/09/19/documenting-history-african-americans-california-gold-rush/

Significant Dates:

  • Notification of intent emailed to cynthia.amadorarts@gmail.com from 11/5/2019 to 12/20/2019 with the subject line “Intent to Submit Roots Art Show”
  • Roots Art Show Agreements due back by 12/23/2019
  • Information on ‘About Artist’ and ‘About Artwork’ text due 1/3/2020 with the subject line “Roots About Artist/Artwork”
  • Artwork delivered to AmadorArts 1/13-16/2020
  • Show Opens 1/24/2020
  • Public reception 1/31/2020, free and open from 4-7pm. This reception will include music, snacks, and performance artists
  • Show Closes 3/13/2020
  • Artwork pickup 3/16-18/2020

Each artist may enter one piece. Please be aware, there is no cost to enter, all entries are accepted including: 

  • Two-dimensional artwork [must include a wire for hanging or a small easel if using one of our three 16″ square display shelves]
  • Jewelry [must include a method of displaying]
  • Small sculpture [must fit in a 16″ square space]
  • Printed poetry or song [mounted for hanging, maybe framed with wire or mounted on presentation board for use with poster tac]

Once signed up, artists must prepare their works for hanging or installation and deliver them to the Amador County Arts Council at 617 South CA-Hwy 49 [in the Mother Lode Plaza] Jackson, CA and the open hours are Monday-Friday, 2:00 to 6:00 pm. The mailing address is P.O. Box 206, Sutter Creek, CA 95685. Work may be for sale or not for sale and we do not take any commission on sales which you handle directly with the purchaser.


The curating team is comprised of local and regional artists and arts lovers who are proud of their Black Heritage, including:

  • Dr. Jim Armstead – Actor and historical interpreter, retired professor, and California State Guard emergency planner
  • Deja Douglas – President of the Argonaut High School Art Club and AmadorArts Council Student Director
  • Betzaida Arroyo – Veteran, PhD candidate, and Victory Village board member
  • Darreon Brooks – Manager, Raleys Jackson CA
  • Joy Tribble – Arts Technician with City of West Hollywood Arts Division
  • Sarah Stepney – Visual Artist and graduate of Berkeley High School

This show is made possible by the Amador County Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the California Arts Council, a state agency. For information on submissions and guidelines, please contact Cynthia at Amador County Arts Council at 209-256-8166 or cynthia.amadorarts@gmail.com.



CALL FOR ARTISTS OF ALL AGES AND ALL DISCIPLINES, WORLD-WIDE! deadline extended

MEDIA RELEASE from Amador County Arts Council

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  (Deadline for Intent to Submit is Sept. 27)DEADLINE EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 15
Call for Artists to Enter Works in “Safe Space” Exhibit in Jackson

 Call-for-Artists: Calling all artists of all ages, all disciplines, and skills to submit works to “Safe Space”—an art show celebrating the courage and beauty of rural, queer communities. By highlighting the experiences of the marginalized and disenfranchised, “Safe Space” serves to bring new opportunities for understanding the value of diversity in our rural community. Open world-wide for all rural LGBTQ/Ally artists, this show is produced by the Amador County Arts Council in collaboration with Tri-County LGBTQ Alliance, Amador PFLAG, Amador County Suicide Prevention Coalition (SPEAK), Sierra Wind Wellness and Recovery Center, and Blue Mountain Coalition for Youth and Families. “Safe Space” is a perfect art show for all rural, LGBTQ/Ally artists, who want to nurture intercultural and inclusive rural communities.

Intent to Submit must be received by September 27th.  Each artist may enter one piece. Pieces may be for sale by the artist. If you would like to submit art to this show: email the coordinator, Cynthia at cynthia.amadorarts@gmail.com, subject line: “Intent to Submit, Safe Space”.

Once signed up, artists must prepare their works for hanging or installation and  deliver them to the Amador County Arts Council by October 11th.  The location is in Jackson, CA at 617 South CA-Hwy 49 in the Mother Lode Plaza, and the open hours are Monday-Friday, 2:00 to 6:00 pm.

If you need art supplies or resources, notify the Amador County Arts Council for assistance.  The “Safe Space” exhibit will run from October 25th through December 20th, Monday through Friday, from 2-6pm, closed for holidays on November 25-29.  The Opening Reception, free and open to the public, will be Friday, November 15th from 4-7pm. This reception will include music, snacks, and performance artists. This activity is made possible in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency. Contact info: (209)256-8166 or email cynthia.amadorarts@gmail.com.



CALL TO ARTISTS of ALL AGES and MODALITIES!
The Amador County Arts Council, in partnership with the Amador County Suicide Prevention Coalition, is proud to announce HEART OF HOPE —An art show celebrating the hope, perseverance, and awareness of mental health challenges. Amador County Arts Council is holding an OPEN CALL for submissions to HEART OF HOPE. Submissions are open to all ages, all art modalities, amateur to professional from anywhere. Whether entering work to express your own experiences, or to show support for others, contributing artists will bring our community together in a new and profound way.

HEART OF HOPE will run September 4th through October 15th. A special reception with performances will take place during National Suicide Awareness Week on Friday, September 13th from 4-7pm. Entries for the exhibit, only one per person, should highlight the hope, perseverance, and awareness of mental health challenges, and they may be for sale directly by the artist.  Works must be ready to hang, with resources available for those in need of assistance.

 There is no fee to enter, but please register your intent to enter by July 31. The delivery deadline for those needing assistance in preparing work for exhibition is August 15. Otherwise, the deadline to receive work at AmadorArts in Jackson is by August 30th.  Please pick up your work at the end of the show by October 18, or if outside the area, include packaging for return of your work by U.S. Postal Service and a check to AmadorArts for $15 for shipping.  

This show is made possible by the Amador County Department of Behavioral Health Mental Health Services Act Reversion Fund, the Amador County Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the California Arts Council, a state agency. For information on submissions and guidelines, please contact Amador County Arts Council at 209-256-8166 or amadorarts@gmail.com. The physical address is 617 S. Highway 49, Jackson CA.



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