Mission Statement

Our Mission is to promote art and art education in the community and among its members. To encourage and promote a public interest and understanding of art; to create and develop a closer relationship between art and the community and further the education and artistic development of its members.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Tea Pot is On!

The kettle is on the boil.

Come in and visit with your favorite artist—if you don’t have a favorite artist, come in and get one!

Gallery hours are:

Friday & Saturday 12-4 pm, Sunday 1-4 pm

Studio hours Monday 10-Noon, Wednesday 1:00-7:30 pm and Saturday 10-Noon

Everyone at the Renaissance Art Gallery would love to have you visit us. With the bad weather coming, now would be an ideal time to stop in and become more familiar with the Gallery. Everyone is welcome to come in and browse or take advantage of our studio hours to work on your work art.

The Renaissance Art Gallery
900 8th Street, Suite #20
Huntington, WV 25701

Gallery (304) 525-3235
Appointments: (304) 453-3187

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Open Entry Art Show

Open Entry

Hanging a Show
Each year The Renaissance Art Gallery holds three open entry art shows. Many people are not familiar with this term or concept. Because of the unique nature of The Renaissance Art Gallery’s Miniature Exhibition, the artwork is “juried” by size and media only. If it fits, it’s in.

While many shows only accept traditional miniature work we encourage a more free-range miniature. As much as we love traditional works we feel that contemporary styles can and should hang beside them.

Many show only accept traditional statuary and engraving and do not accept collage and assemblage works. We are rather fond of them. The more the merrier. And abstracts can be done in miniature!

The Renaissance Art Gallery looks for quality in the artwork we display. Most shows require artists to submit slides or digital files. With the work we encourage, that does not always work. And for artists new to showing their work, this process of jurying can be rather intimidating as well as confusing. For our open entry shows we do request that the artists either ship or come in with the actual artwork on the day(s) of submission.

For this reason, our three major shows, those we open to artists outside The Renaissance Art Gallery, are all open entry. The criteria for them are simple. The Miniature Exhibition is juried by size and media. The Spring Fine Arts show by theme, and the summer photography show, well, that one is really foot-loose and fancy free, it only has to start as a photo!

To go over what is required to participate in one of The Renaissance Art Gallery’s open entry shows.

You must be an adult artist, having reached your 18th birthday

You must live in North America

The artwork must be wholly your own, not done under the direction or in a workshop.

It must be original

No derivative works

Derivative works and works done in workshops under the direction of a teacher are not considered original works and cannot be submitted for entry in a judged show. This includes paintings done from photographs other than your own.

For collage and assemblage works, they cannot contain any copyrighted materials.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Reception for the 10th Annual National Miniature Exhibition

It was crowed—too crowded for a head count. People were standing at the door before 1:00 pm waiting to get in. these were serious art lovers!

Judy Taylor puts the finishing touches on the table

 The reception wasn’t supposed to start until 2:00 pm, giving us in theory an hour to get the coffee made, cake cut and in general make sure all our ducks were neatly in a row.

Good thing so much had been done ahead of time!
Gary Taylor and Bruce Bowersock go other infomation before reception.

Yes—most of our regulars were there, but we also had a good number of visitors who had never been to The Renaissance Art Gallery before. That is always satisfying to introduce our art to people who have had little exposure before.

Gary Greets the First guest.

We had one dignified older gentleman come in who has been doing miniature sculptures on his own for years, but has never been exposed to any other artists who also did miniatures, or to any kind of gallery and organized show before. He had read the preview in the paper and the invitation there and came into see others who work in miniature. It was a very rewarding experience for him, connecting with other local artists for the first time.

Six people attending the reception won a free art class. These will over the next few weeks will enjoy a very personal introduction to art.

Voting for the people’s choice award was strong but will continue through the end of November to allow those who did not get a chance to cast their votes to do so. It really was that crowded!