Salon du Peuple
La liberté guidant le peuple, by Eugène Délacroix; public domain image from Wikimedia Commons
Aux armes, mes amis et amies de l'art! C'est un vrai révolution!
Well, OK, maybe not. Just got a press release from Steve LaRiccia. coordinator of The New Zone Gallery. Let me quote (with certain proper name errors corrected so I don't go crazy) some of it, for it conveys indeed the depth of feeling I also heard from other visual artists at our Eugene Arts Illuminati/Arts Meetup last Wednesday (next meetup: Wednesday, August 18, at Marché Museum Café, btw):
In accord with the changing to a more efficient submission process of artwork for this year's Mayor's Art Show, i.e. an on-line entry form, only a digital image accepted, a shopping cart with only Paypal payments instead of bringing in actual artwork to Jacobs Gallery is [sic] in the past. Also with an earlier submission date and little notice of these changes, a number of artists will miss out on this popular show and even fewer numbers to participate if refused to exhibit work into the Salon des Refusés. In contrast, for example, the Springfield Mayor's Art Show has sent out by mail a "Call to Artists" with an entry form included, months before their event to every artist who entered last year.
I'm sensing some anger, here. You? From what I've heard from artists, some of the anger comes from the (Eugene) MAS sudden change — which was, in turn, altered by the push to move the Eugene Celebration date to a probably sunny, no Duck football game weekend. Also, I think the artists did not appreciate being asked for money to submit their artwork. Some suggested that the Weekly sponsor a certain number of artwork uploads, for, say, an hour or so (for the MAS, not the Salon du Peuple). Didn't have time to organize that sponsorship this year, but I do think it's a lovely idea for next year, artists being kind of un-rich and all.
Ennnnnyway, point of this post is, the Salon des Refusés has now become the Salon du Peuple, and let me quote just a little bit more:
If your work was refused by the Mayor's Art Show (MAS), feel free to bring it on in! If your work was accepted by the MAS, you are more than welcome to bring in something different! If you missed the MAS submission and didn't enter work, still, bring a piece in! Didn't plan to enter the MAS, no problem, bring it on down!
That submission process — from noon-6 pm Saturday, August 21. at New Zone, 164 W. Broadway — costs $10 for each piece entered; the gallery takes a 35 percent commission for any work sold.
The Mayor's Art Show submission deadline was Saturday. Assuming that we have room, we'll review both. If not, look for more info on this here blog!