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Art in the Loft (Northeast Michigan Center for Fine Arts, Inc.)
Forgotten Spaces 2017

Deadline has been extended

until September 10, 11:59 pm. PT




We are excited to announce our Second Annual Juried Art Show entitled Forgotten Spaces, opening October 5, 2017.  We are privileged to have Betty Bea Washburn as our juror from Bellaire, MI. With her guidance, we look forward to a spectacular show.

Ours is a truly unique gallery. The gallery has over 7,000 square feet of open loft space devoted to the exhibit of fine art by local, regional and national artists. We also offer visual and culinary art workshops, educational activities, and arts-centered community events. The gallery is open to the public and can be used by members for private functions and we look forward to exhibiting artist’s work from all around Michigan, work in all sizes, subjects, and media, except film.

We really love art – in all media. As well as looking for skill in the use of a variety of materials, we look for how well that medium relates to the concept and how fully the artist’s intention or concept is presented and realized. The juror’s awards will reflect that artistic judgment.

Call to Artists for Submissions:
Submission Deadline:  September 10, 2017
Gallery Exhibition Dates:  October 5 – November 9, 2017
Opening/Awards Reception:  October 5, 2017

About The Juror:
Betty Bea Washburn has been a professional watercolorist for the last 30 years. Before settling in northern lower Michigan, Betty Bea was a public school art teacher in the Marshall Public School system. Today she finds inspiration for her large and vibrant watercolors in area landscapes, gardens and historical sites, especially those on Mackinac Island.

Washburn is intrigued by watercolor relationships: the harmony between the physical properties of the medium, the effect of atmosphere on the subject matter, and the use of color to create an internal glow.

Her watercolor journey which included study under Nita Engle, has led to an intuitive style of painting achieved by floating color on paper surface and pouring atmospheric colors to achieve glowing light effects.

•    Master of Arts in Education, Western Michigan University
•    B.A. in Art Education, College of Wooster, Wooster Ohio
•    Watercolor Workshops with nationally known artists.

•    2008 Mackinac Island Lilac Festival Poster Competition Award Winner
•    Distinguished Professional Award, Calhoun County Area School Board Association, Battle Creek, MI
•    1990 Artist of the Year, Standard Printing, Marshall, Michigan
•    1990 Teacher of the Year Award, Marshall Public Schools, Marshall, Michigan
•    1989 Community Choice Award- Artist Category, Marshall Michigan
•    1976 Superintendent's Award for Community Service, Marshall Public Schools

Exhibit Awards:

BEST of SHOW:  At the Opening Reception, the artist whose work is juried as ‘Best of Show’ by the juror will receive a full year of exhibition space at Art in the Loft in addition to a cash prize of $300.00.

Second Place:  At the Opening Reception, the artist whose work is juried ‘Second Place’ by the juror will receive a $200.00 cash prize.

Third Place:  At the Opening Reception, the artist whose work is juried ‘Third Place’ by the juror will receive a $100.00 cash prize.

People’s Choice:  The artist whose work is voted ‘Best’ by attendees during the course of the show will receive a $50 gift certificate. Each visitor pays $1 per vote.

Show Details
Every abandoned space or object…quiet place in nature…a moment passing in time retains a feeling of what it once was. A railway station, a beautiful house…an overgrown field…a memory left behind. When we strip away all of the things man adds - furniture, presence, etc., we see a different kind of powerful beauty in these places, now full of space and mystery.

We look forward to filling the gallery with work that embodies how you, the artist, perceives this theme, whether it be abstract, literal, color or black & white.

This call for submission is open to all residents of Michigan, 18 years of age or older. This is a juried exhibition for artists working in all media, except film, including: Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Photography, Pastel, Drawing, Print, Mixed Media, Sculpture, Assemblage, Installation, Fabric. All artwork must be original in concept, design and execution, and created within the last 3 years. Note: Crafts, kit work or reproductions of original works in other media, unless used as part of a mixed media work, will not be considered.

All judging will be online. Entries that differ significantly from their digital images may be rejected. Decision of the juror is final.

•    Only original works may be submitted. Works may be submitted in one or multiple media.
•    Sculpture and installations: artists may use two additional images for details, at no extra charge. Contact if you need them.

$35 for up to three entries. All entries must be registered/received by 11:59 p.m. PST, September 3, 2017.  All entry fees are non-refundable and must be paid by the entry deadline.  Acceptance is not guaranteed.

Entry form must be filled out in its entirety.  List sizes up to the nearest inch.  Submitted images must not include matting or frame.  Crop the photos to include only the artwork.  Be sure your images are right-side-up.

Before uploading your images, make sure they are smaller than 4MB, but at least 1920 pixels on the longest side at 72 dpi.  Images should be in JPEG format, sRGB color space.  Help in photographing your work and properly sizing your images can be found at:  If you need help entering your images or are unable to, please write to us here:

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1.    All work must be suitably framed and gallery ready.
2.    Work must be wired and ready for hanging.
3.    Sculptors may provide their own pedestals, or must agree to use those provided by the gallery.
4.    A label must be affixed to the back of the work that indicates which end is the top and includes the following: Artist Name, Title, Medium, Dimensions, and Price. This information must correspond with the Accepted image as listed on Notification form. No artwork may be substituted.
5.    All artwork must be priced for sale and will be for sale during exhibit dates. Diptychs and triptychs will be considered as one entry, but must be sold as one item.
6.    Work cannot be withdrawn, nor sales shipped, before the end of the exhibit.

1.    Work can be hand delivered to Art in the Loft at 109 N. 2nd Ave. Suite 300, Alpena, MI. 49707 and unpacked by September 26, 2017.

2.    All work not able to be hand-delivered as noted above should be shipped to arrive at Art in the Loft gallery address 109 N. 2nd Ave. Suite 300, Alpena, MI. 49707 also by September 26, 2017. If work needs to be shipped back to artist after exhibition, a credit card must be put on file with gallery.

Art in the Loft reserves the right to reject and return work that is late, is deemed unstable upon arrival, is not properly presented, or differs from the submitted digital image. Returns will be solely at the artist’s expense.

Art in the Loft will retain a 35% commission on all exhibition sales. The price represented on the artist entry form will be the sale price. No changes will be allowed. Sold works will remain until the end of the exhibition.

Hand-delivered artwork must be removed by the artist between November 13-17, 2017.

Art in the Loft is not responsible for any damage, breakage, replacement or cost associated with any damage or breakage that may have occurred during transport or unpacking. Every precaution will be taken in handling the entries, but Art in the Loft assumes no liability for any loss or damage to any artist’s work while in our care, custody or control, before, during or after the exhibition.

USE OF IMAGES:  Any image submitted may be used for marketing and promotional purposes directly related to this show. This use may include publication in any publications, printed materials, advertisements, or electronic media. Copyright and all other rights remain that of the artist.

CONTACT/QUESTIONS:  Please direct all questions to or by calling (989) 356-4877.

ENTRY AGREEMENT:  With the submission of artwork into the “Black & White” Art in the Loft Show, the artist agrees to all the terms and conditions set forth in this prospectus.