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The Friends of the PG Library
Ourselves We Sing



A call and response with Walt Whitman and our understanding of our American Democracy


October 2,2023­–January 5, 2024


Opening reception: Friday, October 6, 2023



Pacific Grove Library

550 Central Avenue

Pacific Grove, CA


In Leaves of Grass the “Poet of Democracy” sang of American Democracy as a project of radical inclusion. He idealizes his country’s democratic vision while many of his writings were pointedly exclusionary. Amanda Gorman broadens our idea of democracy by acknowledging “…our country is more than a pride we inherit–it’s the past we step into and how we repair it”.


Art can illuminate challenging and entrenched policies,  foster discourse and social change. It can encourage dialogue around social and political issues. What have we got right and where can we improve as a country? How do we sing our country–with all its varied voices–into harmony?



Original two and three-dimensional work in all media including but not limited to: painting, mixed media, printmaking, drawing, photography, fiber, and paper art, woodworking, and sculpture.

Please, no ink jet reproductions on canvas.


September 1, 2023 Deadline to enter images
Enter your images online at
Help in photographing your work and properly sizing your images can be found at: Image files must be jpg and under 4 mb. For best results, images should be 1920 pixels on the longest side @ 72 dpi.
If you need help entering your images, please contact or call 888-666-1351.

Entry Fees
$35 for up to three entries.

 Exhibition Calendar 2023/2024
September 1, 2023 Deadline to submit entries
September 12, 2023 Notification of accepted entries. Results will be in your OnlineJuriedShows artist profile
September 25- 29, 2023 Shipped artwork must arrive at the library
September 30, 2023, 10AM- 12PM Drop off hand-delivered artwork
October 6, 2023, 5:30-7:30 Artists Opening reception

January 5, 2024, 5-7:30 PM Closing Reception
January 5, 2024 after 7:30PM and January 6, 2024, 10AM- 12PM Pickup hand delivered artwork

All artists are invited and encouraged to attend the opening and closing receptions.

Accepted Work
All two-dimensional work must be suitably framed and wired for hanging.  PGPL will provide stands for sculpture.
The Friends of the Library will handle sales with a 30% commission for the Friends of the Library and 70% for the artist.

Shipping Instructions (accepted work only)

Include pre-paid shipping labels for return of your work.

  1. Work must be packaged in a professional packing box.
  2. Pack work so that it can be easily re-packaged with the same materials.
  3. No Styrofoam peanuts.
  4. Work should be insured for its full value.
  5. Ship to: Christine Crozier, 550 Central Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950

While every precaution will be taken to protect the artwork, PGPL is not responsible for loss or damage of any kind.  Delivering artwork to this exhibition implies agreement with these conditions.

Questions, please contact:

If you need help entering your work or using this website, please contact or by calling 888-666-1351.

About the show itself:
Christine Crozier #831-375-3224 or email

“Ourselves We Sing” is sponsored and funded by the Pacific Grove Public Library, and the Pacific Grove Public Library Friends and Foundation.

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