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Loading Dock Arts, Inc.
Turning the Tables: Artists Look at Poetry

122 Western Avenue Box 127

Lowell, MA  01851


“Turning the Tables: Artists Look at Poetry”

October 4 – October 29, 2023

Reception October 7, 3-5


This October, artists respond to text and poets respond to art. Loading Dock Gallery presents its annual New England Regional Juried Show, Turning the Tables: Artists Look at Poetry, juried by Julie Marie Hoey. Artists choose their favorite poem, use text as subject and inspiration, borrowing it, manipulating it, and reimagining it as imagery. At the reception, local poets, led by Stephan Anstey, present original poems inspired by the artwork in the exhibit, part of the 9th Annual Poetry Convergence held each fall in Lowell. 


Turning the Tables: Artists Look at Poetry is juried by Julie Marie Hoey: artist, writer, teacher, poet, and believer. Hoey has exhibited throughout the country. Her paintings hang in the U.S., South America, and Europe. 


Entry Fee: Non-members: $35 for up to three entries.  Loading Dock Gallery members: $25 for up to three entries. Limited to three entries per artist. Fees are non refundable.

Eligibility: Open to artists over 18 years of age, in the New England region.

Requirements: Email your chosen poem/s to You can use a different poem or the same poem for each of your artworks. You must send the coordinating poem to be considered.


Entries must be original artworks completed within the last five years. No reproductions. All artworks must be for sale. Video, projection, and performance will not be considered. Image files must be jpg and under 4 mb. For best results, images should be 1920 pixels (800 min) on the longest side @ 72 dpi. For help with your entries, contact or 888-666-1351.

Guidelines for Artwork:  2D work can be no larger than 48" wide or 72" high including frame, no more than 50 lbs., and must be hang ready with its own hanging hardware suitable for drywall surfaces. No sawtooth hangers. Large framed artwork must use non-breakable glazing. Pieces without the proper hanging hardware will not be included in the exhibition. 3-D work can be free-standing, pedestal or wall hung with no restriction on material. Free-standing work must not weigh more than 50 lbs., and can be no larger than 6' 0" in any dimension while structurally suitable for an indoor open floor plan gallery environment.    

The Loading Dock Gallery reserves the right to reject works judged too fragile or unstable for display, that differ from the digital image(s) or description submitted or which are found to be not professionally presented. All work must be original (no reproductions). Artworks will be chosen for content consistent with the theme of the show and suitable for a family gallery.


Accepted Artists: Artists will be notified by email by September 21. Results will be available in your OnlineJuriedShows artist profile.

Delivery: Accepted work can be hand delivered to the Loading Dock Gallery, 122 Western Avenue Studios, Lowell MA, 01851 starting on Thursday, September 21 during gallery hours or by appointment. The cut-off for all deliveries is Sunday, October 1. Artwork that has not been received by Sunday, October 1 at 4 pm will not be accepted. 

Any shipped artwork must include pre-paid return postage/shipping label for FedEx or UPS.  All artwork should be packaged in a manner that will allow for the materials to be re-used for return shipping. Do not ship artwork with packing peanuts, popcorn, or Styrofoam materials. Artists are responsible for round-trip insurance. 

Removal:  Pick up of unsold work begins Sunday, October 29 between 4 and 4:30 pm. Thereafter, pick up during gallery hours or by appointment. Works not picked up by Sunday, November 12 will be considered abandoned and become the property of the Loading Dock Gallery. All shipped artwork must include prepaid return postage/shipping label for FedEx or UPS.  In the case of inadequate or nonexistent postage, works will be considered abandoned and become the property of the Loading Dock Gallery. Artwork to be shipped will be returned within 2 weeks following the closing date of the exhibition.

Insurance: The Loading Dock Gallery insures objects on loan while they are at the Gallery. Works are not insured in transit to and from the Gallery and beyond the designated pick-up days. The price/insurance valuation should reasonable reflect the value of the artwork. Proof of valuation will be required should a claim be filed. There is a $500.00 deductible on each item. The Gallery will not be responsible for damage of artwork that has been deemed by Gallery personnel as too fragile, unstable, or improperly prepared for hanging. This work will not be accepted into the show. 

Photography/Publicity: The Loading Dock Gallery reserves the right to photograph work for publicity. By entering your work in the exhibition you agree to the use of your name, likeness, certain personal information, and artwork in any publicity material developed for the show.

Sales/ Commission: The Loading Dock Gallery requires 40% commission from work sold by non-members. The sale price should include commission. Artists will receive payment by check within 15 days following the close of the exhibit.

Jury:  This is a juried event, Julie Marie Hoey, Juror. 

Important Dates:

 • August 14                       Open date to submit artwork to OnLineJuriedShows

• September 18                 Closing date to submit artwork to OnLineJuriedShows

• September 21                 Jury results and notification to artists of accepted/declined pieces

• September 21-October 1   Artists deliver accepted works to the Loading Dock Gallery 

• October 4                                   Show opens to the public.

• October 7                      Reception 3-5 pm, followed by the 9th Annual Poetry Convergence 5-7pm 

• October  29                  Show Closes

• October 29-November 12   Artists pick up artwork during gallery hours or by appointment


Loading Dock Gallery is not liable for stolen or damaged art and by entering this show, you accept these terms.

Turning the Tables: Artists Look at Poetry runs October 4-October 29 at the Loading Dock Gallery, 122 Western Avenue, Lowell, MA.  Open noon-5:30pm, Wednesday-Saturday; noon-4pm Sundays. Reception 3-5pm, Saturday, October 7, during Western Avenue Studios’ Open Studios, noon-5pm. For details, visit


Loading Dock Gallery is part of Loading Dock Arts, Inc., a 501c3. 



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