Yes, I know, May 2011 seems far away. We have to get through lots of snow storms and holidays before we see May. But it’s actually time to get working on the first annual City by the Sea Art Fair, set for Captain’s Cove in Bridgeport on May 14 and 15. Your application must be postmarked no later than Tuesday, March 1.
The juried art exhibition, created to celebrate “the vitality and creativity of our waterfront metropolis” will include live musical performances, samplings of some of our best local fare and other special events.
The fair was born when Black Rock NRZ liaison Kathryn vanRenesse and chair Wendy Nylen, owner of Picture This/Nylen Gallery in Westport and Black Rock resident, were researching a revival of the well intended but weather-cursed Black Rock Arts Walk. How the Arts Walk was interpreted by the gods as a rain dance is beyond me.
After a little investigation, they decided to start fresh.
All artists working in New England, with work focused on urban and maritime themes, and created after 2005, may apply. The call for artists and entry form are at CityArtFair.com.
Among the requirements: all work must be for sale, with 25% commission going to the fair if it’s sold. It should be ready to hang or display on a pedestal. Art can’t exceed 100 pounds or 40 inches in any dimension Artists may submit up to 10 pieces in any media that does not require electricity (such as video, or computer-based works). All applicants must submit an artist statement and biography in .doc or .txt format.
A free of $10 per entry is payable by check to Black Rock Art Fair.
The Art Fair’s jurors are Robbin Zella, director of Bridgeport’s Housatonic Museum of Art, and Terri C. Smith, the Housatonic’s curator.