Gallery of Gifts 2020 Information for Crafters

What a year this has been!  The Library Arts Center is optimistically planning on holding an in-person event for Gallery of Gifts this year, very similar to the beautiful layout in the gallery brimming with handmade crafts that you have grown accustomed to in previous years.  (Just with many social distancing safeguards and protections in place in 2020!)  While we are hoping to have the Gallery open for shopping, we are not planning on having our traditional opening reception, preview night, or themed events this year.

In the event that it is unsafe to have the gallery open during the show, we plan on hosting this popular event as an online marketplace for holiday shopping with curbside pickup.  In the event that this is the format required, the Library Arts Center will still be responsible for all sales, fulfilling orders, etc.

The jury will meet online this year to select pieces for the show, so we ask that crafters submit digital images of their work via our online entry platform called “Entrythingy.”  Find out all the details below.

WHAT IS GALLERY OF GIFTS? 

The Gallery of Gifts is a favorite annual exhibit at the Library Arts Center in which the gallery is turned into an exhibit of unique, hand-made craft during the holiday season.  The exhibit provides the residents of this region the opportunity to purchase beautiful, locally crafted items during the season of giving.   The show draws a variety of talented area crafters to display and sell their work, so that visitors to this “boutique-style” event will find unique gifts for holiday giving.   The work of the approximately 100 Gallery of Gifts artists and artisans participating in the 2019 season generated over $65,000 in overall sales, which greatly helped to stimulate the local creative economy.

The Gallery of Gifts is the one show each year in which the Library Arts Center focuses on exhibiting a variety of craft, however, the Center’s West Gallery features an exhibit of artwork, and each participating artist is given his/her own space on the wall (approx. 30 in. across) to exhibit small, framed pieces.  Artists may also sell matted prints or other pieces featuring original artwork (such as note cards, calendars, etc.) in the space below their wall spaces.

The Gallery of Gifts is an important annual fundraiser for the Library Arts Center, a non-profit organization, and items are sold on consignment.  Items displayed in the exhibit are sold with a 30% commission to the Library Arts Center.
Artists who are accepted to display work in the show set their own prices, keeping in mind the commission taken by the Arts Center.  There is no entry fee for the Gallery of Gifts.  It is expected that pieces will remain part of the exhibit until the close of the exhibit, unless they are sold.  All items submitted must be locally handmade (in New England).

Gnomes - SIn the past, participants in Gallery of Gifts were sought by invitation.  However, the number of interested and talented artisans has grown tremendously, and therefore, as in the past several years, this year the show will be a juried show.  Artists are invited to submit work, or images of work to one of two rounds of jury selection.  Details of what is required for submission are highlighted below.   We invite both professional and amateur artisans with unique craft offerings to submit their work.  Our aim is to provide a variety of unique crafts at a variety of price points so that everyone who visits the exhibit will find something special.

WHEN IS GALLERY OF GIFTS 2020? 

This year, we are HOPEFUL the Gallery of Gifts exhibit will take place November 7-December 23, 2020.   In keeping with recommended safety procedures for social distancing due to the pandemic, all public events that would typically draw large crowds have been canceled in 2020 (opening reception, preview night, Ladies’ Night, etc.).   Gallery hours for the exhibit and sale will be Tues.-Fri. 11am-4pm and Sat. 10am-2pm.

HOW DO I GET MY WORK JURIED?

During the selection process, jurors will assess the work of the artists with regard to:

1) creativity/uniqueness of art or craft

2) quality

3) affordability/value

4) appeal to audience

Jurors will seek to find a balance of types of fine craft, such as wood pieces, jewelry, fiber art, glass, weaving, etc.  A balance of work displayed in the West Gallery exhibit will also be sought.

APPLICATION FORMS will be available here soon — check back in mid June!

For consideration by the jury, please submit the following, along with the Official Gallery of Gifts Application Form:

Stage - S**Photographs of your items.  (The Arts Center will only be accepting DIGITAL applications this year in light of COVID-19.)  Artisans will be invited to bring specific types of items based on the photos or work samples submitted.  Artists are not permitted to bring items that are not approved by the jury during the selection process.  Please be sure to submit at least one photo or work sample for each type of item you would like to submit for consideration.

FOR EXAMPLE, if a potter wished to be considered for his/her mugs, vases, bowls, etc., he/she should submit at least one photo for each type item.  OR, if a wood artisan also happens to make beaded jewelry, he/she should submit an example of each type of work.  If an artist submitting for the West Gallery exhibit of artwork wishes to sell his/her note cards, calendars, etc. along with his/her artwork, an example of each of those items should be submitted, as well.  **Please upload photos of the actual pieces that you are applying to be considered for, rather than simply directing the jury to look at your website.  Artists should list specific prices or a range of prices and quantities they would be willing to bring in the descriptions along with their entries.

 

**REMEMBER: Presentation counts!  Please plan on photographing your pieces in the condition in which they will be for sale, with real examples of intended tags and packaging.

Applications will be open on August 7th for artisans to submit photographs of samples of their work ONLINE Only in 2020.
Please click here for the Application Portal.

 

 

 

JURY DEADLINES for 2020

The submission deadlines for the two rounds of Gallery of Gifts are:

To Be Announced!

Artisans will receive an email notifying them if their work has been accepted within three weeks of the submission deadline.  If an artist’s work is not accepted into the exhibit during the first round of selection, he/she is welcome to submit work in the second round of selection.

Even if your work has been accepted into Gallery of Gifts before, you will still need to submit an entry for this year.

 

For more information about the Gallery of Gifts, please contact the Library Arts Center,  via email galleryofgiftsnh@gmail.com.

 


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

When is Gallery of Gifts 2020?

This year, the Gallery of Gifts exhibit will take place November 7-December 23, 2020.  Pending the current state of public health, the exhibit’s opening reception will be Friday, Nov. 6th, 5-7pm.  Gallery hours for the exhibit and sale will be Tues.-Fri. 11am-4pm and Sat. 10am-2pm.

What is the process to have my work juried?

For consideration by the jury, please submit the following:

**3-4 work samples OR photos of your work.   Artisans will be invited to bring specific types of items based on the photos or work samples submitted.  Artists are not permitted to bring items that are not approved by the jury during the selection process.

Please be sure to submit at least one photo or work sample for each type of item you would like to submit for consideration.  FOR EXAMPLE, if a potter wished to be considered for his/her mugs, vases, bowls, etc., he/she should submit at least one example of each kind of item.  OR, if a wood artisan also happens to make beaded jewelry, he/she should submit an example of each type of work.  If an artist submitting for the West Gallery exhibit wishes to sell his/her note cards, calendars, etc. along with his/her artwork, an example of each of those items should be submitted, as well.  **Artists with photos of their work posted on their websites may suggest that the jury look at their websites, in lieu of sending photos.  They must, however, still indicate what they are applying to be considered for, a range of prices and quantities they would be willing to bring on their application forms. 

**REMEMBER: Presentation counts!  Please plan on submitting work samples in the condition in which they will be for sale, with real examples of intended tags and packaging.

During the selection process, jurors will assess the work of the artists with regard to:

1) creativity/uniqueness of art or craft

2) quality

3) affordability/value

4) appeal to audience

Jurors will seek to find a balance of types of fine craft, such as wood pieces, jewelry, fiber art, glass, weaving, etc.  A balance of work displayed in the West Gallery exhibit will also be sought.

Artisans may submit images or work samples & application forms  

1) via email sent to galleryofgiftsnh@gmail.com, or via digital entry form posted in mid-June

 Jurors will review work within three weeks of each submission deadline.  Artisans will be notified via letter or email as to whether or not their work is accepted into the show.  

If my work has been juried into Gallery of Gifts before, do I have to have it juried again?

YES, for the 2020 season, the Library Arts Center requires ALL artists/artisans to be juried.

When is the deadline to submit my work?

JURY DEADLINES for 2020    The submission deadlines for the two rounds of Gallery of Gifts are:

          TO BE ANNOUNCED!

Artisans will receive an email notifying them if their work has been accepted within three weeks of the submission deadline.  If an artist’s work is not accepted into the exhibit during the first round of selection, he/she is welcome to submit work in the second round of selection.

What is a PURPLE TAG item?
In an effort to make this important fundraiser for the Library Arts Center more successful, we are asking that artisans consider donating one handmade craft item (of the artisan’s choice) to our Gallery of Gifts Purple Tag Offering.  These items will be marked with purple tags throughout the exhibit, and if they are sold, 100% of the sales price will directly benefit Library Arts Center exhibits, classes & programs.  Please consider donating an item to help the Library Arts Center in this way.