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 Hampshire or Vermont, or by someone who has a distinct connection to our local region).

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 on the link 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?

All applications to participate in Gallery of Gifts this year are being collected online.   The jury will meet twice to review  applications, once after each deadline.  We ask that crafters submit digital images of their pieces via our online entry platform called “Entrythingy.”  Find out all the details about the online entry for the show this year, find out answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Gallery of Gifts, and Apply Online at the link below!

JURY DEADLINES for 2020

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

Round One:  August 24 
Round Two:  September 21

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