Gallery of Gifts 2020

How to Apply for the Show

Information for Interested Artisans

Gallery of Gifts 2020 Updated Information for Interested Artisans

Gallery of Gifts Handmade for the HolidaysCOVID-19 won’t stop Gallery of Gifts 2020!  As almost all programming has become remote for the Library Arts Center during the pandemic, plans are still underway for Gallery of Gifts this year.  The show will either be an in-person  event in the gallery, with social distancing and safety precautions in place, or, if deemed necessary at the time, will be a virtual store with curbside pickup.  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.  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 handling all sales, fulfilling orders, etc.

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 below.  

WHEN IS GALLERY OF GIFTS 2020? 

November 7 – December 23, 2020
Gallery Hours:  Tues.-Fri. 11:00am-4:00pm, Sat. 10:00am-2:00pm

This year, we are HOPEFUL the Gallery of Gifts exhibit will take place, as scheduled.  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 of GiftsWHO MAY ENTER?

The Library Arts Center invites crafters, artisans and visual artists from New Hampshire, Vermont, or those with a distinct connection to our local area, to submit locally handmade crafts or art pieces for Gallery of Gifts.

Handmade crafts are welcome, as are original art pieces, as well as corresponding prints, greeting cards, etc.  Craft pieces will be displayed in the main gallery, and accepted artists will be given their own distinct section of wall space in the Center’s West Gallery, (approx. 30 inches wide,) with room for framed pieces on the wall, as well as matted prints, greeting cards, calendars, etc. underneath.

CONSIGNMENT ARRANGEMENT

For Gallery of Gifts, artisans will drop off all of their pieces (tagged and ready for the show) on the designated drop-off date.  Artisans will set their own prices.  Gallery staff will be responsible for setting up the show in a unique holiday boutique-like format.  The gallery will handle all sales, transactions, and order fulfillment.  The show works on a 70/30% consignment arrangement. 

JURY DEADLINES for 2020

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

1st Deadline:  August 24th

2nd Deadline:  September 21st

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.

Preparing your Application:  What you Need to Gather

(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 submitted.  Artists are not permitted to bring items that are not approved by the jury during the selection process.    

1) Photographs of your items.

We suggest taking photographs in natural light on a neutral wall backdrop so that the jurors will be able to see your items easily.  Multiple views of items are welcome.  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 wishes 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.  

**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.

2)  A very brief description of your items

For Example: Ceramic Mugs: Raku Fired    Additional information is optional, but not required.

3)  Prices for your Items (or a price range for each type of item)

For Example:  Mugs, $35.00 each  OR  Mugs (range: $25-$38)

4)  The quantity of items you would be willing to bring if your items are accepted.

Listing an approximate quantity is fine.  We just need to know if you are thinking of bringing 2, 20, or 200!  Jurors may suggest another quantity to you, based on past sales records.

WHAT JURORS ARE LOOKING FOR:

Gallery of Gifts - Wild Poppy SoapDuring 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 

5) presentation, presentation, presentation (Does it present well as a gift?)

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

The jury is reviewing ONLINE APPLICATIONS ONLY for 2020.

APPLY HERE:

STEP ONE:  Locate the login on this page for the secure online entry portal: Entrythingy

STEP TWO:  If you already have an Entrythingy account, please login.  If not, then create a login.

STEP THREE:  Once you have logged in, locate the Gallery of Gifts “Call for Entries” for either Round One, or Round Two  

STEP FOUR: Input your basic information, and then upload photos of your items, along with a brief description, price or price range, and an approximate quantity of the item you would be willing to bring.  (See more info on this below.) 

STEP FIVE:  Once complete, click submit.



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

When is Gallery of Gifts 2020?

This year, the Gallery of Gifts exhibit will take place November 7-December 23, 2020.  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?

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 of their items submitted.  Artists are not permitted to bring items that are not approved by the jury during the selection process.   

TO APPLY:

STEP ONE:  Locate the login on this page for the secure online entry portal: Entrythingy

STEP TWO:  If you already have an Entrythingy account, please login.  If not, then create a login.

STEP THREE:  Once you have logged in, locate the Gallery of Gifts “Call for Entries” for either Round One, or Round Two

STEP FOUR:  Input your basic information, and then upload photos of your items, along with a brief description, price or price range, and an approximate quantity of the item you would be willing to bring.  (See more info on this below.)  Once complete, click submit.  

For consideration by the jury, please submit the following, along with your online application:

1)  Photographs of your items. 

We suggest taking photographs in natural light on a neutral wall backdrop so that the jurors will be able to see your items easily.  Multiple views of items are welcome.  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 wishes 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.  

**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.

Along with the Piece Description for your photographs, please include the following information:

2)  A very brief description of your items 

For Example: Ceramic Mugs: Raku Fired    Additional information is optional, but not required.

3)  Prices for your Items (or a price range for each type of item)

For Example:  Mugs, $35.00 each  OR  Mugs (range: $25-$38)

4)  The quantity of items you would be willing to bring if your items are accepted.

Listing an approximate quantity is fine.  We just need to know if you are thinking of bringing 2, 20, or 200!  Jurors may suggest another quantity to you, based on past sales records.

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.

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.

What if I'm having trouble with my online application?

Please reach out to us at galleryofgiftsnh@gmail.com, and we will be happy to help.

When is the deadline to submit my work?

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

          Round One:  AUGUST 24th
          Round Two:  SEPTEMBER 21st

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.