JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The Johns Creek Arts Guild has announced its inaugural juried art show sponsored by the guild itself, and is offering a $1,000 prize to the Best in Show.
Christened “Summer Serendipity,” the juried art competition opens Aug. 23 and was open to all artists 18 and older working in any medium.
Guild President Cynthia Wicker said the idea for a guild art show had been simmering for a while.
“It was something that had been talked about for a couple of years. We decided there was a gap in between the shows and major events at the [Johns Creek] Arts Center,” Wicker said. “So this will be our first Serendipity.”
With all of the planning and organizing for its first show, Serendipity did not get a wide range of awareness. Nevertheless, a large number of Georgia artists and some outside Georgia sent in entries.
In all, more than 200 entries were submitted in a number of media including oils, pastels, colored pencil, water color, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics and more. Around 80 have been selected for the show.
The juror for the exhibition is respected artist and gallery owner Patrick Taylor of the Taylor Kinzel Gallery in Roswell’s historic Canton Street district.
JCAC Executive Director Gail Hisle said this show is a first in that it is supported by the JC Arts Guild.
“They support us, and decided they wanted their own show,” Hisle said. “We had so many artists participating, I felt bad for Patrick [Taylor], because he had to judge them all. That was quite a task.”
Artists were allowed to enter up to three works each on computer image.
“Then he will have to come back and pick the overall winner. That’s going to be a tough job,” Hisle said.
The show also acts as a fundraiser for the JCAC, so entry fees and patron sponsorships just add to the bottom line that the JC Arts Guild can provide to the JC Arts Center.
“Everything we do goes to support the Johns Creek Arts Center in some way,” Wicker said. “Serendipity will not only be a fundraiser, but it will promote the Arts Center as a resource for the community.”
Guild members volunteer at the JCAC, help set up shows, promote art and the Arts Center in the community and solicit silent auction donations, among other things.
“They are artists and art enthusiasts. I couldn’t do without them,” Hisle said.
The show promises to be a huge success, based on the entries.
“We had a huge response from the artists,” Wicker said. “We are really thrilled with that. So we expect the show to grow each year.”
The show opens Aug. 23 with a free reception from 6 to 8 p.m. for the awarding of the prizes. There is no admission charge.
“A lot of the artists will be there. So people will be able to meet them,” Wicker said.
In addition, all of the art is for sale, and a portion of sales will go to the JCAC. Most of the artwork will be priced under $500.
For information, visit the Johns Creek Arts Center website at www.johnscreekarts.org or contact the office at 770-623-8448.