Call for Artists

posted Feb 17, 2013, 8:44 AM by League of Reston Artists Webmaster   [ updated Feb 17, 2013, 8:54 AM ]

Northern Virginia Artists & Art League Members:


You Are Cordially Invited To Submit Your Artwork For A City Of Fairfax Spotlight Celebration

A Kaleidoscope Celebration of Art & Music!


This special judged art exhibition will tentatively open on Friday, April 12 and be on exhibit through May 30, 2013. Artists from across Fairfax and Northern Virginia will be invited to share their creative and contemporary efforts, while competing with a variety of ‘Best Of Show’ honors that will be awarded by the City of Fairfax. The public will be invited to a free opening wine and cheese reception and concert on Friday, April 26 from 7 to 9 PM. The very respected local group, Síor-Óg, will perform 17th and 18th century Celtic Baroque music.  This event will be perfect for the entire family!


Kaleidoscope Art Celebration Awards:

We will have two categories with 8 awards. One award category will be for all paintings, drawings and multi-media. The second award category will be for fine art photography, serigraphs and lithographs.

Best In Show -- $100 Each & A Spotlight Certificate Of Award

First Place -- $50 Each & A Spotlight Certificate Of Award

Second Place -- $25 Each & A Certificate Of Award

Special Merit – Kaleidoscope Art Honor -- A Certificate Of Award



All potential artwork submissions must come to the attention of Larry Oskin at You may submit up to three pieces per artist, with low resolution images and the attached application. Oskin will pre-judge all entries, accepting the best 60 pieces for this show. Ms. Joanna M. Ormesher, MIoD, Cultural Tourism, City of Fairfax Marketing Director and the esteemed Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts Executive Director, will be responsible make the decision on all final pieces as well as to judge this show for the awards and honors.


Schedule Of Events:

  • Art Submissions: All potential artwork submissions must be sent by email to Larry Oskin as noted above no later than March 10, 2013.
  • Accepted Artwork: Artists will be notified of their acceptances by Sunday March 28, 2013 via email.
  • Artwork Delivery and ‘Hanging Day’: Tentatively -- Thursday, April 4, 2013 from 3:30 to 6:30 PM.  Once registered, as confirmed hanging  date will be announced.
  • Opening Art Reception, Award Presentation & Concert: Friday, April 26 from 7 to 9 PM.
  • Pickup after the April / May Spotlight Art Show: Thursday, May 30 from 3:30 to 6 PM.


Advantages, Eligibility & Entry Guidelines:

  • Sherwood Center: This exciting art venue will be open to the Fairfax community 7 days a week with very nice traffic.
  • There will be no registration or hanging fees.
  • Art Sales: The sales and commissions will be handled by the City Of Fairfax, where they will take a 30% sales commission.

·         We will hang approximately 60 pieces of artwork in this show. You are invited to share up to 3 art submissions. We will accept up to 2 pieces of artwork per artist.

  • Qualified Art Submissions: All artwork submissions will need to have proper hanging wires on the back. We will create the Art Title & Price Cards. Art Title Cards will need to be attached to the bottom of each artwork frame as they cannot be attached to the Sherwood Center walls. “All artwork submissions must be available for sale.” If any of your artwork is sold, you will need to be ready to quickly replace that artwork with another piece of artwork within 24 hours, 48 hours at the most. Only art that will safely hang on a wall with wires will be acceptable.
  • City Of Fairfax Agreement: All artists will be required to sign a City Of Fairfax Art Agreement when dropping off artwork.
  • Original Artwork: As approved for the Sherwood Center, we will accept all original artwork, inclusive of all original limited edition signed and numbered artwork. Original artwork may be a single painting, drawing, photograph or sculpture to hang on a wall. Original limited edition fine art that is signed and numbered, will be acceptable as original art.
  • Sherwood Gallery Guidelines:  To meet the requirements of the City Manager, City Council and everyone involved, Joanna Ormesher will act as our final authority for all artwork proposed for hanging in the Sherwood Center, while she will have veto power to reject anything she does not deem appropriate.
  • Shared Responsibilities: The City of Fairfax will use reasonable care in handling and displaying artwork. They will not be responsible for any loss, theft or damage to artwork on display for this art show.
  • Hanging Committee Needed: We will need some volunteers, to help us hang this art show!
  • Location: The Sherwood Center, 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030

Larry H. Oskin

Fairfax Art League

Art Beautique, Inc. / Marketing Solutions, Inc.

10875 Main Street ~ Suite 205

Fairfax, VA 22030    USA

PHN:    703-359-6000   EXT: 22       FAX: 703-934-5490



This announcement and an entry form are attached below.