Sunday, December 30, 2012

ARTIST OPPORTUNITIES: Secret Art Show, Vinyl-Only and Chalk It Up For Art

Broward Art Guild seeks "secret" 5" x 7" artworks for a BAG fundraiser that will run 7-10 p.m. March 1. As for the secret nature of the works, each should be signed on the back rather than on the front so that the identity of the artist remains a secret. Anyone who donated an artwork meeting the above described criteria will get into the show for free and their work will be posted on the website for about a year. As BAG notes in its show announcement: "The deadline is February 15th, however, the sooner participating artists drop off their works to the Broward Art Guild, the sooner we can post it on the website."

Initially, the works will be posted without artist information, and the artist's name, art work title and contact information will be posted after the event. Admission to the event is $10 for those who are not donating art or making a $50 tax-deductible donation to get an artwork lottery ticket. At the event, those tickets will be randomly drawn and the holders of each ticket sold can select a work to take home. The earlier one's ticket is drawn, the bigger the selection they will have. Deadline for submissions is Feb. 15.

Vinyl-Only Art Show is all about art made from or on vinyl records. "Be creative and come up with your own unique twist," Gina Bentivegna of Green Room suggests "Thrift stores sell old vinyl records for super cheap and what better than to take something old and make it into beautiful art?"

Each artist can submit up to five painted, sculpted or collaged records. Intake is 6-9 p.m. Feb. 20 and pickup is 6-9 p.m. March 6. There is no entry fee and artists keep 100 percent of money made on whatever they sell. E-mail Gina at and confirmed artists will receive an intake form. The show will include live music, DJ sets by Andie Sweetswirl and friends and 2-4-1 select beers and mixed drinks until midnight at the opening, which begins at 10 p.m. Feb. 23.

Chalk It Up For Art, the museum's third annual chalk art event, is open to amateur and professional artists and teams of up to four people who wish to design and draw chalk artworks in front of the museum. Participating artists will include Nzingah Oniwosan. Museum organizers note that they created the event to "introduce and engage the community to the fine arts using a medium that does not require significant time and monetary investment. It was felt that chalk art was something that the majority of potential participants would be least apprehensive of trying out for the first time." The event will run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 26 at Coral Springs Museum of Art, 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs (954-340-5000). Design and registration must be submitted by Jan. 23. There's a participation fee of $10 per space (even for artists who bring their own chalk). Interested artists should visit The museum's regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission runs from $3 for students to $6 for adults, with a $1 discount for seniors and tour members. Free for members and kids under 12.

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