Artist Opportunity - 2011 Looking For Art tour

NE Loess Hills    The Nebraska Loess Hills Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council and the Lewis and Clark Scenic Byway are planning the 2011 Looking For Art tour and are seeking artists to participate.  This annual event provides an opportunity for local and regional artists to exhibit and sell their original artwork during a weekend self guided tour along the beautiful Lewis and Clark Scenic Byway. 

    The first Looking For Art tour  happened in 2010.  The 2010 event featured 32 artists at six sites in six different communities along the Byway.   A total of 445 visitors signed in during the two day event.  The 2011 tour will feature five sites in five Byway communities and even more artist space.  The five communities hosting the 2011 tour are Blair, Tekamah, Decatur, Winnebago and South Sioux City.  Artists are invited to exhibit and sell their artwork at one of the five host sites.

    This event is promoted and advertised statewide through ads in Nebraska Life Magazine, Discover Northeast Nebraska Travel Guide, The Omaha World Herald, Sioux City Journal and newspapers throughout northeast Nebraska.  The event is also promoted via the Lewis and Clark Scenic Byway website, The Nebraska Loess Hills Resource Conservation & Development Council website, Facebook, and area radio stations.  

    The RC&D Council and Byway are actively seeking artists to participate in the 2011 event.     The schedule for the 2011 event is as follows:   Artist set up:  Friday,  April  29th  2-7 p.m.;  Event days:   Saturday, April 30th  9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. and  Sunday, April 18th 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.  Artists must participate on both event days.

    Art mediums sought include painting, sculpture, photography, fiber art, metalwork, pottery, stained glass, blown glass, art quilts, woodcarving, and mixed media work.  Other mediums will be considered, please contact us.  All art must be an original design created by the exhibiting artist.  Prints and reproductions of an artist’s original work may also be included.  Use of “kits” or commercially available patterns is not permitted.   

    Artists are responsible for setting up their own displays, “minding” their space and handling their own sales. No commissions will be charged for sales made during the event by the host site or sponsors.  Each artist should request a specific host site.  Host site requests will be honored on a first come, first served basis until the site is full.  Plan to request a specific site early so you are not disappointed.  Any site space limitations will be determined based on the number of artists exhibiting at the site.

    To participate, an artist must be a member of the Lewis and Clark Scenic Byway (individual annual membership $15.00) OR the Nebraska Loess Hills RC&D Council (membership $45.00).  Each artist must also complete and return the forms in the artist registration packet (which includes a Byway membership form) and pay a $10.00 space fee (waived for  Byway Partner members).   

    If you are interested in participating, please contact me at the Nebraska Loess Hills RC&D Council office, (402)685-5175 or deb.ward@rcdnet.net and request an artist registration packet.   All registration forms and fees must be paid before space will be reserved for an artist.  Please share information about this opportunity with other artists and please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.   

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