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Quandary: Where aspiring Summit artists can get their work seen

Dear Quandary,

I’m an aspiring artist, how can I get my work on display in Summit?


In a brush rush

From the public works guy in Silverthorne to your local waitresses, it seems like everyone in Summit has some artistic aspirations. Luckily, a lot of those aspirations center on displaying work for others, so there is no shortage of galleries looking to make you the next Picasso. My best advice? Hit the pavement. There are tons of local businesses and galleries just itching to show your stuff, but the availability changes regularly, so go meet your neighbors.

First though, let’s take a minute and do some basic self-assessment before sending your works off to the Louvre. To start with, has anyone ever looked at your art and asked “Oh, how old were you when you made that?” If so, you might try and focus on a new career path, or at the very least, a different art form. Also, has your art ever been mistaken for a trash can? I know, that’s what the muses supplied you with, but before you quit your job and buy a clay wheel, be honest, is it really what you were going for? Art is a very personal process, and for some that’s all it is. Harsh I know, but not everyone will get you, and if you can’t sell your stuff, you are just another guy getting chased out of a campsite in Montezuma.

If the above pep talk only steeled your resolve instead of sending you into a Kafka-esque crisis, you might have the chops after all. In that case, like I said, luckily there are plenty of people here willing to help you chase the dream. The Art Forum is even in the process of curating a show as we speak. Their next exhibit, (e)Motion will go up for the summer, so the muses may have struck you a little late for that to be your breakthrough moment, but have no fear the fall/winter show, Faces, might be just the opportunity you’ve been waiting for. If you are looking for inspiration though, the (e)Motion exhibit will open at the County Commons on Sunday, May 22 with a reception from 4-6 p.m. So go take a look at what other local artists are creating — the Art Forum really wants to emphasis the community in this space, so all 14 artists in the current exhibit have a local connection — and see how your masterpiece could fit into the space. Even if your work needs a little extra space (and dimensions) the commons can accommodate, so don’t be afraid to jump outside the frame.

Their next show, Faces, is an opportunity to show off your creative side. Sure portraits qualify just fine, but why not see what other faces you can find? A fox, a clock, a mountain? The possibilities are endless. To make sure your face sticks out from the crowd send a biography (something in a nice calligraphy pen might be catchy) and samples of your work to Leslie Walker at leslie.walker@summitcountyco.gov. Chances are she’ll be very nice, even if your artistic destiny is to hang stuff on the fridge. Just make sure you do so by mid-July at the latest, as the show will go on display sometime in mid-September. Once you’ve passed the first test, Walker will bring your works to committee where you will be judged by a whole group of artists — sounds intimidating right? Well, don’t be scared, as they say, nothing ventured nothing gained. So why not give it a try? Who knows, that post-modernist ashtray of yours could be the next piece to rock the art world. In the meantime, if you want more information on the Art Forum check out their fancy new website at http://www.co.summit.co.us/1049/Summit-County-Art-Forum.

Quandary, an old and wise mountain goat, has been around Summit County for ages, and has the answers to any question about life, love and laws in the High Country. Have a question for Quandary? Send an email to quandary@summitdaily.com

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