Juried art shows – and how to make a crane (the bird kind)

Good news yesterday – one of my pieces was accepted for the International Encaustic Artists “Poetry Bleeds Rust” exhibit in at the NAWA Gallery in New York. Boy, am I surprised, first of all, because encaustic is a stretch for me, and secondly, the piece that was selected was not the one I expected to be, if any were. Here are the three pieces – which one do you think juror Jenn Dierdorf choose?

She chose the third piece, Rune and Relic – that’s the one I had to re-do because the first version didn’t fit the size retirement. I liked the one called Campfire Poems better, but there ya have it. If you decide enter a juried show, remember these things (I try to):

1. If you are rejected, don’t take it personally – put yourself in the juror’s place – it’s a tough job and opinions about art are extremely subjective and subject to one’s own taste. After all, you don’t like every piece you see in a gallery or museum, maybe not *any* of them.

2. If you are accepted, be grateful! But don’t start making every piece of art you do from then on just like the accepted piece – be true to yourself and continue on your own intuitive path, even if it veers off in another direction. Don’t let acceptance of one piece by a juror determine your limits.

3. Keep entering shows even if you don’t get in – it gives you a free critique, a new perspective, and a sense of professionalism. Both of my entries in this year’s San Antonio Art League show were rejected, but I figure they didn’t resonate with the juror. I liked them though, and I’ll keep working and submitting. So there! Neener neener 🙂

And now, for your weekend folding pleasure, here’s one from the vault, a video tutorial I did for a friend two years ago before I had the big Studio. It’s a five-minute origami crane – can you do it in five minutes? Ready – GO! And have a great weekend.

8 thoughts on “Juried art shows – and how to make a crane (the bird kind)

  1. Congratulations, Lyn! What a coup! Yes, I would have picked “Campfire Poems” over “Runes & Relics” although both are gorgeous and very evocative, each in their own way. I never cease to be amazed by what and how others SEE exactly the same thing or how different folk will apply the same criteria. Perhaps R&R is just looked rustier to her…

  2. More of your beautiful work to admire…. They are all three wonderful.

    My thoughts:
    I love the face in Campfire Poems. Cool and evocative.

    I can see why Runes and Relics was chosen by the juror. So much detail for the viewer to absorb and contemplate. I guess more is sometimes more.

    Reading through the show requirements is exhausting. (Insert little lazy-person smile here.)

    Congratulations, Lyn, and thanks for sharing. You rock (and here’s to rust)!


  3. Congratulations Lyn. very exciting! Wish you had posted a photo of the piece on the email!! However, I know it is lovely!

  4. Wow, thanks, y’all – what you say makes sense – I am so drawn to rust lately. Must be these rusty old bones! But rust has a spectrum of all my favorite colors, even the blue-green patina – Mary, you can see the images if you click on the link in the email. I don’t know why the galleries don’t show up in that format – arg.

  5. Hi Lyn,
    Congratulations on having your work selected for the exhibition. Although I really like them all, my first choice would have been Campfire Poems too.

  6. Oh, thanks for the crane folding video too, I just recently made my first one with my little granddaughter. I’ve pinned your video for help when I next need it.

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