Artwork should be delivered to Artworks Studio by 4pm on Sunday, January 30, 2022. (I recommend messaging or emailing us to check on a good time for delivering your artwork.)
1. All pieces should be ready to hang (if 2D) and preferably framed.
2. You may submit art in any medium, including photography.
3. All work should be original and not plagiarized or copied in any form.
4. Work may be submitted along with your story, or you may decide that you wish us to hang your work anonymously. For either option, please let Sara know before submitting work so all printed work can be done in the same format.
PLEASE NOTE: We will attempt to find room for all pieces submitted, but if the volume of entries precludes us hanging all of the work, we cannot therefore guarantee that each piece will be selected. For this reason, Artworks Studio reserves the right to decline artwork. Artwork that is understood or perceived to not fit within the goal of this exhibit will not be accepted.
The opening reception will take place on Saturday, February 5th from 4 to 7pm. It might feel (or look) strange to say "Come and celebrate with us." However, to those dear souls with mental health illnesses; to trauma survivors, to anyone who just wants to tell their story and is brave enough to share it - we think that is definitely worth celebrating!
What I remember most from the exhibit in 2016 was how often people thanked me for hosting the exhibit. It really surprised me at the time, and it humbled me. People have a need to tell their stories.
At the time, my intentions were to host the heARTworks Exhibit every year. The death of two family members and my own struggles caused me to hit the PAUSE button for a while. I am so very excited and honored to be able to extend this invitation once again.
"The heARTworks Exhibit was born in 2016 when I realized that many, many people dreaded the month of February. Life isn't always a box of chocolates, and some people just want Valentines Day, and the subsequent bombardment of flower sales, rings, teddy bears, happiness and more, to just be over. Of course for many people it's a wonderful day. I get it, and I'm certainly not here to be a Valentine's Day hater!
It just seemed that February was a good time to flip the coin and tell the other story. The story that might encompass daily pain; personal battles or addictions; difficulty getting out of bed; mental health struggles; PTSD; shame; guilt; anger; sadness; pain; depression; anxiety; or the re-living (over and over and over) of a life-changing moment in your life. It's the story of Everyman and Everywoman. He or she is a civilian or an active duty or retired member of the military.
I want to honor you and your story by giving you space to share it, if you are ready.