Applying to Exhibit
Annual Exhibit Call
The Gallery at LE Shore offers up to 12 exhibits annually, each juried by the Arts & Culture Council (ACC). Exhibits generally open on the first Saturday of the month and close the last Thursday of the month. Dates of Openings can be found in the Event Calendar and Exhibits. During the pandemic we have shifted these opening dates and are not holding receptions. Some shows are in the Gallery only, while others are virtual on our website or a hybrid.
Monthly exhibits are a combination of invitational, open call, and salon show with annual schedules announced approximately one year in advance. We will be holding several calls in 2022 and information will be identified on this page: the February Salon Show, the Municipal Art Program, and 2023 Exhibit Call. These will be announced on this website, In the Gallery blog, and within our E-Newsletter. Please subscribe for additional information. Beginning in 2022 we will have all applications online only.
Showcases, located along the entry to the L.E. Shore Branch and The Gallery are available for rent on a monthly basis to promote organizations, events and businesses. Displays may include saleable items. If items are for sale, a inventory list must be provided with prices.
The rental cost is $25 per month. The Library will take 25% commission for sales.
- Interior dimensions of cases are approximately 51” wide by 38” high by 12” deep.
- A cork background and bracket shelf system is installed in each case with glass shelves available.
- There is florescent lighting in the ceiling of each case.
- The case closes with glass doors that lock.
February Salon Show: Celebrating the Colour Purple
Celebrating the Colour Purple
The Arts and Culture Council (ACC) for The Gallery at L.E. Shore announces an open invitation, Salon Arts and Crafts exhibition.
Every year the ACC hosts a salon show where artists may submit to hang in The Gallery and we cover the walls from floor to ceiling with local art. The 2022 Salon Show will open on Saturday, January 29th and run through Friday, February 24th with a theme of The Colour Purple. All art should meet this theme.
Applying to Show: Applications are available for download or paper copies are available at The Gallery at L.E. Shore. Applications may be submitted anytime between now and Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 7:00pm. All artwork must be delivered to The Gallery at L.E. Shore on Thursday between 10:00am and 7:00pm. If you cannot deliver on that day, you may contact TheGallery@TheBlueMountains.ca if special arrangements can be available.
Up to 3 pieces may be submitted for inclusion in this exhibit, each of which must meet the Conditions to Exhibit listed on the application. The Arts and Culture Council will do our best to hang all artwork submitted; however due to space we may need to contact you to retrieve pieces following the hanging on Friday, January 28, 2022. All works must be available for purchase and The Gallery charges a 25% commission on all sales.
Submission(s): There is a $10 charge for the application which includes between 1 and 3 pieces. Only 1 application per artist will be accepted.
2022 Juried Show
The ACC is excited to announce The Gallery at L.E. Shore's Juried Show 2022. Registration opens March 15, 2022 and closes April 30, 2022.
Submission Categories: 2D (e.g. paintings, tapestry, quilts, etc.), 3D (e.g. sculpture, hangable art with depth, jewelry, etc.), and Photography.
Age Divisions: General and Youth (20 or under).
Dates of Importance
Below is a general list of dates:
- July (2D and 3D) runs July 5 - August 1.
- August (Photography) runs August 3 - September 1.
- Registration and Application Open March 15 - April 30 through the online portal [link will be available from this page by April 30th].
- First round of Jurying and Shortlisting - May 1.
- Shortlist announced and all registrant comments available for review - June 9.
- Drop-off of Art - July 2 (2D/3D), and July 30 (Photography).
- Jurying and awards announced - July 9 and August 2.
Main Categories and Divisions: The ACC and Sponsors will be providing awards at 3 levels.
2D, 3D, and Photography:
- 1st Prize: $500
- 2nd Prize: $200
- 3rd Prize: $100
- Youth 1st Prize: $200
- Youth 2nd Prize: $100
- Youth 3rd Prize: $50
Jurors Choice: Additionally a Jurors choice award will be provided by each of the 3 judges in the 2D/3D and Photography in each Division.
Peoples Choice: The ACC will also be awarding a Peoples Choice award to both Divisions.
The ACC will be announcing sponsors in mid-March. If you would like to be a sponsor for this event or any of the prizes/categories, please contact the Arts and Culture Council.
Once the jurying has been completed, the list of the jurors will be provided here.
The Application Portal will be open March 15, 2022 and close on April 30, 2022. $25 application fee per submission will apply for General applications. No fee is charged for Youth applicants.
Municipal Arts Program - CLOSED
The Arts & Culture Council (ACC), on behalf of the Municipal Arts Program (MAP), annually announces a Call to Artists for submissions for the coming year’s exhibition. Regional visual artists are encouraged to apply for this annual juried art exhibition. All art must be wall mountable and available for sale. Selected art will be on exhibit at Town Hall for a period of 12 months beginning in August of each year. In the event of a piece being sold while on exhibit, the committee may co-ordinate to provide a juried selection to replace the sold piece.
The 2021-2022 exhibit launched August 30, 2021. This show is also available online via our MAP 2021-2022 webpage.
The Gallery at L.E. Shore Application
The Gallery (Main Room) Applications
The Gallery at L.E. Shore is our main room and is a large open space. During the pandemic, this space is also being used as a browsable library room, which we hope will return to full Gallery space sometime during 2022. The Gallery is used for Library speaker series and other programs, so all materials must be able to be securely affixed to the walls. Pottery, jewelry, or other art forms may be considered for display in the Showcases and, when approved by the ACC as part of the annual exhibition plan, can be promoted as part of the monthly show.
Applications - 2022 Exhibition Schedule are now Closed
Artists wishing to exhibit in a Showcase may apply through The Gallery application (annual) or Showcase Rental application. Only Showcases provided through annual call for applications will receive promotion. No external promotion is given to Showcases rentals. Rental fees apply only to those not part of an established show.
Criteria for Exhibition
While the ACC does not have set criteria for selection of artists and work to be shown in The Gallery at L.E. Shore, the following priorities have been established within the ACC Terms of Reference:
- exhibition of local artists
- a balance of exhibitions of emerging and established artists
- artists who have not shown in The Gallery within the previous year (excluding February Salon or Juried Shows)
- artists who are not showing in other local galleries within four months of planned L.E. Shore exhibit.
- artists who can demonstrate a connection to The Blue Mountains or Southern Georgian Bay region.
Priority is given to artists for Showcases rentals, with first right of refusal given to those exhibiting in The Gallery at L.E. Shore.
Set priorities of the Town Hall exhibits can be found in the Municipal Art Program.