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.

Showcase Details

  • 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.

Book a Showcase

APPLICATIONS OPEN JULY 2022

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.

2023 Exhibition Schedule opens July 2022

Categories

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:

  • 2022 Juried Art Show runs July 5 - September 1.
  • Registration and Application Open March 15 - April 30 through the online portal. 
  • First round of Jurying and Shortlisting - May 1.
  • Shortlist announced and all registrant comments available for review - June 16.
  • Drop-off of Art - July 2.
  • Reception with awards announced - July 9. 

Awards

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

ACC's Choice: The ACC will also be awarding an award to both Divisions.

Peoples Choice: Voting will open for the People's Choice on opening day. Check back for the link!

Jurors

  • Beverley Smith (2D/3D)
  • Philip Craig (2D/3D)
  • Andrea Rinaldo (2D/3D)
  • Lenore Burton (photography)
  • Robert Burcher (photography)

APPLICATIONS CLOSED

The Arts & Culture Council (ACC), on behalf of the Municipal Art Program (MAP), annually announces a Call to Artists for submissions for the coming year’s exhibition. This call closes annually on the last day of June. 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.

How to Apply

  1. Pick 1-3 pieces to submit (this can be any medium).
  2. Fill out the Application Form.
  3. Send high quality photos of your submissions and a PDF of your application to MAP@TheBlueMountains.ca.

The Call for the 2022-2023 applications close June 10, 2022. The exhibit will launch August 2022This show will also be available online via our MAP 2022-2023 webpage.

For more information visit our Municipal Arts Program (MAP) webpage. If you have any questions, please email MAP@TheBlueMountains.ca.

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. 
  • all individual contracts follow the Condition of Exhibition.

Showcase

Priority is given to artists for Showcases rentals, with first right of refusal given to those exhibiting in The Gallery at L.E. Shore.  

MAP

Set priorities of the Town Hall exhibits can be found in the Municipal Art Program.

All individual contracts follow the Condition of Exhibition.