Handmade Crafts » artist jury http://www.mountainmade.com/blog The blog of West Virginia handmade art and handmade crafts. Wed, 11 Jul 2012 14:48:29 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.8.5 en hourly 1 May Exhibit: Mary Hurst (Fine Art/Oil) http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/may-exhibit-mary-hurst-fine-artoil http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/may-exhibit-mary-hurst-fine-artoil#comments Tue, 04 May 2010 22:00:30 +0000 Heidi Haldeen http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=775
Mary Hurst (new juried artist)

We first met Mary in a MountainMade Studio class (Encaustic Painting with Michael Doig). It was no surprise in November 2009 when Mary’s work was juried in. She thinks “BIG.” Mary’s chosen medium is oil paints, abstracting from the plant life in her native Appalachian Mountains.

She tries to convey the sense of spirituality that can be felt while visiting a forest. She isolates and combines moments of particular appeal. Mary intuitively reacts to the colors and design elements within the forest floor, allowing them to evolve naturally.

Mary lives and works in her hometown of Fayetteville, W.Va., near the famed New River Gorge. Her oil paintings explore the wonder and spirit that she says are present in the world, especially the natural world.

She uses recognizable imagery, but distorts and combines it to create abstract compositions. Mary is currently developing her body of work related to the forests of the New River Gorge. This is her first Gallery exhibit with MountainMade.

She has also shown her work at Black Bear Burritos and the Paul Mesaros Gallery in Morgantown. We can’t wait to see what Mary Hurst can do!

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The How and Why of MountainMade’s Artist Jury Process http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/the-how-and-why-of-mountainmades-artist-jury-process http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/the-how-and-why-of-mountainmades-artist-jury-process#comments Tue, 16 Mar 2010 00:11:47 +0000 Heidi Haldeen http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=447 There are many reasons to submit your art to the MountainMade Jury process. Professional feedback, marketing resources, and being represented by a well-respected artist organization are just a few.

There are many reasons to submit your art to the MountainMade Jury process. Professional feedback, marketing resources, and being represented by a well-respected artist organization are just a few of the ways you will benefit from applying to be a MountainMade artist.

At MountainMade, we believe our artist jury process sets us apart from other organizations. Our customers and our artists benefit from the artist jury process. MountainMade shoppers know they are getting very high quality, well made art from an organization that cares for its artists, and our artists receive valuable feedback and marketing resources.

MountainMade is gearing up for the first of 3 Jury Session in 2010. We will be working with our artist jurors on Monday, March 22, 2010 to review the works artists have submitted so far this year. We understand that submitting art to the MountainMade jury process is an emotional experience, but we also believe is personally and professional rewarding. That is why we commit the day to review and remark on the pieces submitted, making an effort to provide honest, insightful, and useful feedback to all participating artists.Creative people know the value of taking safe risks. Without creative exploration and critical feedback, no artist advances his or her skill. MountainMade offers just such safe risks in the form of our artists’ jury. The jury process offers valuable insight into how you might improve your art with the possibility of becoming a MountainMade artist. Our artists enjoy an abundance of benefits including product listing on our website and display at our retail spaces.

As a juried MountainMade artist, you will gain invaluable exposure and clout. MountainMade is a lighthouse for West Virginia artists and crafts people. MountainMade artists put their hearts and souls into creating the quality, hand-made products that we carry. Art enthusiasts know that MountainMade artists are creating beautiful, well made art that will last generations.

Juried MountainMade artists enjoy plenty of perks. We have a dedicated staff working around the clock to promote your products on our website, in our retail galleries, and across the internet. Our staff will always give you a friendly smile or offer to get your car un-stuck during a blizzard!

Juried MountainMade artists enjoy plenty of perks. We have a dedicated staff working around the clock to promote your products on our website, in our retail galleries, and across the internet. Our staff will always offer a friendly smile or a hand if you've managed to get your car stuck while delivering art during a blizzard!

If you are a West Virginia artist interested in becoming an artist for MountainMade, please call us at 1-877-686-6233, ex.114 to request a jury application or download one from the MountainMade Artist Resource Page on our website. We ask for 3 examples of your work (you’re welcome to bring/send more because there is no limit), and welcome any photographs or portfolio that you may have. Based on your submissions, jurors look at the breadth and consistency of your work.

The results and comments (constructive comments are offered) will arrive by mail within a few days of the jury selection process. Officially, please allow for 2 weeks, but I can’t stand waiting myself, so you’ll likely get a letter from me within a matter of days. If you are accepted as a MountainMade artist, you’ll be hearing from the lovely Carrie Nestor in our inventory department.

Whether you’re a quilter, potter, woodworker, candle-maker, gourmand, etc. who’s already selling (and looking for another market), or just starting out as a professional artist needing a leg-up, we look forward to reviewing your work. Are you ready to submit your work to the MountainMade Jury?

MountainMade represents real artists from West Virginia, and we never forget it. We work on behalf of the artists we serve to help them earn a living wage doing what they love: making beautiful, functional, quality artwork.

MountainMade represents real artists from West Virginia, and we never forget it. We work on behalf of the artists we serve to help them earn a living wage doing what they love: making beautiful, functional, quality artwork. We understand what "handmade" means and we are proud to represent the skilled hands (and people) that make the art we carry.

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