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On the Ledge: Eyes Wide

On The Ledge Blanchet House event

Calling All Artists!

The Blanchet House Young Professionals Board kicks off its first annual art show fundraiser, “On The Ledge!” This will be a unique opportunity to purchase limited edition prints from a curated collection focused on local artists. The featured art is specially designed for display on one-of-a-kind art ledges made at the Blanchet Farm. As COVID-19 has shaken our world, we want to shine a light on the growing problems of food insecurity and housing instability through an online art show. The subtitle and motif of the event for this inaugural year is “Eyes Wide,” which should be at least partially used as inspiration for newly created works or a theme of existing works to be submitted. Learn more or submit artwork for consideration here https://forms.gle/TNGeGqxxk9E8iNtdA

About the Art

Metering, by Jeremy Okai Davis

Metering, by Jeremy Okai Davis

Limited Edition Prints

50% of each sale will benefit the Blanchet House, with the remaining 50% going to the artist. Blanchet House will produce and ship high quality, 10”x10” giclée prints at the close of the online market. Each print will be priced at an accessible $50 to attract a wide audience and account for the financial uncertainty of this time.

Original Works

As a nonprofit organization, we cannot offer artists compensation for materials and labor. However, if you are producing a physical piece and wish to sell the original work through the art show site, please indicate such on your proposal. Blanchet House is offering a 70/30 split on sales of original artwork, favoring the artist.

The Ledges

The prints are specifically designed to be displayed on art ledges crafted in the woodshop at the Blanchet Farm in Carlton, OR by men in recovery there. As conceived, the ledges have concealed mounts on the back to create a floating aesthetic, with an angled notch to hold the prints. Difficulties stemming from coronavirus and turnover at the farm have made it impossible to guarantee orders for ledges can be filled by September this year. We are monitoring the situation and hope the Blanchet Farm will be able to produce the ledges in the near future. At 12”, 24” or 36” wide, the ledges can accommodate 1-3 prints. While wood species, stain, and inlay will vary.

Sales

Each art piece will be available for purchase as a 10”x10” print. Original works will also be auctioned off with a reserve bid set by the artist. Originals must either be in a print-ready digital format, or capable of being scanned for high-quality reproduction. The original does not need to be submitted with a 1:1 aspect ratio. However, if it is not, the artist will need to agree on the desired cropping mask placement for the prints.

Assessment Criteria

Proposals will be assessed and selected based on their ability to meet the outline criteria and fit with event motif. Blanchet House welcomes all artwork but reserves the right to refuse submissions that do not align with the mission of Blanchet House. Learn more or submit artwork for consideration here https://forms.gle/TNGeGqxxk9E8iNtdA

About the Event

This event will primarily serve to introduce the mission and values of the Blanchet House to an audience looking for ways to support the community through this crisis. Originally intended to be a traditional art show and fundraiser, we have pivoted to an online event. We recognize the creative community has also been hit hard by this pandemic, and intend to use the low costs of an online event to share more profits with makers. We’re all painfully aware of the dire personal situation the pandemic has created for so many around the world, but it’s sometimes more difficult to find ways to address this pain and struggle going on in our community; it can all be so overwhelming. Blanchet provides myriad opportunities to engage with the community in need and enables us all to be a part of the solution to a growing problem. The art pieces selected will be a primary point of discussion focused on the roots and experience of the issues Blanchet aims to address, as well as the access to solutions Blanchet provides.

Timeline

April 28 – May 15: Accepting proposals submitted to https://bit.ly/BHontheledgeForm

Saturday, Sept. 19: On The Ledge: Eyes Wide Pickup Party (location TBD)

Questions? Contact Julia Ford 

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