Friday, Aug. 1 at 7 pm
Reception Invites Community to Remember Past Works & Rebuild Future Works
Call to Community Artists for Art & Membership Support
San Jose, Calif., July 14-Works/San José (Works) is regrouping and reopening at 451 South First Street, San Jose, Calif., with a relaunch of its annual members’ exhibition on Fri., Aug. 1, 2008 at 7 pm till late. The exhibition will last six weeks, extending through Sat., Sept. 13.
Works announced the “works re: group” exhibition this week, calling for members to refresh their memberships, participate in the exhibition with one “ready-to-hang” piece of art, and support gallery initiatives with membership and volunteerism.
The “works re: group” event on Fri., Aug. 1, will include a gala reception and showcase the core of the nonprofit organization’s mission: to be a creative laboratory dedicated to providing an environment where artists, audience, and ideas interact to expand the scope of cultural and artistic experience. The community-based art organization moved to 451 S. First Street in early 2007-a move that came with unexpected real estate, regulatory and financial demands that prevented the organization from extending its mission to the community.
“We’re past the major hurdles that have been weighing the organization down, and now is a great time for the community to get involved,” says Steve Cooley, president of Works’ board. “Works is what you put into it. We hope people will renew their memberships and show a piece of art in our members’ exhibit.”
One such way includes a call to build support through membership with basic rates reduced to $25/ year. Works is also extending a call to volunteers, whose help is needed for the installation and also to gallery sit during the exhibition hours from August 1 through September 13. Interested volunteers are urged to email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
“While a handful of people give very generously of their creativity and time, and overall individual donations are up-we’d also like to see a boost of monetary support,” continues Cooley.
The unjuried format of the annual members’ exhibition has provided many aspiring community members their artistic debut setting Works/San Jose apart from art organizations in the area.
For the installation beginning Aug. 1, members of Works are invited to place one work of art into the exhibition. Each single piece must be ready to hang (framed/mounted with all hanging hardware). Space is limited for this popular exhibition, and artwork requirements for exhibition are available at www.workssanjose.org.
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About Works/San Jose
Works/San Jose is Silicon Valley’s community art and performance center-a non-profit creative laboratory dedicated to providing an environment where artists, audience, and ideas interact to expand the scope of cultural and artistic experience. To become a member or for more information, please visit: www.workssanjose.org.
works’ art submission specs
Each member of Works is invited to place one work of art into the exhibition, as space is limited for this popular exhibition. Each single piece must be ready to hang (framed/mounted with all hanging hardware).
- Wall pieces must be limited to 24 inches in width by 24 inches in height;
- Sculptural pieces must be limited to 24 inches in width and depth. Please include instructions for pedestals, suspensions, or any other special display requests.
- Performance artists, who would like to present a work during the reception, are asked to email Works (at email@example.com) by 4pm on July 26 to reserve space.
Works also requests a resume and artist statement to accompany submitted artwork. Exhibition entry form and exhibition agreement can be completed when you deliver your work or can be downloaded at www.workssanjose.org.
All work must be hand-delivered to 451 South 1st Street on Thursday, July 24, 6 – 8 pm, or Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26, noon to 4 pm. (No artwork can be accepted after 4 pm, July 26.)
At the end of the exhibition, pieces will be available for pick-up on Saturday and Sunday, September 13 – 14, from 4 – 6 pm.
Media Contact: Cynthia Thomet, (808) 344-0958, firstname.lastname@example.org