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---- — MT. VERNON — There are fewer than 12 slots left open for the upcoming Creativity Redefined! exhibition at Cedarhurst, so area artists should register soon if they want to participate.
This Community Art Exhibit, which runs Jan. 12 to Feb. 9, 2014, is open to anyone.
It is designed to showcase the wide array of artistic talent in this region, said Carrie Gibbs, director of the Shrode Art Center at the Cedarhurst Center for the Arts.
“We’re really excited,” Gibbs said. “The exhibit, I think, will be breathtaking.”
Everyone who registers for the show and pays the $25 fee will receive a “museum-quality” claybord canvas on which to create their art.
Cedarhurst officials purchased about 100 claybords for the exhibit and so far nearly 90 artists have registered.
The official deadline to enter is Nov. 27. However, Gibbs said she will accept entries until she runs out of claybords.
All types of art media are allowed in the show, including paint, sculpture, paper, pencil, wood, fabrics and more.
The finished artwork must be no larger than 12”x12”x12” and must be able to hang on the wall. Also, the original square frame must be intact.
Works can be rejected if they are not suitable for family viewing or are not presented in a professional way. You must be 18 years of age or older and live in Southern Illinois to participate.
Gibbs said this exhibit is unique for Cedarhurst. Usually, the museum’s exhibits are invitation-only or part of a competition.
“This exhibit is an inclusive art exhibit,” Gibbs said. “Anybody that wants to be a part of it can be part of the show.”
Organizers were inspired to create this program by the City of Mt. Vernon’s recent decision to change its slogan to “Creativity Redefined.”
“The city is trying to embrace the arts, the arts community,” Gibbs said. “Cedarhurst, being an anchor for the arts, we wanted to do something to show our support.”
Mt. Vernon Mayor Mary Jane Chesley has registered to be in the exhibition. She said her artwork will be a drawing.
Chesley added that an inclusive art exhibit is a good idea since some local artists may be intimidated to enter a competitive show.
“I think it’s an excellent way to recognize local talent,” Chesley said. “The pressure is off and the creativity is on.”
All artists must deliver their finished work to the Shrode Art Center between Thursday, Jan. 2, and Sunday, Jan. 5. The claybords will be displayed “salon-style” at the center in a grid-like pattern, Gibbs said.
The opening reception for the show will be held at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 11. Participating artists get in free along with one guest. Others pay a $5 admission fee.
In addition, there will be a special Art Chat discussion forum held at 3 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Shrode Art Center.
This free event will give artists participating in Creativity Redefined! the chance to talk about the exhibit and what inspired their artwork, Gibbs said.
For more information on the Creativity Redefined! 2014 Community Art Exhibit, contact Gibbs at 242-1236, ext. 249.