Monday, July 4, 2011

A call for artists

Above, top left, clockwise: "The Grapes of Wrath," "Stone Soup," "James and the Giant Peach" (in progress and very hard to photograph), and "Blueberries For Sal" (also in progress, equally hard to photograph, see Flickr for truer color).
More photos on Flickr.

Dining In Public (DIP) will be a multicourse, free-range event exploring the connection between belly, mind and funny bone. DIP consists of a live event, with invited members of the public reading excerpts from books and articles of their own selection, in combination with a 2-week exhibit.

The exhibit will be driven by a set of painted plates (RIP will supply the 9-inch bamboo veneer plates), each bearing the title and author's name of a book which has a connection with food. San Luis Obispo County artists are invited to take part in the Dining In Public exhibit of handpainted plates.
Send an email to with an url to your portfolio or email us two representative samples of your work (no large files please). Let us know the name of the book you'd like to paint (we need that information upfront to avoid duplicates).
The Reading In Public exhibit committee will review and make final decisions on the DIP artist pool.

1. All plates will have the title of the book and the author's name as part of the painting
2. We need a commitment from artists in the form of a rough sketch (done in a 9-inch circle) no later than August 31, 2011. Send an url of the image or email your sketch to Regretfully, artists who submit late sketches will have to be dropped from the pool.
3. Final painted plates are due NO LATER THAN Monday, November 7th, 2011.
4. Please indicate if your piece(s) can be sold (artists receive 70% of the price for which the piece is sold, and the remainder goes to support programs at ARTS Obispo, the designated local partner of the California Arts Council).
5. If you’d like to participate but do not have time for a plate, we are also accepting handpainted wooden/paper-mache/ceramic/other spoons. Each spoon must have a hole drilled into the top of the handle for hanging and should accommodate a loop of fishing cord. We do have a portfolio requirement for this portion of the exhibit. Interested artists can email for more information.

When & where:
ARTS Space Obispo, 570 Higuera St., #165 in San Luis Obispo, California
Exhibit opens with the live event on Friday, December 2, 2011 from 6-9

Email for more information.

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