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2019 PCL Art Exhibits – CALL FOR ARTISTS

Here’s a chance for you to share your work with the Placitas community.

Submission forms and detailed information can be found on the PCL website:


The following exhibits are open to all artists over 18 years old:

January:  ABOUT FACE      
Submissions begin – October 1, 2018
A face can be a mirror into the soul, or a mask to hide deep emotions. Billions of faces have been painted, drawn, sculpted or photographed over the ages–from kings to paupers and popes to peasants. The most famous painting in the world, the Mona Lisa, is a face. We can face the music, be two-faced, stand face-to-face, or save face. One surface of a three dimensional object can be a face. A mountain can have a face, as can a geodesic dome or a precious gem. The theme “Faces” is wide-open and can, no doubt, stimulate artists to create incredible works in wide varieties of media. Let your imagination fly! Come join us for our January show in which we explore the magic of “Faces”.
Coordinator: Linda Hughes

February:  THE POWER OF BLUE            
Submissions begin – November 1, 2018
Blue is…the sky, ocean, shadows, a tropical sea, aqua, turquoise, teal, cobalt, navy, ultramarine, a primary.
Blue is…Orleans music, a mood, ice, a moon, a roan, a door.
Blue is…humanity’s favorite color, color of heaven and authority, denim jeans, hockey teams, corporate logos.
Create a work using blue overall or let blue dominate as an accent. This is a multi-media show (subject to the limitations of the library’s exhibit space).
Coordinator: Tolly Hicks

March:  ART IN THE SQUARE by Placitas Elementary School Students
Taught by Patti Jordan, Placitas Elementary School art teacher, students from K-5 will be showcasing their work in this lively collection. Mixed media work in varying square sizes is  the highlight of the exhibit.
Coordinator: Linda Hughes

Submissions begin – January 1, 2019
Janet Stupak describes abstract art  “…like a dance with my hand and my mind and they take turns leading.” Show how you dance with your hand and how your art sets you apart from the realistic crowd. Artists are encouraged to use shapes, colors and gestural marks to achieve abstract effects.
Coordinator: Linda Nisenbaum

Submissions begin – February 1, 2019
The title is a beginning theme and encourages you to expand it to include your varied techniques and objects. Mixed Media art can bring together a multitude of different elements in a variety of differing ways. Use some metal, use some threads and any other combination of items you choose on the many canvases of art making. All mediums welcome.
Coordinator: Sue Ortiz

Submissions begin – March 1, 2019
From childhood on we are fascinated with things that go round…. trains, planes and automobiles… bikes, skates, amusement rides, etc…the faster the better. Capture your favorite vehicle or movement in your medium of choice and share with Placitas.
Coordinator: Margaret Bruch

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” by Robert Frost
Submissions begin – April 1, 2019
Go down the path less traveled and test your artistic creativity. Find new art mediums that lead you down a new path. Free yourself from conformity and make artistic choices that will lead you to a new space.  Be challenged by the unknown. All mediums accepted.
Coordinator: Geri Verble

August:  DOG DAYS              
Submissions begin –  May 1, 2019
The relationship between dogs and humans dates back tens of thousands of years. Hanging out with our canine friends, it turns out, has been and continues to be beneficial to both. Artists should take advantage of this exhibition to exhibit their knowledge of dog lore, to express love for a particular breed, to acknowledge a favorite dog, or perhaps to remember that scary creature once encountered (in real time or in the imagination) that made them run away. Responses in any medium are welcome.
Coordinators: Rebecca Cohen and Margaret Bruch

Coordinators: Geri Verble and Sue Ortiz

A display of student art from Placitas Elementary, grades K-5.
Coordinator: Linda Hughes

November:   SMALL WONDERS  
Submissions begin – August 1, 2019
Good things often come in small packages. Artists are asked to submit images that measure 5”x7”, artworks that are limited in size, but unlimited in subject matter and medium. Whether you paint with oil, acrylics or watercolor, make collages, take photographs, draw with pen and ink or pastel or carve and paint reliefs, this is a challenge to limit the outer dimensions of your artwork (frames may exceed the 5×7 limitation) while expanding your creativity and achieving an image that represents your personal oeuvre. Multiple entries from individual artists are encouraged.
Coordinator: Rebecca Cohen

Apropos of the approaching gift-giving season, we ask that all works be priced under $150.

Submissions begin – September 1, 2019
There is beauty in magic…sometimes magic happens and sometimes a happy accident becomes a work of art. Find the creative spirit inside of you through inspiration, celebration, struggles, and wonder and explore the aspects of your soul by creating something beautiful and magical. All mediums welcome.
Coordinators: Geri Verble and Sue Ortiz

Address any questions to the Art Committee at