The Commission cancels the deadline for the exhibition “Art All Over”
Artists from across the community now have more time to get creative for the “Art All Over – The Art Show Without Walls” exhibition.
Suzanne Horne, chair of the City of Sequim Arts Advisory Board, said show organizers would accept and hold submissions throughout the summer.
“Since we have so many parks and so much fencing,” she said, it makes sense to continue accepting submissions at: form.jotform.com/213216088841152.
The exhibit will feature artwork made from recycled and repurposed materials that will be displayed in city parks for three months.
“We thought it would be a great idea to use our parks as a gallery,” Horne said.
She explained that since COVID hit, the commission has had to rethink how it encourages artists and brings art to the community.
“Basically, we’re going to get it to where the people are,” she said.
The commission has permission from city officials to hang artwork on chain-link fences in city parks for passers-by to enjoy while strolling. The Carrie Blake Community Park was the first to receive artwork last weekend.
Brigitte Schlemmer hung a row of “Flumbros” umbrellas: repurposed umbrellas with materials like yarn and buttons to look like flowers, on the fence near the horseshoe pits. “It’s childish, whimsical, not perfect at all, bright and lighthearted,” she said.
Schlemmer said she encourages others to submit their flawed art. “It doesn’t have to be Georgia O’Keefe,” she said.
“It comes from the heart,” said Horne, who hung a repurposed shutter (he lost his mate) painted blue and yellow, along with a waterproof flyer explaining the project. She also snagged a cheerfully painted TV tray, which she says was on its way to the dumpster.
Pioneer Memorial Park will also host plays, and two other parks have been identified as possible outdoor art locations, given sufficient submissions.
Weatherproof identifiers will be included with the work, giving the title of the work and the name of the artist (unless anonymity is requested) and possibly an additional description.
Horne said contributors should create their art knowing that it could be altered or vandalized. Weather protection must be applied, or artists may create with the intention of letting their art disintegrate. Rules and guidelines can be found at tinyurl.com/SqmArtAllOver.
Some pieces are inappropriate for outdoor display and will be displayed at the Karen Kuznek-Reese Gallery, which is currently hosting an exhibition of the photographic art of Marina Shipova.