Austin Art Space Gallery and Studios officially opened submissions for the 6th Annual “12 Buy 12” Holiday Art Show & Sale. The show is one of three juried shows held each year at the gallery that have drawn entries from all over the U.S. and as far away as Europe, South Africa and New Zealand.
What can you create in a 12” x 12” contained format? The gallery has presented an astounding array of imaginative and original art in that size over past five years from hundreds of different artists. This show originated at the gallery’s predecessor — Artspoken.
This show has grown to include international entries, but has stayed true to its founding vision: the best and the brightest and most fun art for the holiday season. The show celebrates the 12th month and the size must be 12”x12”. Entries are open to both 2-D and 3-D artists.
The juror for this year is Carl McQueary. Carl is a knowledgeable collector, art scholar and life-long Texas historian. Recognizing the importance of Texas Modern Art, he curates exhibits at the Austin Museum of Art, Laguna Gloria and others; expanding the knowledge, appreciation, and promotion of artists from early Texas Modernists to today’s artists. He is also a writer and author of ‘Dining at the Governor’s Mansion.’
The popularity of the 12” x 12” format has led to many other 12” x 12” shows around town; which is great for artists. Here is what to know about Austin Art Space show:
- A respected impartial judge, Carl McQueary, juries it. All work is not automatically accepted.
- There is no set price limit on the art. That is entirely up to the artist.
- Art Space does not take commission. Really. When a piece sells, the artist keeps 100% of the sale price.
- The show is solely about the art and the artists.
- For those artists accepted in the show – Austin Art Space notifies local newspapers from their hometowns. Austin Art Space helps promote artists’ success.
Valerie Walden, the manager of the Austin Art Space collective observed, “The ‘12buy12’ show is our longest-running, and has traditionally been our most popular exhibit. Last year, nearly 400 people attended the opening reception to view 89 works by 46 different artists. This year, we might be even bigger.” Photos of last year’s event may be seen at http://austinartspace.com/12Buy12Photos2009.aspx.
All participating artists will be invited to attend the artists’ reception on Saturday, November 20, 2010, 5:00pm-9:00pm which will be open to all patrons. The exhibit continues during regular gallery hours, ending on Saturday, December 18.
About Austin Art Space Gallery & Studios
Austin Art Space opened in November 2008 as a cooperative space for established and emerging artists to create, collaborate and present their work. There are nine artists-in-residence at the studios. The gallery presents the work of these artists and hosts juried shows, as well as solo and group exhibitions by other artists. The gallery is available for rental for public and private exhibits and receptions. Austin Art Space is located in a free-standing shopping center behind Northcross Mall. The public gallery is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11am – 6pm, or by appointment. Operating as a collective, the working studios are open Monday through Thursday whenever artists are on the premises. More information at www.austinartspace.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 512.771.2868.