| Payton North
HAMPDEN – Since 1998 the Scantic River Artisans has been bringing creative and unique artwork to the Pioneer Valley. In a few weeks, the group of 56 members will be hosting their “Wicked Good Art Show” and they are encouraging local artists to enter their artwork to be judged.
Local artists of all mediums are welcomed to the Scantic River Artisans show. In the past, the show has hosted all mediums including oil, pastels, pen and ink watercolor, photography, sculpture, mixed media and fine crafts.
Judges of the show will be looking for composition, emotional impact, technique and presentation.
“We are very excited to have two respected judges; Jorge Costas and Sylvia Pyzocha,” President of the Scantic River Artisans Nan Hurlburt stated. “Artists usually work in singular environments and providing an outlet for feedback and exposure to their peers is a vital outlet and part of our mission to bring art to the area communities.”
The Scantic River Artisans mission, according to their website scanticriverartisans.org, is to “connect the community through diverse, dynamic and creative experiences. Dedicated to providing opportunities for local artists of all ages and skill levels to explore, develop and market their creations.” Additionally, the site states that through their events and programming they hope to foster the appreciation of visual art and to raise awareness about the relevance and intrinsic value of the visual arts.
“To have had over 300 visitors at each of our first three exhibits this year and to have sold over 60 pieces to date is amazing. That just speaks to the caliber of art and the community response,” Hurlburt said.
The Wicked Good Art Show will take place on Oct. 13 and 14. On the 13th, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. there will be a reception that includes refreshments, demonstrations and art for sale. Artists will also be on hand for discussion.
To enter art in the show, go to scanticriverartisans.org and fill out the Oct 2018 Juried Art Show entry form. To become a member of the Scantic River Artisans, fill out a SRA membership application, also found on their website. For more information, call 205–7985 or visit the permanent gallery at 104 Allen St. in Hampden.
“We can’t say enough about out gallery space, generously provided by the town of Hampden and specifically the Hampden Senior Center. we have been and continue to be proud and thankful to be able to exhibit in this beautiful facility,” Hurlburt said.