Visitors sometimes ask how we accept new members into Amapola Gallery. Sometimes likely prospects find us, in person or online. Sometimes members see works at art shows and ask the artists to jury or, they may be friends of members. (Which is no guarantee of acceptance!)
The artist fills out our application form and brings in five or more pieces of work in each medium to be considered. At a meeting of the full gallery, we discuss the quality of the work itself, how professionally it is presented (do the frames have tight, tidy corners? does the ceramic mug have a smooth lip so it won’t cut when used? does wood still have saw marks?) and what we may know of the artist’s background and personality.
To make our cooperative work we each have to play a part and pull together. Bow to the wishes of the majority. Try not to ruffle too many feathers. Deal in a helpful and pleasant way with gallery visitors. Get along!
Then we vote and the majority rules. If we have an immediate opening for an artist’s medium he or she is accepted immediately. If not, the artist is placed on a waiting list. Our new photographer, Joy Kelley, was on the list for a couple of years. For us, and for your viewing pleasure, it was worth the wait.
It was worth waiting for our downstairs neighbor Yay! Yogurt to start carrying food to go along with their superb frozen yogurt and coffee, too. Yay! now serves Frito Pie with a variety of yummy toppings. Vegetarian. Gluten free. You might even try it without the Fritos!
That’s how we jury prospective members. We’ve also juried the Frito Pie. Our verdict? Unanimous : Delicious!
After a lifetime batting words around like shuttlecocks in an endless game of badminton, it is a pleasure to use them to promote Old Town and my fellow artists at Amapola Gallery. –Kristin Parrott, carver, painter and acorn stuffer