Gualala Salon and Salon des Refusés
December 1 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
ARTISTS: Registration forms due November 20! Download at GualalaArts.org or pick one up at the Arts Center!
It is the fifth anniversary of the Gualala Arts Salon and it is looking to be a special celebration and exhibit. The annual Gualala Salon & Salon des Refusés is a juried and judged fine art exhibit showcasing outstanding visual art and artists without regard to the type of media.
To celebrate the Salons’ fifth anniversary, this year’s reception will be a catered affair (in addition to the champagne and cake from the Let Them Eat Cake Fine Arts Decorating contest that happens on the same evening) and all the awards have been increased by 20 percent.
In addition, there will be a judging trio for this very special Salon made up of artist Karen Shapiro and art collectors April and Ronald Dammann (see bios below).
The annual Salon & Salon des Refusés is the largest exhibit at Gualala Arts aside from Art in the Redwoods; it has the largest number of entries of any other open call show and fills both the Burnett Gallery and Elaine Jacob Foyer. What most people don’t know is that the Salon is sponsored by generous donors; not by Gualala Arts or the North Coast Artist Guild. Many artists save their best new art for this exhibit, as the Salon has gained much notoriety as a judged show by well-qualified people in the arts one that provides significant awards.
As per tradition, the judges decide what artwork is accepted into the Salon exhibited in the Burnett Gallery. The art not juried into the Salon by the judges is displayed in the Salon des Refusés (Rejected) located in the Elaine Jacob Foyer. Thus, all artwork submitted into the show will be exhibited at Gualala Arts. Which artists are selected into the Salon is a tightly kept secret until the opening night.
As in previous years, significant prizes will be awarded to first, second and third best art piece. With the increase, this year’s monetary awards are first prize of $1,250, second prize of $1,000, and third prize of $750. In addition, the People’s Choice awards in the Salon des Refusés were also increased to first prize of$125, second $100 and third $75. The award for Emerging Artist Under 18 years of age is $100.
The original Salon des Refusés was an art exhibition that took place in Paris in 1863, showing works that had been rejected by the official Paris Salon conservative judges. These judges represented the French Academy and were advocates of traditional, orthodox style of painting and sculpture. In 1863, they rejected almost 3,000 pieces of work which resulted in loud protests by the artists. Emperor Napoleon III, ever sensitive to public opinion, ordered a new exhibition to be organized – dubbed the “Salon des Refuses” – in order for the public to judge the merits of the artwork themselves.
In the spirit of the original Paris Salon des Refusés, all visitors will be able to vote for the “People’s Choice” awards. In fact, many artists prefer to be selected as a “reject” to receive the public’s opinion!