Gallery-V to Open August 1 with Quarantine Dreams

St. Mary’s County Community Development Corporation is launching a virtual art gallery —  Gallery-V — in its continuing efforts  to open opportunities for public art to be created and exhibited in the community.

Gallery-V will open August 1, 2020, with its first show “Quarantine Dreams.”

Submissions will be accepted June 1 through June 26, 2020. Anyone with art created during the COVID quarantine may submit their work through the link provided below:

Upload here submissions to “Quarantine Dreams”  through June 26, 2020.

Selected works will appear in the exhibit and the juror will make cash awards. There will be $400 in prize money to be awarded to artists in the exhibit.

Juror John Paradiso is currently the Resident Artist-Curator at Portico Gallery and Studios in Brentwood, MD, part of the Gateway Arts District in Prince George’s County, MD.

Gallery-V’s inaugural exhibit, “Quarantine Dreams,” is sponsored by St. Mary’s County Arts Council, a partner with St. Mary’s CDC on other Lex Park ArtsPark events and public art installations including two murals– Lexington Park, Live! and Artist Rainbow — and an Art Alley of Wings Across Lexington Park.

The idea for a virtual gallery came from CDC Arts Director Roz Racanello. “During the current pandemic artists have been left without galleries, without our working artist community, and often without inspiration,” she explained, “I was prompted to put a virtual show together because so many of us, trying to shelter in place and take care of ourselves and our families, are also using this time to create new work. This new online opportunity invites all who have been creating work to show it off. Or maybe we’re not creating work and this could be an inspiration.”

The juried show will open for viewing Aug. 1, 2020 via this website and the Lex Park ArtsPark Facebook Page. Anyone with art created during the COVID quarantine may upload up to two pieces per submission. Submitting work does not guarantee acceptance. 

Submission is open June 1, 2020 through midnight June 26, 2020.

The Exhibit will be online for viewing by August 1, 2020. Awards will be announced at that time.

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