Participating as an artist in OSH is a great opportunity to show your work to thousands of visitors. You have the opportunity to sell your artwork or services and to begin to develop important relationships. If you have questions, please contact Cynthia Bulaong at firstname.lastname@example.org for prompt answers.
Thank You to ALL 400 artists who participated in 2018!
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Payment may be made by check and mailed to Artists in Real Time, PO Box 1138, Hartford, CT 06143
ARTIST PARTICIPATION FEE IS $60
GROUP SHOW ONLY $35 (Please note in your Comment Box)
Information & Details
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OSH is designed to support and promote the arts, artists and their work, giving the opportunity to develop face-to-face relationships with potential buyers. The public has a chance to purchase local art, inspiring community creativity and bringing thousands of visitors to Hartford’s neighborhoods!
• OSH is a city-wide event for artists to exhibit and sell their work.
• A free, self-guided tour of live-in/work studios & homes, galleries, schools, & businesses.
• Join by opening your own studio or location OR join a group location!
• OSH accepts art of all mediums and skill levels.
• Opportunities for Dance, Music, Film, Poetry & Performance Art.
Some of our accomplishments & goals:
• Targeting and attracting art buyers to OSH.
• Encouraging people to visit multiple venues.
• Shuttle buses assisting people to move around comfortably.
• Assisting all locations to make the most of OSH.
• Opening landmark buildings such as Union Station.
• Developing an effective Volunteer Committee.
• Audience development and community awareness.
Who: Over 300 artists, schools and arts organizations participate. “Visiting artists” from outside of Hartford are welcome to join group locations.
Where: You have the choice of opening your art-related location; if you do not have one or are from out of town, OSH will assign you an appropriate spot.
What: You may exhibit and sell all media of art including paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture, digital art, jewelry, ceramics, fiber and more. There is no limit to the number of pieces you can exhibit and you may fill your space as you wish.
OPENING YOUR STUDIO or VENUE
• All venues will be provided OSH signage for identification.
• Notify us if your venue can use sponsor signage or banners.
• Open Studios & Apartments should identify their door with art & signage.
• Where possible, Open Studio signs & balloons will be distributed.
• Provide refreshments and other activities to keep viewers engaged.
• Hang helpful, directional signage and maps where necessary.
• Work with the coordinator to market your venue with press releases etc.
• Venues will be individually credited in marketing materials.
• Venues can consider a sponsorship level for further visibility.
• Applying for grants and funding for your participation is encouraged.
Rules for Installation: “Visiting artists” (those that wish to join group locations or do not have a studio in Hartford) will be assigned specific locations and informed of guidelines. For instance, at ArtSpace, Arbor St and Colt, picture hangers and nails may be used. Tables, displays, racks etc cannot extend beyond 18” from the wall per the Fire Marshal.
Display Systems / Table or Centerfloor Exhibits: If you display your work without the use of wall space, please inform us upon registration. You will be assigned a 10’x10’ space and more if possible. Wall space is extensive but is still limited. Let us know if you have a display system at your disposal.
Rentals: In several of the group venues, rentals of tables and chairs are offered for an additional cost. Currently those venues are ArtSpace, Union Station, Arbor Street and Colt Gateway. The CT Historical Society has a limited number of tables.
Set Up, Opening & Removal: Depending on your venue, set up for visiting artists happens Wednesday thru Saturday morning. Being ready to go at opening time is mandatory and please remain in your space through closing. Do not break down early. Remove all property on Sunday at closing unless otherwise arranged.
Stay with your Exhibit: Plan to attend and/or have someone present at all times during the show. Work with your neighbors if need be … you’ll want to interact with your audience and be there for sales and commissions. We suggest arranging someone to sit with your exhibit at some point so you can wander the event yourself!
Sales: Sales are handled by each artist and we do not take a percentage. You may sell prints, other artistic projects and commission customized work for the future. Technically, to sell goods in CT, a Tax # is required by law but this is the responsibility of the vendor. OSH does not currently require artists and vendors to supply this information. Go to: ct.gov/drs/lib/drs/filllable_applications/reg-1.pdf for a one-time fee and display certificate in your space.
Credit Cards: We suggest that you equip yourself to accept card payments. Among others, you can use Paypal (https://www.paypal.com/webapps/mpp/credit-card-reader-how-to) or Square (https://squareup.com/start). Both have swipers that connect into smart phones. Both take a percentage of the total sale and have a smartphone app to download. You can use your data over your phone plan for sales or connect via wifi. Swipers are free or can be purchased retail.
Security: Depending upon the venue assigned, it may be necessary to remove all or a portion of your display overnight Saturday. Work with neighboring apartments or studios if you’re in a hallway. Professional security will be provided in a public environment.
Committees & Volunteers: Consider lending your help and expertise (or that of your contacts, friends or family) in all areas including marketing, administration and fundraising. We need help gallery sitting, building signs, poster distribution, hanging banners, elevator operators, venue captains and shuttle guides, spackling and painting walls, security & parking attendants.
Donations: OSH is produced by a non-profit organization running on a small budget. Please think of us if you have access to goods or services that would be helpful in our general operations, supplies, food and hospitality needs for both the events, copy and print capabilities, etc.
Sponsors: Sponsorships are an important part of the OSH budget. Without them, the event cannot optimally operate. Please work with us if you have contacts for corporate, individual or in-kind sponsors. Formal and personalized solicitation kits are available.
SUBMITTING YOUR WORK FOR THE GROUP SHOW:
You must be an OSH participant or an ART Member ($35 donation)
• Your piece must remain in the ArtSpace Gallery for the show’s duration.
• Size constraints depend on the number of participants.
• Group Show visitation hours will have volunteers present.
• Piece should be ready to displayed or hung (i.e. wire attached).
• Include an identification label securely attached to the back of the piece.
• A label template will be available closer to the show.
DROP OFF will be on or around Sunday, October 28th
Insurance and Liability: Venues lending space for visiting artists and their management, ART, Cynthia Bulaong and her staff, assume no responsibility for the value of your artwork. The artist is responsible for their own insurance against theft or damage at any time.
Individual Artist Insurance: Artists can purchase low-cost, short-term insurance policies at companies such as www.actinsurance.com. Artists in Real Time, Inc., PO Box 1138, Hartford, CT 06143 can be added as Additionally Insured.
Registration Fees begin at $60: In addition to showing your work to many viewers, you receive ART Membership, Jerry’s Artarama Discount Card, listing in color brochure and CTnow Guide and a page with images on artistsinrealtime.org and openstudiohartford.com if provided.
Sponsored Artists: If you cannot afford your application fee, ART may be able to help.
To be included in all publicity materials - Register by September 15 (Extended to October 1st).
No listing in the CTNow Guide after 10/1.
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