Arts Gala: Impact

April 27 – 29, 2018

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Join us for our 6th annual Arts Gala, April 27-29, 2018.

The Arts Gala opens with the Starlight Reception for Patrons of the Arts on Friday, April 27 from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. This spectacular event allows Patrons of the Arts to meet the artists and gives them the first opportunity to view and make their purchases from the displayed art.  Continue reading…

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For Artists

What is Arts Gala?

Arts Gala is an art sale and fundraiser. This event offers art items in a variety of styles and media for sale to the public. Arts Gala will take place April 27, 28 and 29, 2018 at the Library.

What do the proceeds go towards?

The purpose of the Arts Gala is to raise funds for special Library projects and engagement that will benefit the community. In previous years funds went towards updating the Children’s Room and sponsoring mental health events and awareness.

How do I apply?

Arts Gala is a juried art show.  You will need to email 3 images of your artwork to ArtsGala@plainfieldlibrary.net.  The deadline to apply is January 26, 2018. The Arts Gala Selection Committee will meet in January to review submissions and you will be notified  as to your status in February.

How do you decide which artists to include?

We receive a large number of applicants, and although we wish we could include everyone, we have limited space for Arts Gala. This is a juried fine art show. The Arts Gala Selection Committee reviews each artist’s submission. The selection process includes keeping a balanced offering of fine art mediums, previous artist participation, previous sales, quality of work, etc. We appreciate your understanding, and if you are not selected we encourage you to apply again the next year.

What are the artwork requirements?

All artwork must be ready to be displayed and sold upon arrival. Paintings must have gallery wrapped edges and sturdy, wire hanging on the back. All pieces of artwork should have their individual inventory number ID sticker on them and ready upon arrival.

When will I know if I've been accepted?

Artists will be notified in February.

How many pieces of art can I bring?

Each 3D artist will have a 2’x6′ table and 6’x6′ floor space. Artists who have their own setup for their artwork must send a photo of the layout to ArtsGala@plainfieldlibrary.net by April 1, 2018 for approval.

Note cards and prints are displayed for sale in a separate area. Please notify the Arts Gala Committee if you intend to bring any. If you have a rack or other display set up for your note cards and prints please email a photo to the Arts Gala Committee for approval at ArtsGala@plainfieldlibrary.net by April 1, 2018.

What do I need to do to prepare my artwork for sale?

We will send selected artists a detailed letter listing the inventory process along with stickers to label your artwork for sale. Each artist will receive an Artist Number for their inventory stickers.  Each item for sale must have its own inventory and artist number sticker. Artwork must be inventoried with labels upon arrival for a speedy check-in.

What is check-in like?

Smooth as butter! Artists are welcome to pull up to the curb and use our Art Carts to bring their artwork upstairs to the second floor art gallery. An elevator is directly to your right when you walk through the sliding doors. At the top of the stairs the check-in table will be staffed with volunteers to check off your inventoried artwork.

What's my cut?

70%. Boom.

Do you charge sales tax?

We do indeed. Because it’s the law. This is how it works: If you sell your artwork for $1.00 the purchaser will pay $1.07. Your cut will be 77 cents and the Library will retain 30 cents. It’s your responsibility to let the Indiana Department of Revenue know about the 7% sales tax.

When do I bring my artwork to the show?

2D artists drop off their work on Monday, April 23 and Tuesday, April 24 between 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Our Gallery Manager will hang the artwork.

3D artists drop off their work on Wednesday, April 25 and Thursday, April 26 between 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Artist at that time can set up their table.

Do I need to attend the Starlight Reception?

We strongly encourage all artists to attend the Starlight Reception on Friday, April 27 from 6 – 10 p.m. Many of our sponsors and Patrons of the Arts will be making large purchases that evening and enjoy meeting the artist.

What if I can't deliver my artwork?

In some cases we can help with this situation. Email us at ArtsGala@plainfieldibrary.net and we will do our best to help you.

Do I need to stay with my artwork all weekend?

No, but we love to have artists here all weekend and you are more than welcome to make the library your home base. If you are staying in Plainfield and need a hotel, we recommend Cambria Suites.

What is check-out like?

If you are planning on checking out on Sunday, April 29 at the end of Arts Gala please be prepared to wait as we all want to go home quickly. We will be using a numbering system for a smooth checkout process. Please see an Arts Gala Docent between 4-5 p.m. to receive your number.

The following week artists can stop by the Library to pick up any unsold artwork Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you cannot make it into the library during that time please let us know so we can set up an alternate pick-up date.

How soon do I recieve a check?

You will receive a check in the mail ASAP. Our Financial Manager, Jessica, is extremely fast and wants you to get your payment as quickly as possible!

What if I have a special question?

Email us! ArtsGala@plainfieldlibrary.net
We are always happy to help.

I would love to a live demonstration on Saturday or Sunday. How do I sign up?

Awesome! Give Laura Appleby a call at 317-839-6602 x2136 or email her at lappleby@plainfieldlibrary.net.

For Attendees

What is Arts Gala?

Arts Gala is an art sale and fundraiser. This event offers art items in a variety of styles and media for sale to the public. Arts Gala will take place April 27, 28 and 29, 2018 at the Library.

What do the proceeds go towards?

The purpose of the Arts Gala is to raise funds for special Library projects and engagement that will benefit the community. In previous years funds went towards updating the Children’s Room and sponsoring mental health events and awareness.

What is the Starlight Reception?

The Arts Gala opens with the Starlight Reception for Patrons of the Arts on Friday, April 27 from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. This spectacular event allows Patrons of the Arts to meet the artists and gives them the first opportunity to view and make their purchases from the displayed art.  Attendees will enjoy live music, hors d’oeuvres from local eateries, wine, and craft beers with a pledge to spend $50 or more at the show.

What is a pledge?

Each of our Patrons of the Arts pledges or promises to spend at least $50 during the Friday night Starlight Reception. You don’t pre-pay, there’s no ticket. It’s truly the honor system that you will spend at least $50 on artwork at the Starlight Reception.

What should I wear?

Black tie. Evening gown. Tiara. Business casual is also cool!

Can my kids come?

We love kids and want you to bring them to see and buy the exemplary artwork. Children are welcome on Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29. The Starlight Reception on Friday, April 27 is for adults 21 years and up.

How can I get an invitation?

Email us at ArtsGala@plainfieldlibrary.net and give us your name, address and phone number and we will add you to our mailing list. You can also call Kathy McGillem at 317-839-6602 x2108.

How do I RSVP?

Call Kathy McGillem at 317-839-6602  x2108

I'm always hungry. Is there food?

We eat a lot here at the library, so never fear!  At the Starlight Reception there will be lovely light hors d’oeuvres and an array of glorious wine, beer, coffee and a signature cocktail. Light refreshments will be available Saturday and Sunday.

Will there be alcohol?

What’s a party without a little bubbly? Bring your ID.

Where do I park?

Our parking lot provides ample parking; however, it is a big event so you are welcome to park across the street at the First Baptist Church or on the side streets around the library.

Cash, Check, or Charge?

Yes, yes, and yes.

What kinds of art do you have?

You mean what kinds of art DON’T we have, right? All mediums are represented at Arts Gala: Jewelry, Painting, Drawing, Woodworking, Ceramics, Textiles, etc.

I've been to Arts Gala before. Are there new artists?

We like to keep Arts Gala fresh every year. New artists join us, some artists take a break, and others return every year.

For Volunteers

What is Arts Gala?

Arts Gala is an art sale and fundraiser. This event offers art items in a variety of styles and media for sale to the public. Arts Gala will take place April 27, 28 and 29, 2018 at the Library.

What do the fund go towards?

The purpose of the Arts Gala is to raise funds for special Library projects and engagement that will benefit the community. In previous years funds went towards updating the Children’s Room and sponsoring mental health events and awareness.

What can I do to help?

There are a variety of volunteer opportunities from helping check-in artists to being a Docent at the Starlight Reception. Email Abby Nagy for more information on how to help out with Arts Gala.

How do I sign up to volunteer?

Email ArtsGala@plainfieldlibrary.net to get your background check in order and find out more about volunteer positions.

What training should I expect?

At all times you will be working with an Arts Gala Expert Docent who will be able to help answer any questions you might have. All volunteers are required to attend a 30 minute training session prior to the event.

What should I wear?

The event is a dressy one, but be sure to wear comfortable shoes!

Look back : 2017 Arts Gala

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