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Thorne Invites Entries for Juried Exhibit

KEENE, N.H. 8/5/02 Artists living within 30 miles of Keene are invited to enter the 2002 Biennial Regional Jurors Choice Competition at the Thorne- Sagendorph Art Gallery.

The exhibition, open to artists working in all media, will be displayed Saturday, Oct. 12, to Sunday, Dec. 8. The juror will be Marijo Dougherty, director of the University Art Museum at the State University of New York at Albany. A second juror will be announced.

This exhibit showcases the many talented artists who live in this area, says Maureen Ahern, director of the Thorne Gallery, located on the Keene State College campus. Two years ago 259 entries were received from 142 artists, with the juror choosing 83 works for display.

Artists living within 30 miles of Keene and Friends of the Thorne are eligible to submit works in any medium. Artists may submit up to two works for one non- refundable entry fee of $20. Friends of the Thorne members will be charged $15 for up to two works. Checks should be made payable to the Thorne Art Gallery. The gallery does not accept credit cards.

Artists may submit work in any medium completed within the past two years. Works done under the supervision of an instructor are not eligible. All art must be ready to hang or display. No glass or clip frames will be accepted. Any object deemed unsuitable for safe hanging or display will not be accepted for the jury process.

Entries for the competition must be hand-delivered to the Thorne Gallery between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20 and 21. Artists will be asked to complete a registration form and label information at the time of delivery.

In addition to selecting works to be shown in the Regional Jurors Choice Exhibition, the jurors will select various awards for which artists will receive cash awards. Gallery visitors will select a Peoples Choice Commendation, with a $100 cash award, to be announced Monday, Dec. 2.

The gallery will mail notification of the selections to artists upon completion of the jury process. Accepted works will be placed on display and may not be removed until the end of the show. All artwork accepted for the show will be insured while in custody of the gallery until the pickup date, Sunday, Dec. 8, from 4 to 6 p.m. and Monday, Dec. 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. After the pickup date, artists will be charged a $10 per day storage fee.

Works not accepted for the Regional Jurors Choice Exhibition must be picked up Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27 and 28, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Non-accepted entries will be insured only through those pickup dates and thereafter artists will be charged a $10 per day storage fee.

Artists are encouraged to make entries available for purchase, although not- for-sale works will be accepted. The Thorne Gallery will take a 40-percent sales commission on any object sold as a result of the show within 90 days from the close of the exhibit. Work sold must remain on exhibit through Sunday, Dec. 8, the last day of the show.

An opening reception, hosted by the Friends of the Thorne, will take place Friday, Oct. 18, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The Biennial Regional Jurors Choice winners will be announced at a 6 p.m. awards ceremony.

The gallery is open from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday through Wednesday, and noon to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday. The gallery will be closed Nov. 11 for Veterans Day and Nov. 27-Dec. 1 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The reception and exhibition will be free and open to the public. Located on Wyman Way, the gallery is accessible to people with disabilities. For information about the Biennial Regional Jurors Choice Competition, call 603-358-2720, or check the Thorne web site,

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