2019 Watermark Cover Contest

The Arts Consortium announces our 2019 Watermark magazine cover-art

contest. All Central California artists are invited to submit. No more than one design per artist.

Submissions must display excellent craftsmanship and may highlight people, trends, culture, or historical landmarks within Tulare County (no references to brands, logos, or other organizations).

Designs will be judged based on the following:
– Attractive design elements to be used throughout our publication
– Space to place our “WATERMARK” logo across the entire page (about 1.5″x8.5″) – Space to add “call outs” for articles or other magazine features
– Reproducibility of the artwork and sales potential
– Family friendly content

The winning submission will adorn the cover of our annual publication. The winning artist will receive a $500 prize and will be featured in an article within our magazine.

CTA – The 3rd Dimension

Calling all Sculptors, Ceramic, and 3-D Artists!

We are featuring you during July and during First Friday!

The Arts Consortium would like to invite all to participate in our July 2019 “The 3rd Dimension” First Friday show, featuring sculpture, ceramics, assemblage, and any other 3-D art work.
Entries will be accepted Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at the Consortium (300 E. Oak Ave.) from 10 AM – 3:00 PM
Or by appointment.

RULES

LIMIT – THREE ENTRIES PER PERSON

1. Original work only, submitted by the artist or a friend of the artist.
2. We will be asking for a $5.00 membership entry fee and a $10 entry fee for non-Arts Consortium members (per piece). If you want to become a member at take in we will waive the fee when you pay the $25.00 membership.
3. If your piece sells we will take 20% commission of the selling price. The Consortium will handle all sales. It is the artist’s responsibility to price their work to reflect the 20%.
4. The artist is expected to carry their own insurance. All work shown is at the risk of the artist.
5. Sculptural works that need to be hung should be brought in with hardware sturdy enough to hang. We have peg-board walls and use hooks to hang. We cannot hang from the ceiling.
6. Sculpture pieces, free-standing can be no larger than 5ft. tall and 4ft. wide and must be on a sturdy base that cannot be knocked over. No sharp edges or points easily broken.
7. All work must be labeled with the artist’s name and current contact information, title and price.
8. This is a juried exhibit and entries will be accepted or rejected upon entry.
9. Sold work must remain at the gallery until the end of F1rst Friday. Guest will be allowed to pick up purchased art work at 7:45 PM on July 5th or during Arts Consortium business hours. The person buying the work may pick up the piece with proof of payment.
10. All work MUST BE PICKED UP by Friday, July 26 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM (or by appointment). We do not have room for storage and will be receiving art for the next show in the following week.

IMPORTANT DATES

Tuesday, June 25 – 10AM-3PM (or by appointment) – Receiving submissions
Friday, July 5 – 5PM -8PM – Opening Reception
Friday, July 26 – 10AM-3PM (or by appointment) – Pick up artwork

The Arts Consortium will generate publicity for the exhibit, and will provide invitations to the reception for the artists.
Questions can be directed to Josh joshua@artsconsortium.org

Tickets (Passports) Are now at the Arts Consortium.

What could be better than a passport for two – a shared adventure to places new and old, exotic and whimsical… destinations filled with color and light and incredible views… a trip through the countryside alive with wildflowers and blue skies.  A Hallmark Valentine brought to life. 

Surprise your guy or gal with a special Valentine’s Day present by purchasing a romantic two-day excursion into the wilds of the Central Valley to view artwork created by the best local artists Tulare County has to offer.  Visit their studio exhibits of amazing paintings and crafts and watch live demonstrations.  Share in the experience with the one you love most.  The dates for your date are March 30 – 31, 2019, so don’t miss out on the chance to impress your Valentine with this unique gift. 

Come by the Arts Consortium to purchase your Passports any time Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. or schedule an appointment.  They are also available online at www.bit.ly/ACSVAT2019.  We are located at 300 E. Oak Ave., Visalia and the phone number is (559) 802-3266.  Tickets are only $25 and admit two, so it’s a great deal!
** Teachers group discounts are available for school groups give us a call for more info.**

Call to Artists – BuzzWords Art Show

Offical Rules

LIMIT – THREE ENTRIES PER PERSON

🚨DEADLINE EXTENDED🚨

ARTISTS! We have extended the submission date for #BUZZWORDS to APRIL 2nd 10 AM – 6 PM for our First Friday BUZZWORDS show.

The South Valley Art Tour will be taking place March 30 – 31 and we have no place to store your art. This delayed submission date will allow you more time to create your work and also ensure all your art stays as safe as possible.

We apologize for the inconvenience but we will not be accepting any art until APRIL 2nd 10 AM – 6 PM

If you have any questions give us a call (559) 802-3266

  1. Learn more information about what a buzzword is by clicking here
  2. Each work of art should convey the theme. #Buzzwords
  3. We are taking in all media, painting, drawing, sculpture, couture etc..
  4. Original work only, submitted by the artist or a friend of the artist.
  5. We will be asking for a $5.00 entry fee per piece. This is a MEMBERSHIP ONLY EXHIBIT. If you want to become a member at take in we will waive the fee when you pay the $25.00 membership.
  6. If your piece sells we will take 20% commission of the selling price. The Consortium will handle all sales. It is the artist’s responsibility to price their work to reflect the 20%.
  7. The artist is expected to carry their own insurance. All work shown is at the risk of the artist.
  8. Two-dimensional work must be properly wired and ready to hang. Work not meeting this requirement will not be accepted into the show. No saw-tooth hangers, please.
  9. All artwork must be complete and dry before entry.
  10. Sold work must remain at the gallery until the end of the show. The person buying the work may pick up the piece with proof of payment.
  11. Sculptural works that need to be hung should be brought in with hardware sturdy enough to hang. We have peg-board walls and use hooks to hang. We cannot hang from the ceiling.
  12. Maximum dimensions for 2-dimensional art is 30 X 40 – vertically hung, this is including frame.
  13. Sculpture pieces, free-standing can be no larger than 5ft. tall and 4ft. wide and must be on a study base that cannot be knocked over. No sharp edges or points easily broken.
  14. All work must be labeled with the artist’s name and current contact information, title and price.
  15. This is a juried exhibit and entries will be accepted or rejected upon entry.

IMPORTANT DATES

TUESDAY, APRIL 2 – 10AM-6PM – Receiving submissions

Friday, April 5 – 5PM -8PM – Opening Reception

Wednesday, April 24 – Pick up artwork

Work must be picked up by April 30th

The Arts Consortium will generate publicity for the exhibit, and will provide invitations to the reception that the artists can personalize and mail at their own expense.

Questions can be directed to Joshua at – Joshua@artsconsortium.org

The South Valley Art Tour!

The wait is over! You can now pre-order your tickets for the new and improved South Valley Art Tour! On March 30-31, 2019, a collection of over twenty-five artists from Visalia, Tulare, Lindsay, Porterville, and Springville, featuring nationally recognized artists, as well as aspiring greats, invite you into their personal workspaces for a behind-the-scenes tour. Get to know the faces and hands behind Tulare County’s best artwork! Broaden your art horizons and make personal connections with creative minds in your community!

Tickets are $25 which will admit two people into the annual South Valley Art Tour. Pre-ordered tickets through January 31, 2019, will be offered at a special early bird price of $20*. You will receive a keepsake magazine (known as the Passport) that will provide all the information maps and directions needed to access the studios and artists. You will also receive two commemorative pens that will allow you access into each studio.

Art By: Nate Norman

Formally known as The South Valley Artists’ Studio Tour, the South Valley Studio Tour remains Tulare County’s widest-reaching art event of the year. Because of the tremendous growth of the South Valley Art Tour, we are now featuring the Southern and Northern regions of Tulare County on alternating years (we will be featuring the Northern region on March 28-29 in 2020).

Art By: Michael Alvarez

Get to know the faces and hands behind Tulare County’s best artwork! Broaden your art horizons and make personal connections with creative minds in your community! To allow guests to an opportunity to see each artist new to the tour this year, we will be mapping out the best route for from the studio of our featured artist Daniel Bonilla Vera.

Art By: Daniel Bonilla Vera.

*We will notify you when your collectible passport is ready to be picked up at the Visalia Arts Consortium at 300 E. Oak Ave., Visalia CA, 93291, with other pickup options to be determined.

Thank you for joining us as we celebrate the incredible creative talent in Tulare County!
Purchase your tickets on Eventbrite by clicking here!

For more information, please call 559-802-3266.

My Voice Media Center – Fashion Show

The Arts Consortium is looking for 5 fashion artists to fabricate 5 items of wearable art based on designs by participants of our in-house art instruction program, the My Voice Media Center.

The final products’ materials do not matter as long as our models can wear each of them safely and comfortably (could be cloth, duct tape, paper, poly vinyl…etc.).

The coloring and shape of the final product must remain loyal to the original design. Each MVMC participant will have make the final decision on which of their fashion items will make it onto the runway.

We will only be accepting 5 fabrication applicants. If this event is successful, we will be able to devote far more resources to this event in the future, so please do not be discouraged if you are not selected for our 2019 Spring Fashion Show.

Each design team will involve 3 artists – the designer, the fabricator, and the model. All 5 designers will be from My Voice Media Center. Each designer’s 5 concepts will then be assigned to one of the selected fabrication artists for the creation of the fashion items, made to fit the assigned model.

We ask that anyone interested in being considered as a creator send up to 3 examples of their previous or current wearable art works. There are no age limits for fabricators, as long as they have their parents’ permission if they are less than 18 years of age.

Fashion Fabricators will be given a $100.00 budget to complete the fashion items.

To be considered, please email hello@artsconsortium.org with the subject line

FASHION SHOW, in which you can explain your previous experience and share your 3 examples of previous wearable art.

Artists Update – South Valley Art Tour

Hello Artists,

Thank you for your past participation in The South Valley Artists’ Studio Tour, now renamed the South Valley Art Tour! The Arts Consortium is always looking to improve, so with the help of a committee that is passionate about growing the studio tour, we have made a few changes.

We have begun a rebranding the studio tour, beginning with its new name: South Valley Art Tour. The Arts Consortium has hired a part-time graphic designer and we are working on creating a new logo to be used for the tour guide (formally the passport), tickets and road and site signs. The new professionally designed logo will be unveiled soon.

South Valley Art is returning to be an annual event, with the county divided into north and south regions, which will alternate opening studios every other year. This change will allow visitors to spend less time driving and, hopefully, more time visiting your studios. We will be kicking off the improved 2019 South Valley Art Tour with the studios located south of Highway 198. If your studio is located north of 198, or within the Three Rivers area, you will be featured the next year in 2020.

Artists can still host other artists at their studio site. Each artist will need to register for the tour individually. An artist who lives in the north region will be allowed to show artwork at a studio in the south region, and vice versa. Artists are encouraged to bring art-making supplies and provide some demonstration of the making of their work during the studio tour.

Changes to the tour guide will include an improved proofreading process and artist application to allow each artist to preview information before the tour guide goes to print. There will be no more cropping of the art images in the tour guide.

Improved signage will be created to help guide visitors find your studio. We are making better maps with a new number system for each studio, which will help guide guests across Tulare County. Make sure you provide detailed directions to your studio in your registration information to accompany the maps.

Please let us know if you are able to assist the South Valley Art Tour’s volunteer committee. We have met four times already and would gratefully welcome any new members. Give us a call so we can give you the times for our Next Studio Tour Planning Meeting held some Thursday’s at 5:30pm at the Arts Consortium building at 300 E. Oak Street in Visalia.

We hope you will encourage fellow artists to sign up for the studio tour. We want to include as many local artists as possible. We are committed to revitalizing this event and support its valuable potential for both artists and visitors.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

For more information — and to sign up for to 2019 South Valley Art Tour – Click Here