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November 2022 Open Exhibit




November 2022 Open Exhibit

“Efficiency” by juror Joe Ramiro Garcia, 2019, oil and alkyd on canvas over panel, 42 x 42


Artists may enter works made within the past five years. Open exhibits are not limited by theme, medium, process, or content.
Exhibit dates: November 9 – December 4, 2022
Juried by: Joe Ramiro Garcia
Awards: The Art League Award for Best in Show League credit for $1000 useable in the store, gallery, or school.
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Entry Guidelines
Artist must be a current exhibiting artist member of The Art League gallery.
All works must adhere to the Gallery hanging and framing requirements. For 2D artworks, no clip frames are permitted and hanging wire must be attached to the frame, not the backing. 2D artworks must have hanging wire. No saw tooth hangers permitted. Canvases may be gallery wrapped with no visible staples.
If the work weighs over 40lbs, the artist must install the piece themselves, if accepted. Artists are free to enter any current work made within 5 years.
All artworks must be for sale.
Works are chosen by the selected juror’s curatorial vision and aesthetic.
Digital Submission Deadline: October 15, 2022 by midnight. We expect to notify artists of the results ten days after the deadline. Instructions for drop off of accepted artworks will be emailed to artists.
Meet the Juror

Joe Ramiro Garcia

“My painting process is a mix of traditional brush and palette knife application with a postmodern use of printmaking transfer skills.Not unlike Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Sigmar Polke, Philip Taaffe, Nancy Spero, and others, I work in layers.Layers of visual pattern and imagery create what I call an open narrative.This open narrative allows the viewer personal, emotional and possibly psychological interpretations of my work.My Imagery draws from common everyday life to commercial or popular consumer culture. Painting is an evolved art term now incorporating mixed media and collage.The artists I mentioned earlier epitomize this especially when it comes to the printmaking aspect of their work.Most of them used silkscreen, Taaffe and Spero actually used monoprint and etching on paper later to be collaged on to the painting surface.My work is different here.I developed a way of using a gum arabic transfer method that allows me to use the same oil and alkyd paint mixture I paint with and avoid using inks or other print mediums. The method is simple, a paper is prepared with imagery or pattern then soaked in gum arabic and water creating a resist where the oil paint collects in the imagery and avoids the negative space.When this is ready I simply press the oiled paper onto the painting surface using hand pressure to transfer the imagery.After this is done it is no different than normal oil painting. I can smear it, embellish it with brush or wait for it to dry and paint over it.This is what I call paint layers. The oil and alkyd medium is the same from the bottom layer to the last top painted layer. That is why I describe my work as “Painting” and not mixed media.”

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