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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Letter to Artists

Dear Artist,

You are receiving this postcard because you participated in the Massena Artists Association juried art show and because our dates for the juried show have changed.

The dates for receiving work are now: Saturday, April 30, 2016, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Friday, May 6, 2016 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Cost for the show is $20 for two pieces for non-members and $15.00 for two pieces for members.  The opening reception for the show will be on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 6:30 and the show will run until Friday, June 3, 2016.  All these events  will take place at the Warren Memorial Library, 41 Glenn St, Massena, NY.  For more information, visit our blog and  Or Google Massena Artists Association. 

If you would like more information by e-mail, please send your e-mail address to 

Peggy Mooers, President, MAA

Saturday, December 12, 2015

2016 Juried Art Exhibit Information

    Massena Artists Association
    Juried Art Exhibit

    May 17 through June 3, 2016
    Opening Reception – Tuesday, May 17, 2016 -- 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Please read completely and Carefully

Eligibility: Open to all artists living within a 100 mile radius of Massena.  Original work only.

Entries should be no larger than 40" in either dimension.  May be on any subject.  Should have been completed during the last 3 years.  Limit of two (2) entries per artist.

All paintings must be suitably  framed for hanging.  For hanging, there must be wire attached to work.  Any other form of hanger will be rejected.  We reserve the right to reject work with unsound framing.

All work on paper  must be matted, covered with glass or Plexiglas to protect the surface of the work, then framed.  Large pieces should have Plexiglas, to reduce their weight and fragility.  (Oil and acrylic paintings on stretched canvas, canvas panels, wood, or other durable surfaces don’t need to be under glass.)

Media: The exhibition is open to all media, including oil & acrylic painting, pastel, watercolor, drawing, mixed media, sculpture, photography, and digital art.  (Please specify if your work has been digitally altered, manipulated, or enhanced.)

Entries: Should be delivered to Warren Memorial Library, 41 Glenn St., Massena, accompanied by a $15.00 (American) entry fee for either one or two pieces for MAA members.  ($20 for non-members.)   Canadian cash will be accepted at our bank’s current exchange rate.  No Canadian checks please.

Method of Entry:   Fill out all three parts of the form completely for each piece.  Please print carefully.  This is the only info we have about you and your work.  Identification cards should be securely fastened to the work.  Entry forms may be duplicated. 

Awards: Monetary awards will be presented for all First Place winners and for Best of Show.  Awards will be presented for all other places.

Sales: Work may be sold, by the artist, at the price listed on the entry form.  The Massena Artists Association will receive 25% commission on all sales.  Persons interested in

purchasing any artwork should contact the artist directly to make arrangements to pick up and pay for the work after the exhibit is over.

Liability: The Massena Artists Association and Warren Memorial Library do not assume responsibility for loss or damage to any work while on the premises.  Work is entered at the artist’s risk, although the Massena Artists Association and Warren Memorial Library will take all reasonable care.


Receipt of entries:

    Saturday, April 30, 2016, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Friday, May 6 2016, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Opening of Show:

    Reception: Tuesday,May 17, 2016, 6:30–8:30 pm
    Award Ceremony: 7:00 pm
    Pick up unhung work at opening reception, May 17

Last Day of Exhibit:   Friday, June 3

Pick up work – Saturday, June 4 2016, 10 am - 5 pm

Please do not remove work before Saturday, June 4.  All accepted work must remain on display for the duration of the exhibit.

For further information, contact:

     Massena Artists Association
     PO Box 571, Massena, NY 13662
Or call:
    Peggy Mooers at (315) 265-2774
    Eileen Boots at (315) 769-9512

Monday, December 7, 2015

Juried Show Application Form

Massena Artists Association
Juried Art Exhibit Application

Please fill out all three cards for each entry.
Maximum entry – 2 pieces per artist.
(Print 2 copies to enter 2 pieces)
$15.00 entry fee to enter one or two pieces.

File Card                   






Price________________________Value_(if NFS)______________   

Age (if 16 or under)______________________________________   

Artists Notification               





Fasten to Entry                   







Age (if 16 or under)_______________________________________

Monday, October 5, 2015

Massena Artists Association
Members Show

November 10-20, 2015

The Massena Artists Association will be holding their Members Show at the Massena Public Library from November 10-20, 2015.

Please deliver your work to the library between 10:00 and 11:00 am on Saturday, November 7.  The Opening Reception will be Tuesday, November 10 at 6:30 pm.  Take Down is Saturday, November 21.  Work may not be removed until after the show is over.  It must remain on display through the end of the last day of the exhibit November 20.

This is a member show, meaning that you must be a member of MAA to enter. All artists, whatever their level of skill are invited to enter. A membership form is included below.

Two dimensional work must be framed and have a wire attached for hanging.  Works on paper should be matted and framed under glass or plexiglass to protect the surface of the work.  Larger work should be glazed with plexiglass to reduce the weight and fragility of the work.  Work may be no larger than 40 inches in either dimension. 

Each artist may submit up to 3 pieces.  Each piece must be accompanied by a $1.00 entry fee.  Work may be for sale.  MAA will receive a 25% commission on any work sold as a result of the show, so price your work to include the commission.  Persons interested in purchasing any work should contact the artist directly, to make arrangements to pick up and pay for the work after the exhibit ends.

Please fill out a file card, an identification card for the back of your work, and a display label for each entry.  If you need more, you may duplicate the forms.

Extra forms can be picked up at the Massena Public Library, or can be printed from    If you have any questions, e-mail Peggy Mooers at or Eileen Boots at

File card  (to be filled out with work submitted for the shows)             

Sale Price___________________________


Attach to back of work

Sale Price___________________________


Display Label





Saturday, December 31, 2011

What is a Juried Art Exhibit?


    A juried art exhibit is an exhibit in which judges decide which pieces of art are included in the show, as well as which pieces receive awards.


    We hire different judges every year.  We require them to be professionals,  which means they should  have a degree in art, and they must earn their living in the art field.  Some may earn their living solely from selling their creations, while others may be art teachers, or directors of a gallery, museum or arts council.  We expect them to be proficient in creating art in at least one of the media that we exhibit, and knowledgeable about all the other media.  They can not be MAA members, and they shouldn’t live in Massena.  (We want them to live close enough to have a reasonable distance to drive in February, but far enough so they don’t know many of our exhibitors.)


    They receive a small stipend, plus we buy their lunch on the day they are here.  They’re really doing us a favor by agreeing to judge, because they could earn more by spending the day in their studio than they do by coming here.


    That’s the $64,000 question.  Every judge is different.  Some of the factors they consider may be composition, skillful use of the materials, use of color, perspective, accuracy, creativity and originality.  Some may value using classic technique for each medium, while others may value the creative use of those same media.  Most insist on accurate perspective, but some find primitive work charming.  One judge may reject a piece, while next year’s judge may give it an award.  They will usually ignore or reject a piece if they suspect it’s not the artist’s original work.  (See page 2, “Original Art.”)  Since the majority of our artists do realistic work, we attempt to find judges who prefer to work in that genre themselves.


    The decision of the judges is final.  They’re the professionals.  We never try to override them, whether we agree with them or not.  There are usually some decisions that we wonder about, but we always accept them.


    We give them guidelines, primarily about the amount of display space we have available, and how many pieces we have room to hang.  We ask them to accept as many pieces as possible. 
And we ask them to be lenient with work submitted by children.

Original Art


    All work submitted to the Massena Artists Association’s Annual Juried Art Exhibit must be original.  So just what do we mean by “original art.?”

    Essentially, it means that you, the artist, must be the sole creator of the work.  The composition of the piece must be yours, and you must also produce the work.

    There was a controversy at a recent exhibit when a copy of a Bob Ross painting received an award.  Although it was attractive and very skillfully produced, it was not the artist’s original composition, and many feel that it should not have been considered for an award. 

Are “program paintings” original art?

    No.  There are several talented artists who have produced interesting and informative TV programs on art.  Many give step-by-step directions on how to reproduce their original compositions.  It is possible to buy books, videos, and DVD’s that allow the student to follow the steps at their own pace.  No matter how skillful you become, if you produce artwork by this method, it’s not your original work, and should not be entered in a juried show. 

What about class projects?

    Maybe.  It depends on the class.  There are instructors who become certified by the TV artists to teach their specific methods.  If you have taken a class where the instructor leads you step-by-step through the production of a copy of his work, (or of the TV artist’s work) then the product is not your original composition, and should not be entered..

    However, if the instructor demonstrates certain techniques, then tells you to paint something using that technique, the product is your own creation.  Even if he sets up a still life for you to paint, or tells you, “paint that birch tree in the yard,” you still make many decisions about the composition, the paints you use, how to mix the paints, how much of the background to include, etc.  Everyone in the class will have a different interpretation of the same subject, and you will all have original paintings, even though they are similar.

What about reference material?

    It depends.  Very few artists know enough about animal anatomy to paint an animal without looking either at the animal or at a good photo of one.  Unless you paint outdoors,  you probably will  need reference material to paint a particular scene or building.  If you’re using a photo you took yourself, there’s no problem.  But don’t make a copy of someone else’s work, whether it’s a famous painting, or a pretty picture you found on a calendar.  Copying someone else’s work may be a helpful learning tool for students, and if you like the product, you may hang it on your own wall.  But it’s not acceptable to claim it as your own work, or to enter it in a juried art exhibit. 

Friday, September 16, 2011

Membership Application

    PO Box 571, Massena, NY 13662

    Membership Application

Date:_______________________            Phone:______________________________


Address: ______________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________    E-Mail:_____________________________

Type of Membership (Mark one)

    Single                $15.00            All Memberships are now due
    Family              25.00            in September!
    Student              10.00
    Senior (62)              10.00
    Business              50.00
    Corporate             100.00

    Please take a moment to answer the following questions:

What medium do you work with?__________________________________________________

Will you display your work in our shows? ___________________________________________

Are you interested in a one person show? ____________________________________________

Can you attend monthly meetings? _________________________________________________

Can you work on shows? _________________________________________________________

Are you interested in “Tips & Techniques” at our meetings? _____________________________

What type would you like to see?  Speakers? Demos? Films? Discussions? _________________

What can the Massena Artists Association do to serve you better? ________________________


    Please return your check to the Association
    Any questions?  Call Dorothy Badger at 769-557l or Cecilia Dewey at 769-6210