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Call for visual and written art submissions to new online exhibit ‘Responding II — 2020’

SARANAC LAKE — The Adirondack Artists Guild, in partnership with the Adirondack Center for Writing, will present Responding II – 2020 as its featured exhibit in September, running from Sept. 4-29.

Nineteen years ago the Adirondack Artists Guild organized an exhibit, Responding, which included artistic and literary reactions to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Anyone could submit work to the show. Entries poured in from all over, filling the gallery with paintings, photographs, drawings, poems and essays.

This year has been marked by a tremendous amount of upheaval and uncertainty. Many of us have found our lives disrupted in a variety of interconnected ways, including the health, economic, social and psychological consequences of the coronavirus pandemic; the ongoing protests against systemic racism and social injustice; and the continued threats posed globally, nationally and locally by climate change.

Responding II – 2020 is open to the public and unjuried. All are invited to submit visual or written works in response to the exceptional circumstances in which we find ourselves this year. There is no entry fee. Please submit entries by Friday, Aug. 28.

Given the continued public health risks posed by COVID-19, this will be a virtual exhibit presented on AAG and ACW’s websites with only a few pieces displayed at the gallery. There will be no opening reception.

Entries need not be for sale; however, they may be, and there will be a 30% commission on any works sold, half of which will be donated to the Adirondack Diversity Initiative.

Artistic submissions

Please send artwork as jpegs to guild@adirondackartistsguild.com with Responding II in the subject line. Limit one entry per person. Include: artist name & address, title, medium, and price or indicate Not For Sale. These entries will be posted on the Adirondack Artists Guild website.

Written submissions

All are welcome to send one piece of original writing of any genre to by submitting to the form at adirondackcenterforwriting.org/responding. Writers are expected to edit their own submissions. All submissions must fit the word limit of 750 words and be left-justified. Any submission that is deemed inappropriate by staff will be removed and will not be included in the online display of Responding II – 2020. Written entries will be posted on the Adirondack Center for Writing website.

The Adirondack Artists Guild is a cooperative retail art gallery representing a diverse group of artists residing and working in the Tri-Lakes region of the Adirondack Park. The gallery is located at 52 Main St, Saranac Lake.

The Adirondack Center for Writing has been bringing people and words together for more than 20 years through provocative events and meaningful programs. For more info about ACW and their latest online offerings, visit www.adirondackcenterforwriting.org and follow @adkctr4writing on social media.

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