August 31 2018,  Saugus

Rumney Marsh art sought

SAVE prepares for art exhibit to spotlight endangered salt marsh

AN ARTISTIC LOOK: Kelly Slater scans the plant life in the Rumney Marsh Reservation, which is the subject an art exhibition later this month. Slater, a member of Saugus Action Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE), is coordinating SAVE’s first annual “ACEC Rumney Marsh Exhibition.” (Saugus Advocate Photo by Mark E. Vogler)

Saugus Action Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE) is still seeking submissions for its first annual “ACEC Rumney Marsh Exhibition,” to be held Sept. 22-29 at the Marleah Elizabeth Graves (MEG) Center (54-58 Essex St., Saugus), with gallery hours from 5:30-7:30 each evening.

Titled ACEC Rumney Marsh, the exhibit will feature art in any medium inspired by the beauty and fragility of the Rumney Marsh Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) ecosystem. All artists 18 years of age or older who meet the specifications for submission (see below) may exhibit one piece of art. Gift cards will be awarded to first-, second- and third-place winners. In addition, art materials awards will be given by Artist & Craftsman Supply to three honorable mention recipients.

ACEC: Rumney Marsh’s opening reception and awards ceremony will take place on Saturday Sept. 22, from 5:30-7:30 pm. We encourage all nature lovers to enter. You do not need to be an artist.

Specifications for submissions: Rumney Marsh must be the focus of the art. Each artist must be at least 18 years of age and may show only one piece of art. Any three-dimensional works must be self-supporting and no larger than 1′ x 1′ x 1′. Works on stretched canvas will be accepted with eye hooks and wire and need not be framed but must be no larger than 30″ x 30″. All other works must be framed and ready to hang (with eye hooks and wire) and no larger than 30″ x 30″ framed.

Art drop off will be on Friday, September 21 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Pickup will be on Sunday, September 30 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. At the time of drop off, each participating artist must fill out an information form (with artist name, price, title of the piece, medium and contact information). In addition artists must sign a release form acknowledging that while every effort will be made to protect artworks there will be no insurance coverage in event of damage or theft and that neither SAVE nor MEG will be held liable for any damages or theft. Saugus SAVE board members and their family members may exhibit but will be ineligible for any prizes. Finally, any sales must be handled by individual artists after the close of the exhibit.

Please join us in celebrating our precious estuarine and salt marsh ecosystem – Rumney Marsh! We look forward to seeing your art and to meeting all nature and art lovers at the exhibit and reception. For questions, please contact Kelly Slater at 781-231-6864.

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