Open Studios Artist Guidelines

Here are guidelines to help make the process easier for all.  Please follow them closely. If you are juried in, your registration payment signifies that you’ve read and agree to these guidelines.

Open Studios Hours:  Saturday (12/2) 11 to 5 and Sunday (12/3) 11 to 5. Artists or their representative must be present in the studio during these hours. Artists who leave before the event is over may not be invited back to future open studios.

Space:  You will be notified of your location in the building, along with a map, prior to the event.  Please understand that last minute changes might occur due to circumstances beyond our control. Please bring anything you might need to display your work, as wall space, tables and chairs are limited.  We do not supply easels, electrical cords, lighting (except over head lights), or tools. 

Set up/Break down:  The building will open at 12 noon on Friday, December 1 for setup and you must complete you setup by 5:30 pm.  You may also come in early on Saturday starting at 8 pm for last minute adjustments. Your space must be ready by 10 am on Saturday morning. Break down must be completed by 7 pm on Sunday evening.  Please leave your space as neat and clean as you found it. If you cannot pack up before 7 pm please let us know in advance so other arrangements can be made.

Artist Exhibition: Accepted artists are encouraged to participate in our Open Studios art exhibit which will be on disply from November 26 – January 5, with drop off will be announced closer to the exhibit.  

You are invited to submit 3-5 pieces for our Open Studios exhibit.  If we find we cannot hang them all we will leave the remaining ones in your Open Studios space so you can include them in your set-up.  All pieces which are hung in the exhibit must be left in the gallery space through the end of the exhibit.  Artists retain 100% of their sales from this exhibit.

Artist Auction: Since we do not take a commission for Open Studios exhibits and are looking for alternative ways to raise funds, artists are encouraged to donate one piece of any size to the weekend’s silent auction.  All proceeds from auction sales go to support MBACC. We will use images of auction items to publicize our event and participating artists.

Promotion:  Mother Brook Open Studios provides advertising and publicity, including WBUR, the Boston Globe, a web site at www.motherbrookarts.org, social media feeds, signage throughout Dedham, and media announcements. All participating artists are expected to place postcards, posters and lawn signs in their communities, and to use all social media outlets to promote the event.

Questions?  Contact openstudios@motherbrookarts.org.

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