It looks like MIchiana will be in for some of our famously unpleasant weather this weekend, just in time for the artists to deliver their work to the County Building in Cassopolis, MI for the Cass County Regional Gallery Open Exhibit.
The forecast for Cassopolis on Saturday, January 11 is rain and possibly a thunderstorm. Our alternate date was Sunday the 12th but it looks even worse than Saturday with icy conditions for Sunday, so we're sticking with Saturday as delivery day.
Fortunately there is plenty of adjacent parking and the entryway to the County Building is sheltered. Inside there will also be plenty of room to dry off yourself and your art (it might be a good idea to wrap your art in a plastic bag or other protective material).
If you're curious about the state of the weather at the County Building we will be posting occasional eye-witness reports--nothing technical, just "rain", "heavy rain", "not so much rain" "only drizzle" (you get the idea😂) on Cass Area Artists Facebook "Events" page https://www.facebook.com/events/441205826536043/
We truly hope to see you and your fabulous art on Saturday!
Just like a new baby in the new year, DELIVERY DAY FOR THE CASS COUNTY REGIONAL GALLERY OPEN EXHIBIT is approaching! Committee members will be at the Cass County Building in Cassopolis, Michigan to receive your art entry on SATURDAY, JANUARY 11 from 9 AM to 5PM. Make sure your entry tags are completely filled out and are completely legible--that will make your entry process quick and easy.
If you're not an artist (and even if you are!) WE ARE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO HELP ON DELIVERY DAY. We are finalizing process and procedures at our 6:30 PM meeting Monday at the Cass County Building next to the old courthouse in Cassopolis. These meetings are normally pretty short, less than an hour. If you would like to volunteer, come to that meeting on January 6. At the moment we really need people to transport delivered art from the intake area to either the first or second floor hallway. That way we can tell how much space has been filled as we progress through the day. If you aren’t good with stairs there is an elevator. At the end of the day we will also need people to place all the art in designated storage areas until we hang it the next week. Any questions can be addressed at the meeting. Keep in mind that the County Building doors automatically lock at 6:30, so if you plan to attend please arrive before then. Someone will be at the door to assist you.
Art Groove Tuesday, taught by Cass Area Artists member Sharron Ott and sponsored by Cass Area Artists, will be presenting an exhibition opening and reception at Front Street Crossing in Dowagiac, Michigan. Here's their flyer for all the pertinent information. All are welcome to come see what these motivated students have produced this session!
In case you missed it when you opened our home page, there is now a link to the Official Rules and the Entry Tags right there at the bottom of the home page. If you didn't see it, there's another chance to find it on our "Forms" page. It's a simple click on the button (home page) or .pdf logo (forms page) and the forms will pop up for you to download, read, and fill out. If you have any difficulty just send us a message on our "Contact" page and we will email the forms to you. Super easy! And don't forget, your participation in the upcoming exhibit is ABSOLUTELY FREE!
The Cass County Regional Gallery walls in the County Building are painted, cabinets are on the way, artists are invited! The simple downloadable application form will be published on our website shortly. Speaking of "short"--the application is short and sweet!
This venue will be featuring an "open art exhibit" format, which means the only thing artists will need to do is fill out the tags for their work and show up with their entry on the intake day at the gallery. No long applications, no waiting for jury selection, no photos need be submitted, no entry fees, no commissions! Even the opening reception will be free to artists.
This is your opportunity to have a space in a public building with lots of people traffic absolutely FREE! The building also has 24/7 video security for your peace of mind. The County Administrator envisions this project as a way to introduce our very own Michiana artists to the population at large and has appointed Cass Area Artists to organize the effort and carry out the mission. We hope to have the first exhibit up sometime in December, so we're gearing up to make that happen.
We'll be meeting at the Cass County (Michigan) Old Courthouse and courthouse Annex building in Cassopolis on Monday evening at 6:30 PM to take a look at the exhibit hallways and storage areas available for the gallery project. Any and all who are interested are welcome to participate and offer advice and suggestions. Whether you are an artist or a person with organizational talent (or both) we hope to see you there.