The third regional exhibit at the Cass County Regional Gallery is history now, and we believe that it was the best one yet. We're so happy for all the artists who participated, those who won awards, and--we are happy to see several of these artists with work on display at the opening reception this past Friday at "Around the Bend", at the South Bend Museum of Art!
To mark the South Bend Museum of Art's 75th anniversary, they invited Michiana artists of all experience levels to participate in the event they have titled "Around the Bend". Several of the artists at the Regional Gallery successfully entered this exhibition, among 220 chosen. Who knew there are so many truly wonderful artists right here in Southwest Michigan/Northwest Indiana? Scroll past this poster below to see some of Cass Area Artists' work which made it into the Museum, and also some others that caught the eye of your faithful scribe...
Cass Area Artist Kim Sawyer, "Triune Tides", acrylic collage
Cass Area Artist William Becker, "Hinges", raku ceramic
Cass Area Artist Alli Farkas, "Sky Pads 27", oil on canvas
Cass Area Artist Paige Linback, "The Guardian",
acrylic, origami paper, metal leaf on wood board.
Paige also won first place in the Cass County Regional Gallery's People's Choice awards for a companion piece, "Shiro", also done in acrylic, origami paper and metal leaf.
Janice Purnell, "Cultural Legacy", oil on canvas. Janice showed this intriguing narrative piece in the Regional Gallery third exhibit.
Anastassia Cassady, "Maine Coon in Gold", oil and gold leaf on canvas.
Your scribe, being a cat lover, fell for this one big time. It's a great modern take on Gustav Klimt's style. And the cat's tail is the icing on the cake. This is a large painting, my guess is 5' x 5', and it was wa-a-a-y up high near the ceiling of the gallery. So, the lighting isn't as even as it could be, and trying to photograph something ten feet above me and fix the resulting distortion was somewhat of a project. I hope you can appreciate all the exquisite detail in this one!
And here's a list of other artists in Around the Bend who were also in one or another of Cass Area Artists-sponsored shows in the past---hopefully we didn't miss anyone while constructing this list. We're just very pleased that Michiana artists are getting more and more publicity and attention for their work!
Robert R Williams
Adriana K. Maxwell
There's one more month to go before the current Cass County Regional Gallery exhibit closes--that means participating artists have until the end of April to get their friends, family, and fans to vote for their artwork in the People's Choice
CASH $$$ awards. There have been over 100 votes cast already, so here's how you can vote for your favorite artist:
1) Visit the exhibit at the gallery, located in the Cass County Administration Building at 120 North Broadway, Cassopolis MI.
2) When you get there, decide which piece of art is your favorite.
3) Look for the number printed in the lower right hand corner of the wall label describing the artwork. That's the number you will use to vote for your choice. Here's a sample label...
4) As you pass through the exhibit you will notice some instructions on the walls which
include a QR code and an email address. You can scan the QR code with your phone,
which will bring up a list of numbers. Find the number that matches the one on the
wall label of the artwork of your choice, and click the button next to it. Then scroll down to the bottom of the list and click the "vote" button. If you can't figure out the QR code you can send an email with the number of your choice in the subject line to the email address on the instructions.
If you are dazzled by all the art you see while you are looking for your favorite, consider making a donation to Cass Area Artists so we can keep bringing you fabulous art! There is a "donate" button on our home page just waiting for you to click and chip in. Every little bit helps us keep rewarding local artists with cash prizes and exhibit opportunities. Lets keep it going in Michiana--together!
We've made some changes! We're now officially a federally recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organization, which means that any donations made to aid our efforts to promote the arts in Michiana are now tax-deductible. We'd like to encourage any friends and fans of CAA to feel free to chip in any amount, large or small or in between. All contributions gratefully acknowledged.
Our second change is our meeting place. In January 2022 we moved our meeting location to the Cass County District Library in Cassopolis, Michigan. Our next meeting will take place this coming Saturday, February 19, from 9:30AM to 11AM. We hope this new location and meeting time will enable more people from all ages and all walks of life to attend our meetings, get informed of our future plans, and join us in our mission. Feel free to stop in and get acquainted!
ARTISTS RECEPTION at Cass County Regional Gallery Third Regional exhibit this SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5, from 2PM to 4PM. CASH PRIZE AWARDS will be presented at 3PM.
The weather may be frightful today, but we anticipate that it will be sunny for Saturday. Cass County management has assured us that the parking lot will be plowed and de-iced for the event. We will have light refreshments including hot drinks to keep you warm and happy!
See you Saturday at the Cass County Regional Gallery, located in the Cass County Administration Building, 120 North Broadway, Cassopolis, MI.
It's almost January 29 and we're looking forward to seeing an amazing selection of work submitted by Michiana artists for the Third Regional Exhibit at the Cass County Regional Gallery.
Just a quick reminder that we are giving away $1000 in cash awards plus beautiful winner plaques donated by our wonderful sponsor, Bolt Laserworks. The exhibit will be judged by a professional artist and teacher from the Buchanan Art Center, and there will also be People's Choice awards for which you can urge your friends, family, and fans to participate in the voting. The judged awards will be presented at the opening reception on February 5, at 3PM. The reception will run from 2PM to 4PM. The People's Choice voting will continue until the end of the exhibit in April and those awards will be presented when artists pick up their work.
Michiana artists--we'll be waiting to see YOU! Download rules and entry tags from the FORMS page.
Applications for the Third Regional Exhibit at the Cass County Building in Cassopolis, Michigan are now available here on the Cass Area Artists website, on the "FORMS" page. Deadline date for submitting your entries in person is January 29, 2022. Reception for artists and their friends, family, and fans will be on February 5, 2022.
Remember this year we have a new feature--CASH PRIZES--for judge's favorites and people's choice favorites. Don't miss out on your chance to be a lucky winner!
Cass Area Artists is proud to be a part of the Michiana community and offer these exhibits to promote the art of local area artists.
Cass County Regional Gallery has set the date for its Third Regional Area exhibit. There are some exciting changes for 2022!
We've expanded the number of artworks that can be submitted by one artist from one to two. In addition, there will be a professional artist judging the show, with cash prizes and recognition plaques for first, second, and third place. For those who are shy about having their work professionally evaluated, we will also be offering People's Choice cash awards. No need to wonder if your art can meet the high standards set by the formal art world--let the people decide! That means your friends, relatives, acquaintances, fellow artists, anyone you can persuade to come see your art and vote for you! Fun not fear!
Delivery of art to the Cass County Regional Gallery will be on Saturday, January 29, from 9AM to 5PM. The artists reception will be on the following Saturday, February 5, from 2PM to 4PM. This is when you round up everyone you can to come see the exhibit and vote for you! No limit on the number of fans you can invite!
Applications with rules, forms, and entry tags will be up on the website soon. Look for them on the "forms" page.
Readers probably won't remember the super nice certificates artists received after the Inaugural Gallery exhibit ended prematurely (thanks to Covid) in 2020. But no matter, now that our Second Exhibit is history, the County of Cass in Michigan has again stepped up to send out these lovely tokens of appreciation to participating artists. We think the Gallery is probably the only one to ever thank its artists so concretely!
Printed on stiff parchment paper, aren't these acknowledgements, complete with beveled gold seal of the county, such a thoughtful way to express appreciation?
To make things even better, a letter accompanied the certificates. I know for a fact that the exhibit "brought much pleasure to employees and visitors alike as they walked through the halls of the County Services Building" because those people whom I encountered on my own strolls through the hallways told me so. We had a some sales, too--one for yours truly, purchased not by anyone I know personally, a friend or relative, but someone who came to the County Building on business.
My letter came with a surprise thank-you from the County Administrator. I am sometimes told that my work is "amazing", but I can't ever recall being told that I, personally, am amazing. Wow! I'll let you read it for yourself!