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ARTIST CALL: 2012 Sculpture In the Ruth Bancroft Garden, Call for Entries

Deadline: 02-29-2012


The Ruth Bancroft Garden
Walnut Creek, CA


About the Garden: Founded in 1972, The Ruth Bancroft Garden (RBG) is a vibrant example of exceptional garden design. The Garden features an impressive collection of succulents, cacti and other drought tolerant plants and is recognized throughout the world as a leader in dry garden design. The Garden provides a spectacular backdrop for artists to display their sculpture throughout the garden along its broad gravel pathways. 2012 is our year-long 40th Anniversary Celebration and we have raised the profile of our Sculpture In The Garden event.


About the Exhibit: Now in its 18th year, Sculpture In The Garden is a month-long exhibit and fundraiser for The Ruth Bancroft Garden. Nearly 1,000 visitors attended the show last year. 2012 is a juried show and the jury will award $1,000 for Best-in-Show. The show will include the work of over 50 California and Western U.S. sculptors. Each selected artist may be invited to display up to two pieces during the month-long event.


Location: The Garden is located two miles east from downtown Walnut Creek at 1552 Bancroft Road, Walnut Creek, California 94598.


Eligibility: Open to all sculptors who apply to show and sell free-standing sculptures of all media that are appropriate for outdoor garden weather conditions. Be aware that there will be some exposure to irrigation sprinklers and artwork may occasionally get wet. Hanging and Wall pieces, and works requiring electricity will not be considered.


Selection Committee and Jury: Phil Linhares, retired Curator, Oakland Museum of California; Clayton Thiel, Artist and Art Professor; and Suzanne Tan, Director, Berkeley Art Center. Their decisions are final.


Sales Information: This exhibition is a fundraiser for the garden. Artists will receive 60% of the sale price, so this deduction should be factored in to the listed price. Last year’s gross art sales were $44,000. Total art sales goal for this year is $75,000. There are no restrictions on pricing.


Marketing: Diablo Magazine, Print Sponsor; ABC Channel 7 News , Media Sponsor. Additional sponsors will be added in January 2012.


Preview Party & Opening Weekend: The month-long event begins with a Preview Party on Friday, June 15 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. featuring live music, food and wine. This is the ideal time to meet our major art buyers and to make early sales. Artists will receive one free ticket and may purchase one half price ticket for the Preview Party. Additional full-price tickets are available for purchase through the RBG website or through The Garden Office. The Opening Weekend continues on Saturday – Sunday, June 16 – 17 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Artists are encouraged to be present during the Opening Weekend when the majority of sales occur.


Contact: Ry Southard

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