At long last, WCAC is rolling out another big opportunity for our member artists – our new Members Co-Op Shows!
One of our major goals this year is to do more to foster and promote our emerging and experienced 2D and 3D member artists. In addition to the Members’ Fireside Gallery and Annual Members’ Show, we are now offering affordable gallery space to member artists who want to showcase larger bodies of work. These shows will be held in our two Main Gallery rooms at 110 Westover Avenue – they are separate and apart from our Fireside Members’ Gallery shows, even though they will run at the same time.
We will hold three Members’ Co-op Shows this year – each one will run for 39 days as follows: April 4 – May 12; July 4 – August 11; and August 15 – September 22. During each show, we are offering eight spaces measured in linear feet of wall space. They are priced per linear foot per day for the run of each show. Member Co-Op artists will have more flexibility in hanging and showcasing their works within their own spaces. They will also be able to participate more actively in advertising themselves and their Works, either alone, or in partnership with WCAC and/or other Co-Op artists.
Our inaugural show begins on April 4th. We will also hold our Grand Opening during this show which will bring more attention and exposure. If you are interested in this show and/or others, please click here for the Letter of Agreement, Application, and Gallery Schematic. Please read the Letter of Agreement and Application thoroughly. If you still wish to apply, please follow the instructions within both documents. With only eight spaces available per show, they will be allocated on a first come basis, so please act quickly.
Note: WCAC will close for three weeks beginning March 11 to replace flooring and lighting. As already mentioned, the gallery will re-open on April 4th with our Inaugural Members’ Co-Op Show in the Main and Middle Galleries, and “Virginia is for Lovers” in the Fireside Members’ Gallery. Mark your calendars now for the re-opening on Tuesday, April 4th!
Also New for 2017!
In addition to the Members’ Co-Op shows and our regular Annual Members’ Show, we will hold a Regional Juried Show in the Fall for artists in the greater Hampton Roads area. Members & Non-members will be invited to apply and to submit digital images of their artwork to be juried into the show. An outside Juror will select the art to be included in the show and award prizes. Check out the 2017 Exhibition Calendar for details and Fireside Members’ Gallery Themes!
Finally, we have a new home!
As reported previously, CW has ended our lease at N. Boundary effective December 31. After searching many months for affordable space large enough to house our entire operation, we are happy to report that we signed a lease and will return to 110 Westover Avenue in the Arts District on January 1. Many of you remember this space – it was our old Art Ed Center – the one we fondly called the Blue Building.
Old Location – more space!
In addition to the 1600+ sq. ft. we leased before, we gained another 415+ sq. ft. in the back of the building with its own entrance, two separate rooms, storage area and a bathroom. Finally, we have room to consolidate our entire operation – and it’s all on one level – no stairs to deal with!! Overall, the space is affordable, has parking in the front and on nearby streets, and more room for everything, including parties, lectures, and smaller events. We are glad to plant our flag again at the Blue Building – a space we can use and enjoy for some time to come.
How will we use this space?
The larger space will house two separate galleries and an office. The Main Gallery will feature eight exhibits per year – click here for 2017 schedule. Instead of mostly regional shows, we’ll focus more on local community shows, members’ exhibits, a juried regional show, and a small works holiday show. The Fireside Members Gallery will operate like our existing Upstairs Gallery and feature themed members’ works. The smaller space in the rear will become our Art Ed Center with its own entrance, identity and personality.
What will it all look like?
Although our old Art Ed Center had a fun and colorful vibe, we’re aiming for more upscale and neutral surroundings for the two galleries and office. The new Art Ed Center is another story – we may let our imaginations run wild – and, we plan to have some fun with the exterior areas too!!
When do we move?
We take possession on December 1, but there’s a lot of work to do before moving in. We must paint both gallery spaces and office, and upgrade the flooring and lighting in time for the Annual High School Art Show opening on January 17. On a parallel track, we must move out of our current N. Boundary space by December 31. Once we’re open for business on Westover, we’ll start refurbishing the Art Ed Center in the back – our goal is to resume classes and workshops around March 1.
How do we pay for all of this?
We will always need the support of our members, donors and grants, but the Board has approved a new business plan to help offset part of the rent through constructive use of our new space. In addition, we received two generous donations totaling $8,500 to be used in a matching campaign, and raised a net of $15,000 through For Art’s Sake. These funds will enable us to move forward and begin operations on Westover through the first quarter and beyond.
How can you help us?
Gosh, we hoped you’d ask……this effort will take a village! We are currently plotting various aspects to this relocation, but here’s where you can help. Please sign up for one or more projects/tasks – click here for info & sign-up sheet. This process really will be fun… we promise! If you’re up to the challenge, please print the form, and either hand deliver to the Gallery, or mail to P.O. Box 388 (23187-0388). Or, contact Andrea Lemieux at 757-229-4949 or AndreaLemieux@visitWCAC.org, and she will sign you up.