FlorenceFest 2019

Florence Regional Arts Alliance

Entry Deadline: Feb. 24

140 Maple Street
Florence, OR 97439
PHONE (415) 686-2358


The Florence Regional Arts Alliance (FRAA) is very excited to invite all artists to participate in the 3rd annual “FlorenceFest” to be held at the Florence Events Center on April 26 and 27, 2019. This event continues to grow in popularity and over 800 people are expected to attend. Each year about 35% of the artwork is sold. This year’s event, which will feature two days of Jazz, Art and Wine, will be highlighted by talented jazz musicians and outstanding wine from throughout the state.

Selection for the exhibit will be made by Karin Clarke. Karin is the owner and director of Karin Clarke Gallery in downtown Eugene for the past sixteen years, establishing herself as a respected figure in the Oregon art scene. Karin opened the gallery with the goal of creating museum quality shows to recognize regional artists, including the work of her parents, artists Margaret Coe and the late Mark Clarke. In that time, she’s organized over 200 exhibits, and the gallery has gained a stellar reputation for showing major contemporary artists of Oregon. In addition, Karin regularly curates from the estates of some of Oregon’s most sought-after artists, like Rick Bartow, Nelson Sandgren, David McCosh, Carl Hall, and numerous others. In 2016, she founded the very successful Eugene Biennial regional juried show.

Karin has a strong background in studio arts, art history, exhibit design, and art appraisal. She has exhibited her own artwork, and in July of 2018, had a solo show of her recent plein-air oil paintings of Italy.

Karin serves regularly as an art juror and on art selection committees in our region, including Art About Agriculture, All Around Oregon Annual, and The Eugene Biennial. In 2017, she supported the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art curators in preparation for a six-month exhibit of her parents’ work called Our Lives in Paint. She has won awards for her own artwork as well as in her business, including the Downtown Eugene Excellence for Arts & Culture Award (2007) and Lane Community College’s Distinguished Alumni Award (2011).

We will offer a total of $2,500 in prize money and awards. Three overall winners will be selected with the following cash prizes
1st place = $1,000
2nd place = $500
3rd place = $250

In addition, three separate cash awards of $250 each will be given for outstanding work in 2D, 3D, and photography. There will also be a “People’s Choice” selection, which will be awarded based on votes of those in attendance.

Selected Artists can also continue to exhibit their work at the Florence Events Center in Galleries 1 and 5 through the end of May
For additional details and to submit an entry, please go to the café website: www.callforentry.org. This is a well-respected and professional site for managing entries. It is easy to register and there is no charge for artists to use Café’s website.

This is an opportunity to be part of a very successful event. After reviewing the entry information, if you have any questions, please contact [email protected]

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