Collector’s Choice & Mosaic Project on Display at the Hardy Gallery of Door County

Ephraim’s Hardy Gallery is pleased to announce the 2011 Collection Invitational Exhibition and Collector’s Choice Benefit. This exhibit, which showcases the works of many professional artists working and living in Door County, will be on display from July 16 – August 28, in conjunction with the Community Mosaic Project. The opening reception for both exhibits is planned for July 15 from 5:30 – 7 pm.

The Collection Invitational will highlight two works from each artist invited to participate – one for display and the other a donation to support the non-profit organization. The donated works are prominently displayed and are featured in a silent auction that runs throughout the duration of the exhibit. Bids on the artwork will be accepted through noon on August 28.

“Funds generated from the sale of the donated work provides needed support for our operations,” says Elizabeth Meissner-Gigstead, the Hardy Gallery’s executive director. “Fundraising events such as the Collector’s Choice Benefit are vital to our future.”

The Community Mosaic Project is an innovative community art project involving the creation of 300-plus small works of art. Six-inch by six-inch canvases are distributed to interested artists of all skill levels and abilities. There are no requirements for subject matter or medium or who may participate.

The public is also invited to purchase a piece of the project. $25 will buy one original artwork and will also cover the cost of shipping the work. Canvases are assigned numbers at random; the number(s) purchased corresponding to the number on the artwork(s) will be sent directly to patrons at the end of the exhibition. The sale system is similar to that of the lottery; even though patrons can choose their own number, they will not know which canvas they have received until it arrives in their mailbox in mid-September.