Gambling On Art

As an educator, I work too hard for my money to fritter it away gambling. During football season I may put a couple of dollars on a board or purchase a lottery ticket when the jackpot is over $50,000,000, but that is the extent of my gambling. Except when entering a juried art exhibit.

I began submitting work for juried shows back in the day when images were presented on slides. Taking good photos, processing and labeling them, and filling out the forms was time consuming. Results were sent by return main in a SAS envelope, and more often than not, I was “rejected” from the show. I always thought being rejected meant at one time having been part of something, but that was how the letters read. In today’s era of making everyone feel good about themselves, the terms are “declined” or “not invited.” Anyway, whatever the terminology, I was not juried into many exhibits.

In the digital age, entering exhibits is easier than ever, and more expensive too. It is easy to fork out $50 to send in three images that may not be chosen for inclusion. And that’s why I call it gambling. You just don’t know what the juror will choose.

I recently submitted work for a local exhibition. I knew the juror and thought I may have a chance to get something in the show. The results were posted recently for the Brush With Burden exhibition, and the piece I thought would surely make it was not the one chosen. At least my gamble paid off – I have a place in the show.Pasture-on-Highway-73

The Brush with Burden exhibition will be open to the public in the Steele Burden Memorial Orangerie and the Ione Burden Conference Center in Baton Rouge, LA, 1-4 p.m. Sundays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. other days March 23-30.

The event is sponsored by the Burden Horticulture Society and the Botanic Gardens. The event includes a free opening reception from 3-6 p.m. March 22 at the Orangerie.

The exhibition’s art awards categories are Best in Show, Judges’ Choice, People’s Choice and Merit for the best artwork in various categories, including paintings, 3-D work and photographs.


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