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Art in the Loft (Northeast Michigan Center for Fine Arts, Inc.)

Introducing the Sixth Annual Juried Art Show entitled H2O, opening October 1, 2021 

If accepted your work will be on display in our beautiful and unique 7,000 square foot loft gallery. Located on the third floor of the historic Center Building and overlooking downtown Alpena. Art in the Loft is a Northern Michigan hub for arts and creative learning. We host a full schedule of visual and culinary art classes, and work in conjunction with local schools to facilitate programs that bring area students to learn in our gallery. 

To get more information and to see our gallery, feel free to visit during our regular hours at no cost, and speak with our friendly and helpful staff. Art in the Loft is free and available to the public all thanks to our many members and sponsors. 

Call to Artists for Submissions 

Submission Period: August 1 - September 5th (11:59pm), 2021

 Accepted Artwork Delivery: September 11th - September 24th 10am-4pm 

In-Gallery Exhibition Dates: October 1 – November 11, 2021

Online Gallery Exhibiting Dates: October 1 – December 31, 2021

Opening/Awards Reception (tentative or digital): October 1, 2021 6pm-8pm

About the Juror 

Chuck Bennett, 



Chuck Bennett is a long-time photographer and author of “Camera Coach” (Unlock Your Camera’s Creative Power). 

Chuck also creates photographic digital art and fine art prints. His work is often on display at Art in the Loft in Alpena, where he has taught photography classes for the “Young Artists Workshops” and “Summer Workshop” series. 

Chuck and his wife Karen Bennett were among the founding members of Art in the Loft and he is honored to participate in “Emerald”, one of the Loft’s 20th year anniversary events. 

Exhibit Awards
At the Opening Reception, the artist whose work is juried as ‘Best of Show’ by the juror will receive a full year of exhibition space. This is good only for the WinterView 2021 and SummerView 2022 exhibits at Art in the Loft. Best of Show also includes a $300 cash prize. 

Second Place: At the Opening Reception, the artist whose work is juried ‘Second Place’ by the juror will receive a $200.00 cash prize. 

Third Place: At the Opening Reception, the artist whose work is juried ‘Third Place’ by the juror will receive a $100.00 cash prize. 

People’s Choice: The artist whose work is voted ‘Best’ by attendees during the show will receive a $50 gift certificate. 

Show Details 


2021 marks the 20th Anniversary for Art in the Loft, and the Emerald is the traditional stone to mark this year. The color Emerald is green, by nature, and is the most calming of all the colors on the color wheel. It is a bright, vivid shade of green. 

Because of its long history and associations with precious gemstones, Emerald green is considered a classic color that can symbolize refinement, wealth and royalty. 

Emerald and its shades, symbolize balance and harmony. Green has strong associations with nature and the environment and is seen as the color of luck, freshness, and renewal. It helps balance emotions and promote a sense of calm and clarity. 

Artists are to use EMERALD and shades of green in at least 50% of their work of art. 

We look forward to filling the gallery with work that embodies how you, the artist, perceives this theme, whether it be abstract or literal. 

ELIGIBILITY: This call for submission is open to all artists, 18 years of age or older. This is a juried exhibition for artists working in all media, except film, including: Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Photography, Pastel, Drawing, Print, Mixed Media, Sculpture, Assemblage, Installation, Fabric. All artwork must be original in concept, design and execution, and created within the last 3 years. Note: Crafts, kit work or reproductions of original works in other media, unless used as part of a mixed media work, will not be considered. 

JUDGING: All judging will be on-line. Entries that differ significantly from their digital images may be rejected. Decision of the juror is final. 

SUBMISSIONS AND FEES: Only original works may be submitted. Works may be submitted in one or multiple media

SUBMISSIONS: $35 for the first entry. $10 for each additional, with a maximum of three (3) total. All entries must be registered/received by midnight, September 5, 2021. 

All entry fees are non-refundable. 

Sculpture and installations: artists may use two additional images for details, at no extra charge. Contact if you need them. 


Entry form must be filled out in its entirety. List sizes up to the nearest inch. Submitted images must not include matting or frame. Crop the photos to include only the artwork. Be sure your images are right-side-up. 

Before uploading your images, make sure they are smaller than 4MB, but at least 1920 pixels on the longest side at 72 dpi. Images should be in JPEG format, sRGB color space. Help in photographing your work and properly sizing your images can be found
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1. All work must be suitably framed and gallery ready.

2. Work must be wired and ready for hanging.

3. Sculptors may provide their own pedestals or must agree to use those provided by the gallery.

4. A label must be affixed to the back of the work that indicates which end is the top and includes the following: Artist Name, Title, Medium, Dimensions, and Price. This information must correspond with the Accepted image as listed on Notification form. No artwork may be substituted.

5. All artwork must be priced for sale and will be for sale during exhibit dates. Diptychs and triptychs will be considered as one entry but must be sold as one item.

6. Work cannot be withdrawn, nor sales shipped, before the end of the exhibit.


1. Work can be hand delivered to Art in the Loft at 109 N. 2nd Ave. Suite 300, Alpena, MI. 49707 and unpacked between September 6 – September 22 or another pre-arranged time. A time must be RSVP’d if delivering in person. 

2. All work not able to be hand-delivered as noted above should be shipped to arrive at Art in the Loft gallery address 109 N. 2nd Ave. Suite 300, Alpena, MI. 49707 also by September 22, 2021. If work needs to be shipped back to artist after exhibition, a credit card must be put on file with gallery. 


LATE ARRIVAL AND RETURNS: Art in the Loft reserves the right to reject and return work that is late, is deemed unstable upon arrival, is not properly presented, or differs from the submitted digital image. Returns will be solely at the artist’s expense. 

SALES, COMMISSIONS AND DELIVERY: Art in the Loft will retain a 35% commission on all exhibition sales. The price represented on the artist entry form will be the sale price. No changes will be allowed. Sold works will remain on display until the end of the exhibition. 

LIABILITY: Art in the Loft is not responsible for any damage, breakage, replacement or cost associated with any damage or breakage that may have occurred during transport or unpacking. Every precaution will be taken in handling the entries, but Art in the Loft assumes no liability for any loss or damage to any artist’s work while in our care, custody or control, before, during or after the exhibition. 

USE OF IMAGES: Any image submitted may be used for marketing and promotional purposes directly related to this show. This use may include publication in any publications, printed materials, advertisements, or electronic media. Copyright and all other rights remain that of the artist. 

CONTACT/QUESTIONS: Please direct all questions to or by calling (989) 356-4877. 

ENTRY AGREEMENT: With the submission of artwork into the “EMERALD” Art in the Loft Show, the artist agrees to all the terms and conditions set forth in this prospectus. 



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