Building Community Through the Arts

Regional Juried Fine Art Show Prospectus

September 30-October 29, 2023

Deadline for Entries: Wednesday 8/16/23
Opening Reception: Saturday 9/30/23


Homes, Hamlets & Villages: Style and Lifestyle in Small Towns and Rural Communities

We invite artists to submit works that capture or are inspired by life in small towns and rural communities of the Hudson Valley, Berkshires, and surrounding areas. Subject matter might include: local architecture (houses, historic buildings, townscapes/streetscapes, architectural details or elements); farms, barns, and structures in the landscape; people and/or animals in their environments; portraits; markets, fairs, festivals and events; interiors and still lifes; vehicles, equipment and machinery (vintage or otherwise); back roads and road signage; “Americana”; or whatever you find iconic, distinctive, or visually compelling about small town and/or rural life.


Carrie Chen

Carrie is the owner of the Carrie Chen Gallery in Great Barrington. The gallery showcases talented artists locally and globally working in a wide range of styles and media. The gallery supports artists and share their visionary work with audiences by remaining with the integrity of innovation.

Linden Scheff

Linden is a Co-Director of the Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson, New York. Established in 1991 as the first fine art gallery on Warren Street, the gallery represents professionally committed artists as well as emerging talent in the Hudson Valley specializing in painting, sculpture, works on paper and a variety of techniques in photography.

Wednesday Nelena Sorokin (aka Nelena Soro)

A representational and abstract painter, Wednesday is an art instructor with over 45 years experience. She teaches painting and drawing at the Berkshire Art Center and the Springfield Museum. Wednesday received a BA from Smith College and studied at Amherst College with Richard Yarde. She received an MFA in Painting and Drawing from James Madison University.


  • $300 First Place
  • $200 Second Place
  • $100 Third Place
  • $100 Audience Favorite
  • two $50 Honorable Mentions.


  • Wednesday 8/16, 11:59 pm PST: Deadline for Online Submission of Entries
  • Tuesday 8/29 – Friday 9/1: Notifications Emailed. Artists will view the results in their OnlineJuriedShows Artist Profile
  • Sunday 9/24 and Monday 9/25: Hand Delivery of Artist Work to Spencertown Academy: 9:00 – 11:00 am both days
  • Saturday 9/30: Exhibition Opens to the Public, 1:00 – 5:00 pm; Opening Reception: 4:00 – 6:00 pm
  • Sunday 10/29: Show Closes: 5:00 pm
  • Sunday 10/29: Removal of Artwork (Day 1) 5:00 – 6:00 pm
  • Monday 10/30: Removal of Artwork (Day 2) 10:00 – 11:30 am



Original works of art created in the last three years, and not previously exhibited at the Academy. Submissions will be accepted from artists who are residents of Columbia County, NY and the following surrounding counties: Rensselaer, Albany, Schenectady, Ulster, Dutchess, Greene and Saratoga, NY; Hampshire and Berkshire in MA; and Litchfield and Fairfield in CT.


Traditional media including but not limited to: watercolor, acrylics, oil/oil pastels, pastels, all drawing media (graphite, charcoal, pen & ink, etc.), photography, collage, mixed media, traditional (numbered) hand-pulled prints, monoprints, encaustics, fine crafts, sculpture and other 3-dimensional works. Digital drawings and digital paintings are acceptable. No Giclee prints. No AI-created images, please.

If you have any questions about your media or submission, please email the show Curator to discuss.

Size Restrictions

For wall-hung artworks, the maximum size of an entry, including frame, if framed traditionally, must not exceed 36 inches in any direction. Sculpture and other 3-dimensional artworks must be light enough for one person to handle and be able to be hung on the wall, displayed on the floor, an Academy pedestal (up to 30“x30”), or on a shelf provided by the artist. If you have unframed works on paper, please note that we do not have a hanging clip system. Please contact us to determine the best method to hang your work or for other special display requirements you may need: [email protected]


Members $35
Nonmembers – $45
This fee covers submission of up to 3 pieces. Become a member.


All submissions must be made online at onlinejuried where you will find complete guidelines, entry forms and instructions. You will need to create an account and log into the site in order to enter the show.

Image files must be jpg and under 4 mb. For best results, image files should be 1920 pixels on the longest side @ 72 dpi.

Up to three (3) images may be submitted by any artist. Work that has more than a single component (such as a diptych) should be included in a single image so that it may be judged as a whole. If you wish to show multiple views of a 3-dimensional work (e.g., front and back), please include all views of the artwork on a single image.

For questions or help with your entries, contact OnlineJuriedShows: [email protected] or call 888-666-1351.


Notifications will be made via email during the period. Artists will be instructed to view the results in their OnlineJuriedShows artist profile 8/29 – 9/1/23.

No substitutions of accepted work are allowed. The Academy may rescind the right to exhibit any work misrepresented or unsuitably presented.

All work must remain in the gallery for the duration of the exhibition (i.e., until 5:00 pm on day of closing – Sunday, 10/29).


The Gallery receives a 35% commission on any work sold.


For any questions about using the online entry system, please contact OnlineJuriedShows by email at [email protected] or call 888-666-1351.

For all other questions, contact show Curator Meryl Enerson at [email protected].


Housed in a historic landmark 1847 Greek Revival schoolhouse, Spencertown Academy Arts Center presents a variety of arts and cultural programming to an audience of local residents, second homeowners, and tourists from the Hudson Valley and Berkshire regions. Programs include: exhibitions of fine arts and craft; musical performances; spoken word, poetry and drama; workshops and classes.

The Academy, including the gallery, is a not-for-profit institution supported by membership, public and private donations and grant funding. A volunteer committee comprised of professional artists and curators administers the Gallery. The Gallery comprises two exhibition spaces: the larger space is approximately 38’ X 15’ and the smaller is 16’ X 15’. Both rooms have abundant natural light as well as track lighting and 9.5’ ceilings.

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