Call goes out to regional artists for 5X7 art show

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Patrons and guests mingle over hors d'oeuvres, live piano music, and more than 100 5x7 canvases donated by regional Michigan and Ontario artists during last year's 5x7 Art Show, a juried competition cosponsored by LSSU and Chippewa County Sunrise Rotary Club. The submission deadline for the April 22-May 31 show - with "time" as this year's theme - is April 8. (LSSU/John Shibley)

The Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Sunrise Rotary Club and Lake Superior State University’s Arts Center invite all regional artists to join the third annual 5×7 Art Show fundraiser by creating, submitting and donating works on a 5×7 canvas. Submissions may include paintings, drawings, tiles, sculpture, fabric, 3-D artifacts, and more, including photographs. The submission deadline for the April 22-May 31 show – with “time” as this year’s theme – is April 8.

Registration forms and 5×7 canvases are available at the Art Store and Alberta House, both in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. The gallery’s website – lssu.edu/artscenter/5×7 – has an entry form, answers to frequently-asked questions, and scans of 2015’s top three winners, along with many of last year’s entries.

This year’s show opens with a preview reception in the LSSU Arts Center Gallery on April 22, a sponsored event that includes music, hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and a cash bar. The reception will provide a first opportunity to view and purchase original works of art for only $50.

A panel of local artists will jury the top three submissions. A first-place honor is $300; runner-up, $200; and second runner-up, $100. Recognition takes place during the preview reception. All submissions will be displayed in the gallery April 22-May 31.

Proceeds from the reception and sales will benefit LSSU Arts Center Gallery exhibition programming and Rotary’s earmarked designation in support of a sidewalk project for the Robert and Helen Ball Hospice House in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.