Call goes out to regional artists for 5X7 art show

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 –×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.