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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

A Call for Art: Gallery U Boutique

CONTACT: Deneise Hyatt-Murad at

QUESTIONS: Deneise Hyatt-Murad at 908-232-1895

EXHIBITION THEME: “Out of the Box"
“Out of the Box” is an expression that describes non-conformal, creative thinking. We are looking for artwork with this same expression. Submit your  most creative works - the ones that seem a little “off the wall”, different, or not like your others.

All local artists, established and emerging.

Artwork will be considered through digital jpeg submissions. Submissions are limited to a maximum of FIVE pieces. Acceptance into the exhibition is not guaranteed with entry. 

Submit up to 5 images. Artists are required to submit digital images in JPEG format to Please use “Out of the Box Submission” as subject of e-mail. 
Each digital image must be saved in JPEG format. If selected for the exhibition, you may be requested to submit a higher resolution image for possible use in advertising.
Label images with consecutive numbers from 1 - 5. Save in the following format: Last name_ First initial_ Title_Medium_Size_1; Last name_ First initial_ Title_Medium_Size _2. 
A list of the images labeled in consecutive order must accompany your submission. List must state the following: Image #, artist name, title, medium, dimension (h x w), year of completion, and price. 
Include an artist statement (not more than 3 short paragraphs) on the work submitted. Briefly explain your choice of media, artistic vision, process, subject matter, influences, etc. This will be used for reproduction in a complimentary exhibition catalog
July 26 - August 10, 2016: Submissions Accepted: On-line entries must be submitted to Please use “Out of the Box Submission” as subject of e-mail.
August 11 - 12, 2016: Artists’ will be notified of acceptance/rejection.
August 22 - 26, 2016: Accepted work to be delivered to Gallery U Boutique during opening hours (10-5, M-F). Accepted work may be refused if it does not conform to the image entry. No substitutions of accepted works will be allowed. All accepted work must remain in the gallery for the duration of the exhibit. All selected work must be available for sale.
September 1, 2016: Artists’ Reception (THURSDAY, 6-8 PM)
October 10 - 14, 2016: Pick up of unsold work during gallery hours. Artwork remaining after November 14 will be donated. 

Accepted works will be considered for sale at the price indicated. If sold, 70% of the selling price will be paid to the artist and 30% will be retained by Gallery U Boutique.  Artists will receive payment within 60 days of artwork sale date. 

Great care will be taken with all work, but artists are responsible for insuring their own pieces if they wish.  Gallery U Boutique will not be responsible for any loss or damage to work while on the premises or in transit to or from the gallery. Artists are advised to obtain their own insurance.

Artists will be responsible for delivery and return shipping of all their artwork. Shipped work must be packaged in a reusable container. NO STYROFOAM PEANUTS. A prepaid waybill for its return must be enclosed. Please make shipping arrangements through the U.S. Postal Service, DHL, FedEx, or UPS. COD returns are not acceptable.  The gallery accepts no responsibility for work not retrieved on the pick-up date.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Poetry reading this Sunday afternoon for "Ekphrasis: Art & Words"

Please join Gallery U this Sunday afternoon, April 17, 2016, at 2 PM for a poetry reading that highlights the current exhibit "Ekphrasis: Art & Words" featuring artwork and poetry inspired by one another. The reading will feature poets Gwyneth Green, Robert P. Langdon and John J. Trause.

The reading is a part of the Westfield Art Association's celebration of National Poetry Month which includes poetry activities and a visit from the Tiny Book Show — a collection of miniature books created by artists and writers from around the world. All are welcome!

"Ekphrasis:Art & Words" preview at Montclair Art Museum and opening reception

Thank you to everyone who attended the preview at the Montclair Art Museum and our opening reception for "EKPHRASIS: Art & Words". Both were really wonderful events. Thank you to all of the artists and poets who participated. And thank you to all of the folks who provided the photographs from the EKPHRASIS events. "Ekphrasis: Art & Words" will be exhibited through May, 2, 2016. 

Preview of "Ekphrasis" at Free First Thursday at Montclair Art Museum
April 7, 2016

Poet Robert Langdon reads his piece "Vanity" which inspired a new work of art by Gail Winbury

Poet Robert P. Langdon reads his poetry

Artist Luis Alves and Robert Langdon with Luis' piece "Taboo Love" inspired by the poem "Love Is Definitely Purple" by poet Michelle Greco

Poet Gwyneth Green reads her poem "grandma's chair" inspired by artist Ellen Martin's piece "Abandoned #64"

Artist Ellen Martin and poet Gwyneth Green with Ellen's piece "Abandoned #64" which inspired Gwyneth to create the poem "grandma's chair"

"Ekphrasis: Art & Words" opening reception at Gallery U
April 8, 2016

Poet Gwynneth Green created a new poem for artist Nanci France-Vaz's piece "La Mort de L'Amour" 

Artist Erica Resnick created her assemblage titled "Faire des Choix" inspired by the poem "The Hunter, The Bear and Little Red Cape" by Robert Langdon

Poet Patrick Hammer, Jr. reads his poem inspired by Ellen Martin's photograph "Abandoned #1"

Poet John J. Trause reads his poem inspired by the collage work of Luis Alves

Poet Gwynneth Green reads her poem inspired by "Interlude: Waiting for You" by Nanci France-Vaz

Poet Robert Langdon reads his poem "Vanity" which inspired artists Gail Winbury and Kathleen Heron to create new artwork inspired by this poem.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Preview of "Ekphrasis: Art & Words" as part of the Montclair Art Museum's Free First Thursdays

We are very excited to be previewing our "Ekphrasis: Art & Words" exhibit at the Montclair Art Museum tomorrow, April 7, as part of their Free First Thursday. Our session runs from 5-7 with a poetry reading at 6. You can view the complete exhibit at our opening reception on Friday, April 8 from 6-8 PM with a poetry reading beginning at 6:45. 

This is what else is going on at MAM during Free First Thursday:
Undaunted Spirit: Native American Art, the third and final phase of the Rand Gallery Reinstallation, opens to the public! Tour the new exhibition with Native American Curator Pamela Jardine at 5:30 or 6:30 p.m.
Flamenco music with Hernan Romero
Halfway There poetry reading with Melissa Adamo, Mark Ferguson, Ananda Lima, Joseph Palestina, Joseph Rathgeber, and Kem Joy Ukwu at 7:30 p.m.
Interactive art project Post by artist Kasia Skorynkiewicz, presented in collaboration with the MFA Studio Art Program at Montclair State University
Preview the Montclair Film Festival 2016 line-up at 8 p.m.
Montclair 10 exhibition featuring MAM staff and volunteers opens at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, across the street at 695 Bloomfield Ave
Food trucks: Thai Elephant and Original Soupman