National juried art contest at E. End Arts

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For the first time in its 40-year history, East End Arts -- a not-for-profit gallery in Riverhead that showcases the works of regional artists -- is holding a national juried art competition.

The gallery holds six juried shows a year, but this will be the only one where local artists must use technology to submit their works for consideration.

Artists have until June 30 to submit three works of photography or paintings, which must be on CDs in jpeg format. Judges will select the entries that will go up for the show, which will run from Aug. 31 to Oct. 5. There is a $45 entry fee.

The show's theme couldn't be more different from the gallery's current show, La Morte, which focuses on death and its impact. The national juried show will be about joy and is expected to feature the works of 30 to 40 artists.

"This will be a lot different than what we're used to. We wanted to broaden our reach," said Stephanie Smith, East End Arts spokeswoman. "Everyone is really excited about it . . . we'll be preparing throughout the summer."

Smith added that it's not yet clear what the added costs of the event will be.

The artist chosen best in show will get a $1,000 prize, a 10-day stay as East End Arts' artist-in-residence and 100 postcards advertising the show that feature an image of their artwork.

In addition, their works will be displayed in Peter Marcelle's new gallery in Bridgehampton.

Marcelle, who is also director of the Gerald Peters Gallery in Manhattan, is one of the two judges. The other is Bruce Helander, the White House Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts and editor-in-chief of Arts Economist Magazine.

The East End Arts gallery is in the historic Davis-Corwin House at 133 E. Main St. in downtown Riverhead. Admission is free, and it is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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