Jackson Memorial Library, 71 Main St./Route 131, invites full- and part-time residents of Maine who create fine art to apply for exhibition of their works in the library.  Preference is given to two-dimensional work that fits the space; and to artists who have not exhibited at the library during the past year.

The library’s art mission is to benefit its community through the aesthetic enjoyment, dialogue and insights that may result from viewing exhibitions. Solo exhibitions will be displayed in the library’s Community Room and adjunct spaces. Joint exhibitions are permitted, but should be coordinated before application; information for all artists must be included in the application.

All artists 18 and older who reside in the State of Maine either full- or part-time are eligible to apply. Preference is given work that qualifies as “fine art,” is two-dimensional, fits the library space and weighs less than 20 pounds per piece. The artwork must be suitable for display to a diverse audience, including children, enhance its setting and help create a sense of place. Artwork should not pose a threat to public safety. Artists must be present for delivery and opening reception.

To apply for exhibition, mail or deliver the items listed below to the Jackson Memorial Library Exhibition Coordinator, P.O. Box 231, Tenants Harbor, ME 04860. Applications also can be sent via email to art@jacksonmemoriallibrary.org. They should include the following: cover letter including a brief overview of what one intends to exhibit and contact information; artist’s statement; brief biography; images of at least five works (either hard copy or CD); list of three exhibition date preferences in order (see below); and a $5 non-refundable application fee in the form of a check made out to the Jackson Memorial Library.

The first available exhibition period begins Feb. 1, with exhibitions scheduled periodically thereafter. Because exhibitions will be scheduled on a first-come-first-serve basis, artists are encouraged to contact the library as soon as possible to schedule an exhibition. Scheduling occurs only after all parts of the application are received, reviewed and accepted. There is a $20 contract fee to be paid at the time of contract signing; said fee is used towards promotions and hanging of exhibitions.

Available exhibition dates in 2017 are: Exhibit 1, Feb. 1 through March 31; Exhibit 2, April 1 through May 31; Exhibit 3, June 1 through July 3; Exhibit 4, July 18 through Aug. 23; Exhibit 5, Aug. 24 through Sept. 23; and Exhibit 6, Sept. 24 through Nov. 23. All artwork must remain on the wall for the duration of the scheduled exhibit and must be marked for sale. The library will charge a 30 percent commission for all works sold during exhibition.

The JML Exhibition Coordinator will notify artists of show dates, delivery date and pick-up date. Artists are responsible for properly framed and ready-to-hang artwork and for delivery of their work to the library at the scheduled date. The library will hang the work.  Artists are invited to use the facility to host their own opening reception. For more information, call 372-8961.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.