Call for ARTists 2015
13th Annual ARTrails
Call for ARTists
ARTrails invites you to become a part of one of the fastest growing, most vibrant arts communities in Southwest Washington. Join us as we celebrate our 13th year.
Applications for 2015 are now being accepted and our deadline for entries is February 1, 2015.
We all know how difficult it can be to jury into a show, especially the first time. Juries can be intimidating, but don't let that stop you. It feels wonderful to get that email welcoming you to the show. If it turns out that you aren't accepted, always remember it is only one opinion and the jury for ARTrails (and most other shows) change annually. What one jury doesn't accept another may love, so keep improving, keep working, keep creating and keep applying. Keep in mind that if you haven't been turned down at least once by a jury, you probably aren't pushing yourself enough.
ARTrails provides a wonderful opportunity for artists to increase the awareness of arts as a significant part of community life, promote their work, and provide an enjoyable and inspiring educational experience for the public.
Download the 2015 Application and Guidelines
What is ARTrails
In early 2003, a group of local artists gathered together to discuss the need to support each other in creative endeavors.The talk quickly turned into a plan to organize a county-wide studio tour and exhibition gallery to showcase each artists’ work. Together, these artists brought this idea to the attention of local government leaders and Lewis County businesses and community members.With these combined and cooperative efforts the idea became a reality and ARTrails was born.The successful event provided quality art experiences for the public and was the catalyst for a vibrant and active Lewis County arts community.
Twelve years later, ARTrails has grown faster and in ways that were never imagined by our founding members. Our Annual Studio tour brought over 3500 visitors to the studios: from 86 cities, 10 states, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. ARTrails artists represent the organization and the arts on multiple municipal and community boards and organizations including the Chehalis Renaissance Team, public art advisory committee (including the Centralia Sculpture Park - designed and financed by an ARTrails Artist) and the Storefront Art Project – placing original art, cooperative and pop-up galleries, and artists in empty building in our communities’ downtowns. ARTrails has other plans and events in the works and our next decade promises to be even more exciting than our first.
ARTrails is committed to being an ombudsman for arts in the county and our artists are dedicated to bringing an understanding and love of art to the communities we live in, our local schools and filling the empty spaces around us with color and delight.