Friday, September 3, 2021

Concord, NH

Deadline Extended to 7/5: "Summer Haze": First Group Art Exhibition at Jess Barnett Art Studio

4 Park St., Suite 216 Concord, NH 03301 USA


The Haze of July Flowers by Jess Barnett

Call for Entries:
“Summer Haze” Group Art Exhibition
August 6-September 3, 2021

“They drove down Dame Street. The street was busy with unusual traffic, loud with the horns of motorists and the gongs of impatient tram-drivers. Near the Bank Segouin drew up and Jimmy and his friend alighted. A little knot of people collected on the footpath to pay homage to the snorting motor. The party was to dine together that evening in Segouin's hote and, meanwhile, Jimmy and his friend, who was staying with him, were to go home to dress. The car steered out slowly for Grafton Street while the two young men pushed their way through the knot of gazers. They walked northward with a curious feeling of disappointment in the exercise, while the city hung its pale globes of light above them in a haze of summer evening." — from Dubliners by James Joyce

“It was a lovely, calm Montana summer evening, a Saturday night after a long weekend of softball. The full moon rose blazing over Mount Sentinel, outlining the maw of the Hellgate Canyon with silver fire. A streak of summer haze like a line of blood lay across the moon's idiot face. The motel's pool lights were reduced to dim glows. The hot tub shimmered around us like a pot of silver. The early August afternoon had been as hot as a fiddler's bitch, and a molten slice of sunset still glowed with a hot golden flame along the jagged edge of the western horizon, but the early evening air had cooled quickly enough to draw vaporous swirls of steam from the heated water. The rising moon seemed to muffle the night for a moment. The only sounds were faint — the hiss of traffic over the Clark Fork bridge, the soft paddles from a gaggle of children in the pool, the romantic whispers of two young blond girls in oversized softball shirts leaning into each other, and the brazen chuckles squirting out of a coven of young men brewing drunken plots of disorder and early sorrow at a poolside table.” — from The Right Madness by James Crumley

What does “summer haze” mean to you?

New England artists (those from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont) are invited to submit 1-2 works for consideration for this group exhibition with the theme “Summer Haze.” This group art show is open to 2D artists, 3D artists, and photographers. No reproductions of original paintings or drawings are allowed. Gallery will jury 1 or 2 pieces to exhibit during the group art show. The maximum size of an artwork display area is 24" width x 36" height. Types of 2D work accepted: book/paper art, digital art, paintings, drawings, collage, encaustic, fiber art, textiles, mixed media, photography, and print making.

Jess Barnett Art Studio is a small gallery and art studio in downtown Concord, NH, across from the State House, and the only abstract art gallery in Concord.

For more details about this call for entries and group exhibition, see below.


Contact Email:

Call Title: Summer Haze, a group exhibition at Jess Barnett Art Studio

Exhibition Dates: August 6, 2021, to Friday, September 3, 2021

Eligibility: New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont)

City/State: Concord, New Hampshire

Entry Deadline: July 5, 2021


Images: Minimum: 1, Maximum: 2

Entry Fee: $10 for 1 entry or $15 for 2 entries. To pay entry fee, send amount via PayPal to or via Venmo to @Jess-Barnett-2. Alternatively, you can send a check to the studio (made out to "Jess Barnett"; address: 4 Park St., Suite 216, Concord, NH 03301).

How to Submit Images: Send images in a zip file to along with an email specifying that you are applying for the "Summer Haze" group exhibition. Each image file should be named as such: Last Name_First Name_Name of Work.

Artist Reception

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it may not be possible to hold an in-person reception. This will be determined in early July. If it is safe to hold an in-person reception, the gallery will do so. If not, a virtual Zoom reception will be held. The reception (either in-person or virtual) will occur on Friday, August 13, 2021, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. EST. All artists are invited and strongly encouraged to attend either the in-person or virtual reception. If the reception is held virtually, a Zoom link and calendar invite will be sent out at least a week prior to the reception.

If an in-person reception is not held, visiting the exhibition in person will still be possible by arranging showings to up to 3 people at a time. Interested parties can email Jess Barnett at to schedule a showing.

I welcome and encourage all artists to attend the reception (either in person or via Zoom). New Hampshire artists are strongly encouraged to attend. If you are unable to do so, we understand, but try your best to be present.

Commission on Sales

70% of sales go to the artist; 30% of sales go to the gallery

Maximum Size Artwork Display Area

24” width, 36” height, 4" depth


The “Summer Haze” exhibition will be promoted through social media (Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn, through the gallery mailing list, on the Jess Barnett Art Studio website (, and via the local newspaper (Concord Monitor). Participating artists are encouraged to promote the show themselves, through social media and/or their own mailing lists.

Gallery Info

Jess Barnett Art Studio, 4 Park St., Suite 403, Concord, NH 03301


Entry Fee: $10 for 1 entry or $15 for 2 entries

Entry Deadline: Monday, July 5, 2021

Notification of Acceptance: July 14, 2021


70% of sales goes to the artist. Patrons purchasing art during the month-long art show will pay the gallery. The gallery will pay the artists by check or Venmo by September 17, 2021.

Art purchased through the gallery may be taken by the patron at the time of payment.


Artists must make up two tags for each piece, one to put on the back of the artwork and one to put up on the wall. Artists are welcome to provide 3-5 business cards to display at the gallery.

Both tags need to be no larger than 3.5" x 5" and labeled with the following:

  • Artist's name
  • Title
  • Medium
  • Size
  • Price
  • City
  • State

NOTE: Art must be wired on the back ready to hang.


Artists accepted into the exhibition must either mail their artwork or drop it off in person during one of the provided drop-off times (see below). If you are mailing the work, you must ship it to the studio anytime between when you are notified of acceptance and the artwork arrival deadline, which is Saturday, July 31, 2021. Please let me know if you are planning to drop off your artwork or mail it, so that I know to expect your in-person visit or that the work will be arriving via mail. Please also notify me of whether you plan to pick up the art or need to coordinate return shipping (pick-up dates and times are below).

Shipping Address:

Jess Barnett Art Studio
4 Park St., Suite 216
Concord, NH 03301

Drop-Off Dates & Times:

  • Friday, July 30, 4-6 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 31, 12-5 p.m.

Pick-Up Dates & Times:

  • Saturday, September 4, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 5, 12-3 p.m.


Shipping Artwork

Artists shipping in their work may do it anytime after being selected up to the July 31 due date. Artists are responsible for round-trip shipping and insurance (during shipping) of artworks. NOTE: ALL SHIPPED ARTWORK MUST INCLUDE A RETURN PREPAID SHIPPING LABEL. FedEx, UPS, and USPS are accepted. Packing material must be reusable for return shipping. Any artwork not wired on back and ready for installation will not be accepted.

Returning Artwork

Unsold artwork will be returned by Jess Barnett Art Studio to the artist within two weeks following the closing date of the exhibition in accordance with prepaid labels.

Jess Barnett Art Studio will not accept postage stamps, credit card numbers, or shipping accounts for return of artwork, nor will Jess Barnett Art Studio staff take artwork to the post office or anywhere else to be weighed, measured, or pay for shipping.

Jess Barnett Art Studio is not responsible for return of any artwork if shipping label is not prepaid.


Jess Barnett Art Studio will exercise extreme care in handling all artwork, but does not assume any liability for loss or damage while on display in Jess Barnett Art Studio or during shipping. It is the artist's responsibility to independently insure their own work.

Artists accepted to the show give Jess Barnett Art Studio permission to use their submitted images or photographed images of their work on display in the gallery for promotional purposes.

Artists not delivering their art in the required time frame, without contacting the gallery, will be disqualified from this show with no refund.

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