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Something ‘Blue’ now in gallery

Artwork hangs in The Art Guild gallery, waiting to be viewed and voted on for the juried competition Nov. 9.  Artists’ names remain confidential until the winner has been named.

Artwork hangs in The Art Guild gallery, waiting to be viewed and voted on for the juried competition Nov. 9. Artists’ names remain confidential until the winner has been named.

Something new and something blue is taking place in Selma this month.

The Art Guild is hosting a juried art show Sunday, Nov. 9 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., but it’s unlike any show they have held before.

“This is a definite departure from anything we’ve ever done before,” said Jo Pate, Selma Art Guild president. “It is a concept or a themed show. Artists were asked to take the word blue and interpret it on canvas, clay [and more].”

The work is not required to be blue however, just a representation of the color.

“It’s what do you think of the word blue,” Pate said. “How do you interpret what kind of a theme, or what kind of a concept comes up when you see the word blue?”

Instead of having the normal judging categories, all of the entries will be judged in one lot against each other.

“It will definitely be based on how well the artist presents their concept in whatever medium they choose,” Pate said. “They will write an artist statement, stating why they did what they did.”

There will be first, second and third prizes given out and honorable mention. One more surprise of the show is who will choose the winners..

“Another aspect of this is that all of the people that come to the show will be given a ballot, and they are going to be the judges,” Pate said. “This is a chance for the public to be the judges. It’s a peoples’ choice.”

There are around 70 pieces of work being displayed, and the judging will be between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. The awards will be given at 3:30 p.m.

The goal is to encourage art in Selma, and Pate is hoping that this show will help achieve that goal.

“We’re trying to keep art at the front and center in Selma,” Pate said.