The Sandy Springs venue’s sixth annual non-curated arts show, “pin-up!,” is set to run Friday through July 11.
Open to artists of all ages, the project has a simple mantra: ‘If you can pin it, you can submit it.’
“The idea behind this show is that we wanted to create a fun event that would be open to anyone and everyone in the community,” said department spokeswoman Joanna Strickland. “It is a great experience to walk into a gallery and see your artwork on the wall.”
The drop-off period — each prospective contributor is limited to three submissions — ends Friday at 5 p.m. An opening reception is scheduled the same day, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Organizers are billing the exhibit as a great opportunity for participating artists to showcase their work and for collectors to purchase artwork at very reasonable prices.
“Pin-up!” has drawn on average between 75 and 85 contributing artists annually for the last few years. Their wares represent a cross section of disciplines.
“There will be work in watercolor, oil, pastels, screen printings, photography, and always a few surprises mixed in … glass, clay and fiber arts,” said Strickland. “The uniqueness of this show is that the novice can participate as well as the established artist.”
Young emerging artists, those ages 17 and under, will have a wall all to themselves at the center’s gallery.
In addition to pin-up guidelines (no more than four push pins), other stipulations for submissions mandate that the work be 18x24 or smaller, extend from the wall no more than 5 inches and be unframed and unmated.
The buzz generated by the showcase is now palpable, organizers said.
“The excitement of this show is that it keeps growing all week long as we have participants drop by every day, Tuesday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.,” said Strickland. “The opening reception Friday evening is a great time to stop in, browse, view all the artwork — there is always something for everyone — and find that something special to add to your collection at a reasonable price.
“And we hope that this year we can inspire even more people in the community to get involved.”
The Abernathy Arts Center is located at 254 Johnson Ferry Road in Sandy Springs.