Saturday, January 12, 2013

Visalia Sofa Art XVIII

The Sofa Art Time Machine
A Trip Through Art History

February 6 – March 1, 2013
Reception: Friday, February 8th, 6 – 8pm

ART for HEART Auction: Friday, February 15th

Artwork Entries Due: Saturday, February 2nd
Sofa Art returns in all its glory for the eighteenth consecutive year with yet another fun theme: The Sofa Art Time Machine: A Trip Through Art History. With this year's theme, we ask participating artists to leaf back through the pages of their favorite art history books, or perhaps the Google Art Project, for a little inspiration. Of course, this is a Sofa Art show, and it goes without saying that this is art "about the sofa," not to "complement the sofa" and all artworks must include the obligatory couch, davenport, recliner, day bed, divan, etc. Just use your imagination and have a little fun. As always, the Sofa Art exhibition is open to all artists, and non-artists alike, with no entry fee for artwork submissions. Simply deliver your artwork to Arts Visalia by the Entry Deadline described below.
The exhibition will run from February 6th through March 1st. An opening reception will be held Friday, February 8th from 6 to 8 pm. Attendance is free and open to the public.
For the second straight year, Arts Visalia will partner will Pro-Youth/HEART as a part of the Sofa Art experience, with a special artwork auction event to be held on the evening of Friday, February 15th. Called Art for HEART, this second reception will auction off a selection of Sofa Artworks made specially for the exhibition by supporters of Pro-Youth's exceptional after-school programs throughout Tulare County.
The first Sofa Art Show was held in 1996 as a playful response to an unflattering depiction of Visalia’s local art scene as described by a local newspaper writer. Sofa Art Co-Founder Varian Mace, then an art instructor at College of the Sequoias, shared the article with her classes and challenged them to make some “real sofa art” in response. The resulting exhibition was a hit, to say the least, and has been an annual Visalia tradition ever since.
All artists, and, again, non-artists, are invited to submit their creations. Entry forms may be picked up at Arts Visalia or online at Artwork submissions must be delivered to Arts Visalia by Saturday, February 2nd. A dedicated artwork delivery session is scheduled for Saturday, February 2nd from Noon to 3pm.
For more information, contact Arts Visalia at (559) 739-0905 or