5 Apr 2018

Competitions 52nd National Mother Lode Art Exhibition

Placerville Arts AssociationPlacerville, California, United States

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Opportunity Description

U.S. National Deadline: June 18, 2018 – Exhibit your exceptional artistic works at the historic Shakespeare Club in Placerville, CA. the heart of the Gold Country.

Open to all artists, 18 years and older. Eligible media includes watercolor, oil, acrylic, alkyd, pastel, pen & ink, pencil, charcoal, collage, photography, digital imagery, mixed media and 3D. Work must be original, less than three years old and not shown previously at a Mother Lode Show. No prints, copies or reproductions will be accepted. Accepted art must be the same as submitted on line.

Two-dimensional works must not exceed 72” total of two adjacent sides with frame. Diptych and Triptych entries must be in one frame, not exceeding the above dimensions. Sculpture and 3D must not exceed 50 pounds. All hanging pieces are not to exceed 25 pounds.

Works must be framed, with the exception of canvas on wide bars ie. gallery wrap, and these should have the edges painted, or if photography or digital, the image should extend around the edges. All pieces must be ready to install with backs of paintings wired and taped. No saw tooth hangers or screw eyes, clip frames or plastic box frames. Plexiglass strongly recommended for all shipped paintings. PAA reserves the right not to hang works that do not meet these guidelines. No art in the show may be removed before the close of the show.

Frank Ordaz attended the University of Southern California and graduated Art Center College of Design in 1980. He began painting for George Lucas’s Industrial Light and Magic where he worked on such Academy Award-winning films as E.T., Return of the Jedi and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Frank was recognized with an Emmy for his matte paintings in the Ewok Movie. He also for 15 years worked as an illustrator and painted over 100 book covers as well as illustrated numerous children’s books… see more

Anticipated awards are $4,000 in cash, gift certs. and merchandise, including $500 for Best in Show.

Up to 5 entries may be submitted of which only 2 may be accepted. Cost is $40 for up to 2 entries; $10 for each additional entry.

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All artwork must indicate a sale price, of which only one may be listed as “not for sale” (NFS) in the entry information. A commission of 30% of the sale price will be retained by PAA.


  • June 18, 2018 Final entry deadline
  • Week of June 25 Accept/Decline notices are emailed to artists and also available on website.
  • July 30 – August 3 Shipped entries due.
  • August 3-4 Hand-delivered entries due.
  • August 5 Show opens at 12 with presentation by judge, Frank Ordaz at 1:00 pm.
  • August 19 Awards reception at 3:00 pm. Show closes 4pm.
  • Pick Up Artist’s that hand deliver their works must pick them upafter the awards reception on August 19 until 4:00 pm,
    or on Monday August 20 from 9:00 am until 11:00 am.
  • Shipped, unsold works will be returned within two weeks
    after the end of the show.

Placerville Arts Association is a non-profit group dedicated to promoting the visual arts in our community and El Dorado County. It is El Dorado County’s oldest non-profit art group in continuous operation since it was formed in the early 1960’s. The current membership includes both artists and patrons of the arts. The purpose of Placerville Arts Association is to promote visual arts in the local community through art shows, exhibitions, art demonstrations, workshops, scholarships and art oriented field trips.

Placerville Arts Association
P.O. Box 2180
Placerville, CA 95667

Opp Categories: + Open to Multi-Media. Opp Types: Competitions. Opp Tags: Deadlines 05 May thru June, Open to U.S. Artists Only, and Special Opportunities. Income: Cash or Value Awards, Exhibition – Group, and Sales.

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