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Call to Artists for the “Precious Things” Art Exhibit

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As many of us celebrate the holiday season, we also pause to reflect on the people, places and things in our lives that we find precious. It’s fitting, then, that the Brooksville Art Gallery 201 is asking artists to show the community those precious things that lift their hearts and spirits.

At this time, Gallery 201 at Brooksville City Hall is inviting artists to submit one to three pieces of artwork for their upcoming exhibit, “Precious Things,” which opens on January 26, 2024.

“Beyond the conventional realm, what is dear to you? ‘Precious Things’ invites you to unveil the unsung heroes, the quiet moments, and the unconventional treasures that make your world uniquely yours,” reads the call to artists. “Elevate the everyday to the extraordinary by portraying a narrative that goes beyond the surface. Celebrate the uncommon and unique moments, things, people, and places that hold a precious place in your heart.”

Pedram Moghaddam, the gallery curator of Gallery 201, encourages participating artists to exercise an open interpretation of the exhibit concept, sharing their creative, deeply personalized takes on the idea behind it. “In terms of precious things, I really want the artists to be different and think outside the box,” he said. “Be open in your interpretations. Answer the question, ‘What is precious to me?'”

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Adhering to this concept of uniqueness, one early submission to “Precious Things” took the form of a tattoo-style illustration portraying the subjects of skulls and roses. Other entries have shone predominantly pink in color—a hue that many associate with the concept of preciousness.

“While the concept of ‘Precious Things’ might bring to mind scenes from “Lord of the Rings” (with the character of Gollum in this popular book and film series referring to a coveted ring as ‘my precious’) to some, others might envision ‘Precious Moments’ figurines,” Moghaddam explained.

By way of its cultivated partnership with Gallery 201, the Hernando County Fine Arts Council is taking an active role in the planning and staging of the “Precious Things” exhibit.

“With this exhibit, we hope to get a look into the minds of our talented artists here in Hernando with their pieces centered around what is most dear to them, whether the subject of the artwork is a person, place, thing, or moment in time,” said Allisa Babor, Hernando County Fine Arts council chair. “I am excited to see what comes of this exhibit that we think will be a deeply personal one, allowing us to get to know one another more and to learn about what inspires us at our core.”

All proposals are due via email by January 5. Proposals must be approved before being dropped off with Gallery Curator Pedram Moghaddam at Brooksville City Hall. Interested artists can submit proposals for this exhibit to Pedram directly via email at [email protected] All mediums are welcome, including 3-D, sculpture, photography, and digital art. Display cases are available for items such as jewelry, fine glass or sculpture. Student work is welcome.

Important Deadlines:
Proposal deadline: January 5, 2024
Drop-off period: January 5, 2024 – January 12, 2024
Reception date: January 26, 2024, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Show duration: January 26, 2024 – April 19, 2024
Submit your proposals to Gallery Coordinator Pedram Moghaddam at [email protected].

Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey is a features journalist and author who is the winner of Florida Press Association honors and a certificate of appreciation from LINCS (Family Support Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force) and Sunrise Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center for her newspaper coverage of these issues. She graduated cum laude from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., with a journalism major and English/sociology minor, and previously wrote for publications that include the Pasco editions of The Tampa Tribune and Tampa Bay Times. A native of Indiana, she lives in Florida.
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