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GNSI-GNY May 2004 chapter newsletter
Chapter meetings are open to all GNSI members and friends.

Annual Pot Luck Picnic
Saturday, June 19, 2004
1:00 to 5:00 pm (rain date June 26)

GNSI members and their guests are invited to this year¹s GNSI-GNY picnic at the home of chapter member Rosemary Volpe in Monroe, Connecticut. Please bring a dish to share.

RSVP to Rosemary (day 203/432-9804 or email at [log in to unmask]) by June 16th with how many in your party and what you¹ll be bringing. Extra chairs and outdoor games are also welcome. Contact Rosemary for directions.

Opening Reception for the
Connecticut Invasives Traveling Exhibit
Saturday, June 5, 2004 from 4 to 7 pm

Artwell Gallery & Community Center
19 Water Street, Torrington, CT
May 29 to June 19, 2004
Artists¹ Reception

For additional information call (860) 672-6678.
Open Thursdays and Fridays from 1 to 8 p.m.,
Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Call for Entries:
[The following calls for entry  are for Greater New York  chapter members only.  Unfortunately, we cannot afford the additional administrative effort of accommodating additional artwork  at this time.]

GNSI­Greater New York Chapter Call for Entries
Alive in New York: A Growing Invasion
Non-Native Plant Invasion of New York¹s Private and Public Lands
A Juried Traveling Art Exhibition*
November 2004 to November 2005
The call for art is open to all GNSI-NY members.
Exhibit organizers: Roberta Rosenthal, Jessie Salmon, and Kate Rivera

What is the exhibit about?
An extension of the successful exhibit Connecticut Invasive Plants and their alternatives, this exhibit focuses on the spread of non-native plants from cultivation and accidental introduction, to New York State¹s native ecosystems. We will include the offenders, less aggressive substitutes for cultivation, and native plants at risk in the wild. Birds, insects or other wildlife affected by the introduction or loss of these plants may be included in a work. (For example, the Monarch caterpillar feeds only on milkweed, or its close relatives, or an insect predator imported as a biological control for purple loosestrife.) The artwork will be accompanied by educational materials to increase public awareness of our losses to the effects of the invasion, and what can be done about it.

Where will it be exhibited?
Museums, nature centers, educational institutions and galleries interested in environmental issues throughout New York State. The exhibit opening will be on the grand opening of the new visitor center at Sam¹s Point Reserve in the town of Cragsmoor, NY, in October or November 2004, on view through January 2005.
How many paintings will be exhibited?
We would like to see all of the top 20 New York invasive plants, along with several alternatives for each, rendered for this exhibit. This could make for a show of anywhere from 40 to over 100 pieces.

Choosing a subject
Select from the list of the top 20 most invasive plants and alternative/ threatened plants on the insert in this newsletter.* In choosing a first subject, first come first served for invasives. Duplicate subjects will not be accepted until all invasives are chosen. The same applies to alternatives. Choose ASAP! [See entry form info below.]

[*This list is too large to post to the listserv in this message. For information contact Jessie Salmon  at [log in to unmask]].

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Alive in New York: A Growing Invasion
Entry Form
Name of Artist       
Address
Phone (day)    
Phone (eve)    
Email

Name of invasive plant(s) selected:
1st choice  
2nd choice
     
Name of alternative plant(s) selected:
1st choice       
2nd choice
     
Send your entry to:
Jessie Salmon
GNSI­GNY Invasives Exhibition
90 Pine Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
OR
[log in to unmask]

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Deadline for selecting plants
Written confirmation of your plant selection(s): 6/14/04 Please use the form on the next page. Send to Jessie Salmon, 90 Pine St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 or [log in to unmask]
Slides or electronic submissions for jurying: 9/14/04.
Jury art completed: 9/29/04. All work selected MUST have a slide submission by 10/14/04.
Framed original art due: 10/14/04

Creative scope
Original works of botanical and scientifically correct fine art .
Specifications for original art
Media: watercolor, gouache, color pencil with additional water media, acrylic, oils, egg tempera or original color prints (i.e., woodcuts, linoleum prints, etchings, etc.). No photography or digital prints. The color rendering may be on white or on a color environmental/natural habitat painted background. Graphite or pen and ink may be included as accents (part of a background, details of a plant or other element).

Sizes for art
Invasives: To fit within 18" x 24" gallery-type frames.
Alternatives: To fit within 16" x 20" frame.

Framing
For paintings of invasive plants use 18" x 24" gallery frames. For corresponding cultivated or native plants use 16" x 20" frames. Use Plexiglass® acrylic glazing only.

Media support
Appropriate quality papers, vellum, board or canvas supports. Not acceptable: mylar, Denril® or other similar plastic or film support.

Matting
Museum quality acid-free board, white or off white; no colored mats (i.e., blue, green, purple). The matte should be appropriate for art, with a border of 2" to 3" or more. Paintings on canvas or board do not require matting, but should have a frame similar to that of the water media.

Shipping requirements
Proper shipping materials that are reusable. All components of the shipping material should be labeled with the artwork and artist name for re-packing.

Fees
No artist fee for members who are current with dues (both chapter and national GNSI). We will be charging the sponsor host a fee for the exhibit and hopefully it will be enough to cover costs of insurance, hanging and shipping.

Promotion
This will include: letters, a CD image bank, slides, inquiries, brochures, listings on environmental, scientific, botanical, and art web sites, and ads in newspapers and magazines (if funding permits). We will seek out opportunities to get free articles written about the exhibit.

Use of the image bank
Images will be stored for up to 5 years for the purposes of educational and promotion use only.

Guidelines for selling a painting
Artists may set their own price and sell their original art, including etchings, handmade lithographs, woodcuts or other fine prints.. GNSI­NY takes 10% and the sponsor host up to 30%. We will try to negotiate for a lower percentage. Artist agrees to replace any painting sold with another original of the same (keep your drawings, tracings and color roughs!).

Items to sell in gift shops
Artists may provide us with high quality greeting cards/envelopes, matted digital or giclee prints, and any other high quality greeting gift items like: art pins, T-shirts, mugs, mousepads, scarves, etc. The host shops will want a wholesale price. In this way we can sell the items to the shop upfront and keep bookkeeping simple. The GNSI will not take a percentage on gift shop items.

Sponsors
A donation of $500 or more will get a sponsor¹s name as a supporter associated with the exhibit all of our printed materials.


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Publications Office                      phone: 1-(203) 432-9804
Peabody Museum of Natural History        fax: 1-(203) 432-5872
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