Art Association of Oswego will host an exhibition of its members, a small art sale, Raku Rendezvous | Arts and entertainment

OSWEGO – The Art Association of Oswego has three upcoming events scheduled for July.

The first will be the 31st Annual AAO Members’ Art Exhibition, which runs July 17 through August 15. There is an open call for members of the local community to submit original works of art for inclusion in this exhibition. Anyone who is currently a member of the AAO (or anyone who becomes a member) is eligible to enter one or two works of art in the exhibition for a nominal fee.

New memberships can be organized at any time. Membership information and registration forms for this exhibition are available at www.oswegoarts.org.

Artwork from this exhibition will be hung in the Timothy McHenry Gallery on the second floor of the Art Center and may be offered for sale. The exhibition will be presented during normal gallery hours, during theatrical performances and during Art Association classes and workshops.

A number of prizes will be awarded, including cash and a solo performance award for 2022. The suggested theme for this year’s members’ show is fire, which is open to artistic interpretation. This thematic element is not mandatory, but it qualifies the work for a special price.

Entry and drop-off of works of art is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 10 at the Oswego Civic Arts Center. The opening of this show will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 17. This event is free and open to the public. Music and refreshments are provided.

Along with the first weekend of the members’ exhibition there will be two fundraising events … a small art exhibition and sale in the Jo Hyse gallery on the first floor of the Art Center and a outdoor ceramic called Raku Rendezvous.

The small art exhibition and sale will be open on July 17 and 18 only during gallery opening hours. Small-scale works of art no larger than 10 inches in any direction, created by local artists, will be sold right on the wall for prices of $ 20 or less.

Just outside the Civic Arts Center on Sunday, July 18, there will be another part of the Raku Rendezvous fundraiser, directly related to this year’s fire theme. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the public is invited to buy and polish a ceramic container, then cook it to a pearly finish thanks to the raku process … or simply come and have fun.

The Oswego Civic Arts Center is located at the north end of East Fourth Street in Oswego, directly across from historic Fort Ontario. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit www.oswegoarts.org or call 315-216-6782.

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Laura J. Boyer