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Call for visual artists: ‘The Weather Outside My Window’


February 19, 2014

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — The Weather Project (TWP) is a series of events, performances, symposiums and workshops about the weather and climate change produced by NACL Theatre and a variety of community organizations. Two centerpieces of the project include the creation of a massive outdoor pageant play slated for August 9, 2014 in the Town of Highland; and a public art show titled “The Weather Outside My Window.”

NACL Theatre, the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA), and the Catskill Art Society (CAS) are calling for 20 artists to create a piece of visual art with the theme “The Weather Outside My Window.” The art created for this will premiere in the August 9 performance and have subsequent shows at the Sullivan County Government Center, NACL and public schools.

One vintage 1920s window will be distributed to each participating artist along with an honorarium of $50 to cover costs. Artists should use waterproof paint or other materials to create a work; the window and frame is your canvas. The deadline for completed work is July 25.

Each artist will be asked to each carry his/her own piece of art in a processional entrance as the pageant begins, joining with all TWP participants and performers. A structure/sculpture will be built as part of the scenic design, upon which you will hang your window art. The art will remain there for the duration of the performance. No singing or dancing required.

When the play is done, NACL requests that the artist donate their artwork to the theatre permanently for display at NACL and travelling exhibitions. Upon consulting with the artist, and with their permission, NACL may request a donation of the window for possible auction at the theatre’s annual fundraiser dinner in November 2014.

The windows are sized at 30 inches by 32 inches, and some smaller windows measure 24 inches by 28 inches. Fresh coats of paint or sealer may be applied to the old (possibly 1920s lead) paint on the frames. NACL will be responsible for devising the method for hanging the art on the sculpture set. If you wish to participate, contact John Tomlinson at artisttomlinson@gmail.com. Windows can be picked up at NACL (845/557-0694), DVAA (845/252-7576), or CAS (845/436-4227).