Call to Artists: Totem Show

1st DEADLINE: Mon, Jan 25, 2016

steve+ward+signConfluence Gallery invites artists to use any medium to explore personal or cultural totems:

As defined by Wikipedia, “A totem is a spirit being, sacred object, or symbol that serves as an emblem of a group of people, such as a family, clan, lineage, or tribe. The totemic symbol may serve as a reminder of the kin group’s ancestry or mythic past. While the term “totem” is Ojibwe in origin, belief in tutelary spirits and deities is not limited to indigenous peoples of the Americas but common to a number of cultures worldwide. Totemistic beliefs are found in regions of Africa, Arabia, Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Arctic. Contemporary neoshamanic, New Age and
mythopoetic men’s movements not otherwise involved in the practice of a tribal religion may appropriate and use ‘totem’ terminology for the personal identification with a tutelary spirit or guide.”

Submit up to 3 works for consideration. Please submit a brief statement about your thoughts on Totem and how you plan to address this theme.

Each piece must be:
Your own original work.
Available for sale.
Created in the last 3 years.
Never previously been shown in the Methow Valley area.
Any Size (or give size parameters if appropriate)
Any Medium
Ready for hanging with appropriate hardware/wire secured to work (works without hanging
hardware will not be hung)

Please note the curator(s) have the right to refuse work, even after work is delivered to the gallery, if it does not contribute to the direction, cohesiveness, or available space of the show. We are looking for high quality execution and thoughtful content that contribute to the vision of the show as stated above.

Deadlines/Important Dates:
JANUARY 25: Intent to Submit, Thoughts about Totem and samples of work  (email to

MARCH 21: Jpegs of finished work or work in progress
APRIL 16: Artist Statement and Bio (in email or word doc only, no pdf’s or handwritten
statements please).
APRIL 16: Completed works, Inventory Sheet and Confluence Gallery Contract
APRIL 23, 4-8pm: Show Opening. All artists are encouraged to attend.
JUNE 4: Show Closes. Work will be available for pick up after 3pm.

The Confluence Gallery and Art Center is a non-profit gallery. All shipping costs to and from the gallery of unsold works is each artist’s responsibility. See Confluence Gallery Shipping Procedures form for details.

Please feel free to email us directly at or call Executive Director Salyna
Gracie at the Confluence Gallery (509) 997-2787 if you have any questions about the show or
the requirements. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

1st DEADLINE: Monday, January 25 CONTACT: Confluence Gallery,, 509.997.2787