Gallery Gift Shop

The store at Abrams Claghorn sells a selection of functional objects, jewelry, cards, prints and original fine art. All of the work is made by San Francisco Bay Area artists and makers.

We are actively looking for makers to fill out the selection in the gallery store.

If you have developed your own look, work in high volume and have a complete line of work, you are especially encouraged to apply.

Items accepted will be sold on consignment.

To apply, stop by the gallery and say hi then send us a message in the contact form below. We will reply to your message as soon as we can. A follow-up email may ask you to attach 5 -10 images of your work, and include descriptions and pricing.

If you have a question, email us!

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How to apply to be an artist in our gallery:

The first step is to visit the gallery and get a sense of what the place is like. Our focus is on locally made art and craft.

Then, if you think your artwork fits in, talk to the staff. We can then go over the details  for applying.

We will need 5 -10 images of your current work, a bio and artists statement. We will not visit websites.

Gallery Art Shows

For Summer 2020:

OPEN CALL: Seeking emerging artists with little to no exhibition experience

Abrams Claghorn Gallery is excited to announce a professional development course designed to mentor and prepare selected artists ahead of a summer exhibition debuting new works. 3 to 5 selected artists will work with industry professionals to develop their artist statements, curatorial skills, and create new work ahead of the exhibition open date.

Entry Procedure

Submit each of the following to gallery@AbramsClaghorn.com by March 10, 2019:

  1. A concept summary/proposal for your shared exhibition
  2. A portfolio of 5-10 images of recent work
  3. A brief biography

Fee upon selection: $500; collected fee will cover the cost of instructors hired to support selected artists’ professional development. One scholarship of $500 may be awarded, based on the needs of the selected artists. Abrams Claghorn Gallery will also work with the selected artists to help find grants to help cover materials and other costs of creating work for this exhibition.

The Process

Deadline for entries: March 12, 2020

Show opening date: July 1, 2020

Opening reception: July 11, 2020

Throughout the months before the show’s open date, selected artists will:

  • Develop their body of work with feedback from panel of artists and Gallery professionals
  • Attend studio visits with experienced professional artists
  • Develop their artist statements

About the Gallery

Abrams Claghorn Gallery (Albany, CA) pairs a curated gallery space with a museum-style store. Abrams Claghorn Gallery has exhibited fine art and functional artworks created by diverse Bay Area artists since April 2015. The Gallery hosts workshops that invite community members to learn about and work alongside the artists showcased in our exhibitions.

About the Jurors

Elizabeth Addison– www.elizabethaddison.com

Elizabeth Addison is a San Francisco Bay Area visual artist, curator, and educator whose widely exhibited works are included in The California Endowment’s permanent collection and collected by numerous private and public collectors. Her primary media include experimental printmaking, installation, audio and digital media.

Pamela Blotner– www.pamelablotner.com

Pamela Blotner is an artist and educator who lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. In her Berkeley studio, she creates sculptures and drawings reflecting on humankind’s relationship to nature, animals, science, and calamity. Her early experiences as a sculptor/illustrator for the Houston Zoological Gardens, in Houston, Texas, and her later work with Human Rights Watch, Physicians for Human Rights, the UC Berkeley Human Rights Center, Art for Conservation and the Leatherback Trust set her course toward and continue to influence her aesthetic and practice. Her sculpture, drawings and installations have been exhibited in Europe, Asia, Africaand throughout the United States.

Natalie Mae Borges – www.nataliemaeborges.com

Natalie Mae Borges is a jeweler, glass artist, and painter. She began her glass education in Redding, California at Shasta College before continuing on to California College of the Arts in Oakland, California. Natalie is currently the manager and workshop coordinator at Abrams Claghorn Gallery.

L. Herrada-Rios– www.lherr.com

L. Herrada-Rios (b. San Francisco, 1988) is a multidisciplinary artist and published photographer. L. uses her diverse training as well as her genuine enthusiasm for the world to capture life’s follies and everyday triumphs. L.is a founding member of Bay Area art collective, YS-800 Collective, contributing photographer to the street art publisher Endless Canvas, and a lead organizer for the Bay Area Queer Zine Fest.

Terms & Conditions

  • Items shown in the summer show must be part of selected artists’ current body of

work, i.e. cannot have been shown previously in an exhibition and must have been

completed in the last two years.

  • All items ultimately displayed must meet aesthetic and technical standards of the Gallery and must receive final approval from the jurors.

Questions?Contact Robert Abrams at gallery@abramsclaghorn.com

Gallery Art Shows

For April 2020

The Ground Upon Which We Stand

NCWCA Call For Artists

Greater Bay Area Juried Exhibition


DEADLINE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2020

https://www.ncwca.org/news.html

The Ground Upon Which We Stand references the sacredness of the land and standing your ground in times of global upheaval and climate change. This art exhibition will also coincide with Earth Day, April 22, 2020. What is your relationship to nature, the environment, and our planet? Are you worried, hopeful, activated or taking action? Do you oppose technology-industry-capitalism-globalization? Alternatively, do you believe that technology and globalization are compatible with environmental integrity? Are you advocating for a simpler way of life, a return to ancestral lifeways, or for a technological future that imagines the end of pollution, over-crowding and the extinction of species? Echoing Greta Thunberg’s call to action, does your artwork make a point that there is no plan B or planet B? We are looking for artwork that engages on many levels – aesthetically, environmentally, socially, personally – allowing for a range of expression and points of view. What is your message for our Planet? We want to know.

In conjunction with this exhibition, there will be a Call and Response event that explores how visual art, music, narrative, and data respond to each other and reverberate through physical and social space. Call and response is a term derived from the musical technique where a melody sung by one person is echoed by another. At this event, special guests from fields that include music, poetry, tech, and science will respond to your exhibited works in a performance setting.

ELIGIBILITY
Women artists, including all those who identify as women, residing within the greater San Francisco Bay Area. You must be a 2020 NCWCA member in good standing to submit using the discounted member submission fee. You may join NCWCA by going to https://www.ncwca.org/membership-2020.html. Artists selected by jurors whose work cannot be hand-delivered will have their work exhibited on the NCWCA Online Gallery.

CATEGORIES ACCEPTED
Original artwork created through the media of digital media, multimedia, video, painting, drawing, photo, printmaking, collage, wall-hung assemblage, wall-hung sculpture, multimedia, fiber art, artist book, mixed media, storyboard, installation, and sculpture . No reproductions.

JURORS
Elizabeth Addison, NCWCA Exhibitions Chair, Artist, Educator, Curator.
Robert Abrams, Owner, Abrams Claghorn Gallery, Sculptor.

VENUE
Abrams Claghorn Gallery, 1251 Solano Ave. Albany, CA 94706, 510 526 9558.

EXHIBITION DATES
Thursday, April 2 -Thursday, April 30, 2020

OPENING RECEPTION
Saturday, April 11, 2020
5pm-9pm

CALL AND RESPONSE EVENT
Saturday, April 18, 2020
3pm-6pm

NON-REFUNDABLE ENTRY FEE
$20 per entry for NCWCA members. $35 per entry for non-members.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION
Monday, February 3, 2020 11:59 pm your time zone.

ARTWORK LIMITATIONS
Work can be wall or ceiling suspended. Abrams Claghorn Gallery requests that wall-hung works are within a maximum width of 24 inches and a maximum height of 10 feet. A variety of sculpture pedestals are available. There are limited outlets for tech equipment. Artists with sound works must provide their own headphones. Artists with video must provide their own equipment. The Online Gallery has no size limitation. Works selected by the jurors that cannot be hand-delivered will be exhibited in the Online Gallery on the NCWCA website.

ARTWORK PRESENTATION
Work must remain on exhibit for the entire show. No exceptions. Artworks must arrive ‘ready to hang’ and be presented professionally. Saw-tooth hangers and small wire loops on the back of inexpensive frames, scratched glass and plexiglass, poorly constructed frames, and poorly cut mats are not acceptable. Framed work should be under glass or plexiglass unless it is intentionally unframed and professionally presented. Digital picture frames or wall-hung display monitors are acceptable as long as they can be hung on the wall or from the hooks in the ceiling. Weight limited to 16-24 lb. The curators reserve the right to reject any work at delivery whose presentation and quality is sub-standard.

NOTIFICATION TO ARTISTS
Artists will be notified by February 24, 2020.

HAND-DELIVERY OF ARTWORK
All ready-to-hang artwork must be hand-delivered to the gallery on Sunday, March 29, 2020, 10-2PM. We cannot accept shipped works.

PICK-UP OF ARTWORK
Artwork must be picked up on Thursday, April 30, 2020 from 2-6PM

EXHIBITION CATALOG
A catalog of the exhibition will be published and available for purchase. It will include all works selected for the gallery and the Online Gallery.

SALES OF ART
50% to the artist, 10% to NCWCA, 40% to Abrams Claghorn Gallery. Works displayed solely on the NCWCA Online Gallery will not be sold.

INSURANCE & LIABILITY
Abrams Claghorn Gallery liability insurance covers theft and damage. It does NOT cover ‘Acts of God’; i.e. natural disasters. Nor does it cover problems that are the artist’s fault i.e. artwork defects and inadequate framing due to artist’s negligence. It is advised that participating artists have their own insurance. NCWCA does not provide insurance for your work.

APPLICATION
Online only, through Entrythingy below.

QUESTIONS
Email ncwcachapter@gmail.com with subject header “2020 The Ground Show.” If you would like someone to respond to your questions by phone, please provide your phone number with your email.