Fine Arts Salon 2013

Stalactites, Silicates and Mineralogy

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Exhibition of drawings, paintings, sculpture, and other art forms
not included in the other salons.

The Fine Arts Salon presents the second themed competition/exhibition to be held in
Shippensburg, Pensylvannia.

The Fine Arts Salon  is the official venue for exhibiting speleologically inspired artwork. Artwork can be in any medium, from painting and sketching to digitally altered photography, computer graphics, pottery and sculpture, textiles, and mixed media. This year, the subject must involve Cave deposit and composit, focusing on the central interest of speleology. There will be SpeleoArt workshops and events held in conjunction with the exhibition.

The beginning of presenting speleological art was through SpeleoArt, founded by Carolina Shrewsbury in the early 1990s, with the help of Dave Gibson of the BCRA in the UK. SpeleoArt began as a SiG (special interests group) in response to a number of artists world wide who wanted recognition for caves in art. SpeleoArt came over to the USA by invitation, to set up a fine arts exhibiting venue for the NSS.

Competing entries for the Fine Arts Salon must involve the annual theme set for the year.

ENTRIES - All entry forms must be submitted before Convention. Do not send original artwork with entry form, please! Mail entry forms to Carolina Shrewsbury (124 4th Avenue NW, Largo, FL 33770), postmarked no later than July 15, 2012, or email to speleoart[at]

Artwork must be shipped to Convention address given on acceptance only a week before Convention, or to arrive in the Salon by 5pm Saturday JULY 3rd, 2012. Include a self-portrait preferably as a digital image if you wish it shown at the awards ceremony, and include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you want your images returned. Each digital image must be accompanied by: Name of artist, Dimensions of the piece, Category to be judged in (if judging is desired), and Medium.All exhibits are encouraged to be sold at Salon or entered for NSS Auction. The NSS will deduct a 20% commission from all art sold.Previously awarded work is encouraged to be exhibited if not seen >5 years, but will not be judged in the Salon. Applications will be screened and artists will be notified by mail or E-mail. Additional information and the Convention address to send artwork will be supplied at time of notification.

CATEGORIES - Art will be judged in 6 categories:

Paint/Pastel (All work in paint or pastel medium)
Digital Multimedia
(All work in digitalized photographic and reproduction programs)
Sketch (All work produced in pencil and ink mediums)
3D (All work as standing sculpture or worn)
Mixed Media. (All work produced by a mixture of mediums)
Textile (All work in the textile medium)

Winners will be selected in each category and a Best of Show overall. Judging will occur at the Convention. Judging for the SpeleoArt Award will be by caver ballot.

Please click logo for adult and child entry forms. They may be submitted online, or printed and mailed. Paper copies may be obtained from Carolina Shrewsbury at the address below. Craft and Design entries can also be submitted on the same form. Same fees and rules apply.

- Entry fees are per person:
$10 for adults who can assist with Salon week.
$15 for those who cannot assist with Salon week.
$5 for youth (12 and under). Make checks for entry fees payable to the NSS FAS.
The number of entries is limited to 4 per person for competition; an optional additional 4 can be entered for show only for an additional $10 fee, they do not have to be themed entries. This non-theme entry is a provision for artwork to be displayed but not judged if the artist so wishes.

imageAll entrants retain copyright and all moral and intellectual rights to their work. Credit will be included with all objects displayed. The NSS requests the following rights, which are optional. Indicate your agreement by marking the box(es) on the entry form

box4  The NSS may project these images during the award ceremony.
box3  The NSS may publish images of winning objects in periodicals for the purpose of showcasing contest winners, within one year of the contest.
box2  The NSS may use low-resolution images of these works on Web sites to announce the winners of this competition, for not more than one year.
box1  The NSS may use images of these works in low resolution in a CD/DVD of all entries for an indefinite period. This CD/DVD will be lent to NSS members for viewing at no charge.

JUDGING - Pre-selection for exhibition will occur prior to Convention. Judging will occur Monday 9am with 2 professional artists and one caver of high standing within the NSS. SpeleoArt Award will be by ballot which starts at the opening reception on Monday afternoon until Thursday 12 noon.

FURTHER INFORMATION - Questions may be referred to Carolina Shrewsbury, 124 4th Avenue NW,, Largo, FL 33770 or email

Carolina Shrewsbury
124 4th Avenue NW,
Largo, FL 33770

Exhibition Themes
2013- Calcite, silicates and Mineralogy
2014- Biology
2015- Rock Art
2016- Caving Gear/Equipment
2017- Geology
2018- The Caver
2019 - Passage and Pitch

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