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Calls to Artists


Attention, artists and actors: Fall and winter are rife with opportunities to gain recognition--and possibly even cash prizes. Two local galleries are seeking submissions from artists, and Stage Coach Theatre is holding open auditions for an upcoming production.

Art Source Gallery is an artist-owned gallery looking for one 2D and one 3D artist who will commit to at least a six-month membership. Art Source has approximately 40 member-artists who contribute art in a broad spectrum of mediums and styles, as well as work on committees and occasional special projects. Additionally, artists must work shifts at either Gallery location--two shifts per month downtown or three shifts per month at the airport.

To be considered, artists must submit five gallery-ready works. The work will be juried and artists will be interviewed by a gallery member. Applications are due by Saturday, Oct. 15. For more information and to download an application, visit

For a creative take on martinis or mutton, artistic types may consider submitting to two upcoming contests at the Idaho Poster and Letterpress Gallery. In December, the Coaster Show will be on display, and on its tail, the Sheep Show will open in January 2012.

The Coaster Show is a chance to turn the humble drink coaster into art. Artists who want to participate in the Coaster Show may submit up to 20 coasters--enough to support a barful of beverages. Coasters may be drawn on, painted or printed on, and any subject is fair game, including adult themes. The top three coasters will each win a cash prize.

Once a creative coaster reigns triumphant, the Sheep Show kicks off with sheep-themed art that includes all media, including the less traditional. Live sheep may not be used, but the gallery will accept use of dead sheep or parts, provided they are not hazardous. Three woolly winners will claim cash prizes.

Coaster submissions are due by Thursday, Nov. 10, and sheep submissions are due by Dec. 10. For detailed contest rules, visit

Artistic ability includes acting, and Stage Coach Theatre is looking for folks with stage presence to perform in A Dickens Christmas Carol. In this comedic adaptation of the familiar holiday chestnut A Christmas Carol, a somewhat stodgy English theater company is embarking on another farewell tour. Unfortunately, their resident diva feigns illness, hoping the play will be canceled without her. When the understudy replaces her, histrionic antics ensue, but the show must go on.

At Stage Coach Theatre, the show begins with open auditions for three men and four women. Auditions take place on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 6 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 2, at 2 p.m. at 4802 Emerald St. in Boise. Visit for more information.

--Talyn Brumley