a midsummer art show inspired by the Earth’s movement through the heavens

Solstice (Latin: “solstitium”, sun-stopping): the point on the earth’s horizon where the sun appears to rise or set, stops and reverses direction after this day. The midsummer solstice marks a transition to lengthening nights.

Nocturne: a work of art dealing with evening or night.

The zodiac: the 12 signs listed in a horoscope, closely tied to how the Earth moves through the heavens. The signs are derived from the constellations that mark out the path on which the sun appears to travel over the course of a year.

Astrology: the forecasting of earthly and human events through the observation and interpretation of the fixed stars, the Sun, the Moon, and the planets.

Artists are invited to submit a work exploring their relationship with the heavens through an understanding of their astrological signs or a work celebrating the Summer Solstice through a nocturnal subject or some combination of the two. The show Solstice considers the Earth’s movement through the heavens as we approach the longest day of the year. Inspired by astrology, signs of the zodiac, or exploration of “nocturne” – scenes evocative of night or twilight.

Our goal is to exhibit a thematically connected group of works without restriction of size or medium. Interpretation is intentionally broad to make the project accessible to everyone – the sky’s the limit!

Works will be collected in May for exhibition in June, with full details to follow closer to that time. We hope that you will share digital images of your work, as well as details of your process to be shared on the PCAFA Website and in the Members’ Newsletter. Images (and questions) may be sent to Phil Hodges at Details will be made available on the PCAFA website. Please “drop us a line” expressing interest to be included in direct mailings of information related to the project.

New Information, April 6, 2022

The show will open June 2nd and remain hung through June 12th. Finished works must be ready for display (hooks and/or wired for hung work) and drop off at the end of May. Final details will be provided closer to the date. Artists are invited to submit one piece of work of any size, in any medium. Details of the theme can be found below.

We will be able to process sales on-site, but it is not a requirement that work be available for sale.

We will be placing a call for volunteers to help staff the show in the coming weeks. The number of days that we will be able to open will depend on response to that call.

Opportunity to paint on site

In addition to being a great space, in a great location, the DeGarthe Garage is large enough that we will be able to offer participating artists an opportunity to work on site during the run of the show. Views of the Cove are good both inside and in front of the building. We may be able to accommodate one or two artists each day depending on interest. Please let us know if you would like to participate in our “mini-daily-artist-residency” as soon as possible.

The link below includes notes on each of the twelve Astrological signs including approximate dates and keywords describing traits particular to each sign, any of which may become possible points of departure for your work.