Open Call for Artists! Canvases Now Available for the Door County 2010 Community Mosaic Project

The Hardy Gallery is excited to announce that canvases are now available for the 2010 Community Mosaic Project, an innovative community art project involving the creation of 300-plus small works of art in nearly every medium imaginable.

Canvases are available for pick-up at the Artists Guild, LLC, located at 117 N. Third Avenue, Sturgeon Bay during normal business hours, which are Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 6 pm, and Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm.


Created by the non-profit Hardy Gallery in 2008, the event is a community outreach project as well as a fundraiser and was developed as a means to help raise awareness of the arts and to make them accessible for every member of our community. The display, hung in tandem with the annual Collection Invitational Exhibition, consists of a large-scale mosaic constructed of 300-plus 6-inch by 6-inch canvases. The Hardy will provide interested individuals with one 6-inch by 6-inch blank canvas to create a work of art. There are no restrictions regarding subject matter or the kinds of materials one can use to make the art, except that it must be appropriate for display at the gallery, created using the canvas supplied and must not exceed the 6-inch by 6-inch dimension.

In addition, the Hardy asks that participants complete an Artist Statement Form that will accompany the finished piece. This form will be distributed with the canvas but will also be available on the Hardy Gallery’s website under the “Downloads” tab. A Participation Agreement must also be filled out prior to receiving a canvas for the project. Participation Agreements are available at the Artists Guild, the Hardy Gallery office in Ephraim and the Mill Road Gallery in Sister Bay. Canvases are due back to the Hardy Gallery Monday, June 28 by 5 pm.

“The project provides the perfect platform to build awareness of the visual arts to both new and existing audiences,” says Elizabeth Meissner-Gigstead, executive director. “The excitement and enthusiasm surrounding last year’s event far exceeded our expectations. We had an array of incredible little artworks and, since the project also provides funds through the sale of the works, it was a super affordable way for patrons to support our organization.”

The Hardy is pleased to announce that Artists Guild, LLC is the Presenting Sponsor of the 2010 Community Mosaic Project. Artists Guild, LLC, is Door County’s source for fine art supplies and custom framing. As a Windsor & Newton Premier Art Centre, Artists Guild strives to meet the needs of both recreational and professional artists, carrying a wide range of products for the beginner as well as the experienced.

In addition to the Artists Guild, canvases will also be available in late April at both the Hardy Gallery Office, located in the Ephraim Historical Foundation Svalhus (the Svalhus is a small log cabin that is located adjacent to the Foundation at 3065 Anderson Lane, Ephraim), and at Mill Road Gallery, located at 2328 Mill Road in Sister Bay. The Hardy Gallery will be open 9 am – 5 pm, Monday through Friday.

Anyone who is interested in obtaining a canvas for or has any additional questions about the 2010 Community Mosaic Project is encouraged to call the Hardy Gallery office at 920.854.2210 or email

The Hardy Gallery is a non-profit arts organization enriching the vibrancy of the Door County community by promoting and fostering local art. The gallery is located on Ephraim’s historic Anderson Dock and is open daily from mid-May through mid-October. For more information about the Hardy, please call 920.854.2210 or visit

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