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Inspired by Blue

"If you see a tree as blue, then make it blue"   Paul Gaugin

Juried Open Call


Blue represents the sky and the sea and is associated with calmness and relaxation, tranquility and stability.  Paradoxically, blue is also associated with coldness, sadness and melancholy, as in "singing the blues." It is the favorite color of both men and women and is said to represent a deep need for personal inner peace and truth. Gallery 40 is seeking artwork inspired by the spirit of Gauguin: “If you see a tree as blue, then make it blue.”  This exhibit is a pure call to imagination and distinctive style with a twist of blue.


This call is limited to 2-dimensional artwork. 

Location: 40 Cannon Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 

Show Dates: December 8, 2023- January 27, 2024

Awards:(1) $100 Juror’s Best in Show, (1) $100 People's Choice (voted by visitors to the gallery during the opening reception)

Opening Reception: Saturday December 8 2023, 5:00 to 7:00pm

Submission Deadline: November 8 2023, 6pm EST

Entries received after this date will not be accepted.

Artwork should be submitted digitally via with all required and pertinent information included.

Acceptance Notification: November 21, 2023 via email 



Open Call: Artists 18 years and older living in the United States are invited to submit up to four works of original fine art for juror consideration.

All  2-dimensional artwork will be considered.

Work must be for sale.

Work must be original artwork (no reproduction prints, example: a giclee of a watercolor) 

Work must be submitted by the artist.

Works on paper require to be behind glass or plexi.

Work must not have been previously exhibited at Gallery 40.

Work must be professionally presented: wired and ready to hang. Hangers such as velcro or sawtooth hangers may disqualify work from being included.  The gallery reserves the right to reject works that are not ready to hang or differ from the digital representation submitted. 


Size: The maximum (framed) width is 48 inches, maximum height is 48 inches.

Work must be 2-dimensional wall art - We are not accepting 3-d work and video for this show.

Work must be hand delivered. All works must be clearly labeled with the artist name somewhere on the piece. Orientation of artwork should be indicated if not obvious.


Submission  Fee: A  $25.00 entry fee for 2 artwork. $5 will be collected at time of submission per each additional piece for up to 4 entries total by Credit Card payment through Paypal only. You do not need to have a PayPal account to pay through PayPal.


Juror of Selection: Sarah Fortner Pierson 

Sarah Fortner Pierson grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and received a Bachelor's degree in Art Practice from UC Berkeley.  She moved to New York City in 2001 to join Hunter College's Master of Fine Art program.  Pierson currently resides in Orange County, New York where she founded the Washingtonville Artist Collective in 2014.  She is also an active member of the Goshen Art League and Orange County Arts Council and is the Executive Director of the Wallkill River Center for the Arts, a non-profit art gallery and art school in Montgomery, New York.


All works in the exhibit must be for sale. Gallery 40 will retain a 30% commission on all sales. Retail sale price is determined by the artist.

All artwork will be hung in the gallery’s physical space, will be posted on an online web gallery, and will be displayed in a video presentation of the work on social media.


Promotion: A digital promotional postcard will be supplied by the gallery for all participants to use for promotional purposes. Gallery 40 will promote the exhibition via online and print media through press releases and online event scheduling. The show will also be promoted through the gallery’s social media and email accounts.


Delivery of Artwork by hand: Gallery 40, 40 Cannon Street, Poughkeepsie, NY, on Tuesday December 5 10:30-2pm or by appointment.


Pick-Up of Artwork: Pick-up date is Sunday January 28 2024 10:30-2pm or by appointment. Unless prior arrangements have been made, artwork left 14 days after the pick-up date will be charged a $5.00 per day storage fee. Any item left longer than 90 days after the last pick-up date will be forfeited by the owner and considered property of Gallery 40 to dispose of as it sees best.


Liability: Gallery 40 will not be responsible individually or collectively for damage or loss, regardless of the cause, to any artwork submitted under this agreement for exhibition and/or sale at Gallery 40. Artist releases Gallery 40 from all liability with respect to loss or damage to the artist’s works of art. It is suggested that artists carry their own insurance. Artists give permission for their work to be photographed for promotional purposes and do not hold the gallery responsible for any unauthorized photography.   

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Hallway @ Mercat Cafe'

Fill out this form to submit for exhibition consideration at Hallway @ Mercat Cafe' located at the entrance of Mercat by 1915 Coffee at 40 Cannon St. The Hallway @ Mercat Cafe' is managed and curated by Gallery 40. Only two dimensional artwork will be accepted to be displayed in the Hallway @ Mercat Cafe'. Examples of mediums for exhibitions include but it is not limited to: painting, drawing, pastels, printmaking, relief paintings, photography, encaustics, etc. All artwork must be of a tasteful subject manner befit for a public business space. 

For Any Questions/Inquiries: Please email Gallery 40 at

Deadline: The call will be open till all dates have been booked to capacity.   

Each exhibition will run in 2 month intervals (see form for selection of month choices), and will be comprised of 3 artists during one exhibition at a time. Each artist will be able to use approximately 16' of wall space for relatively priced 2D artworks. The exhibition usually starts in the middle of the month.

Submitting an exhibition proposal is not a guarantee of booking your desired exhibition dates. In the event that the current year calendar becomes fully booked, the applicant will be given the option of taking available dates for the following year Exhibition Calendar.

Artist Fee/Payments: A one time Artist Fee of $25 will be due before the time of Installation. Once accepted, an online invoice will be sent to be paid before installation. It is at the discretion of the Gallery Director to approve or deny any artwork/collection for any reason. Artists with an unpaid Artist Fee will be removed for the exhibition's roster.

Accepted Payment Forms: Cash/Check/Paypal/All Major Credit Cards 

Cancellations: In the event of a cancellation, Gallery 40 will need to be notified at least ONE WEEK before scheduled installation for exhibition for a full refund of their fee payment.  

Sales/Commission Rates: Gallery 40 will handle sales for all artwork and other items being displayed during exhibitions, and will collect and pay sales tax and cover all credit card fees. 

Exhibition Commission Rate: 30% to Gallery/70% to Artists. At the end of each exhibition, all artists will receive their 70% commission rate in the form of a check or electronic payment (PayPal).

Gallery Hours: The exhibition will be open during Mercat and 1915 Wine Cellar regular business hours. 

Gallery 40 will not organize an opening reception for the Hallway @ Mercat Cafe' exhibition, but artists are welcome to have a private reception, group of people, a coffee talk etc etc. Please contact Gallery 40 if you would like to use the gallery space to avoid calendar conflict or we you can reach out to Mercat by 1915 coffee directly. 

Liability: Gallery 40 will not be responsible for damaged or lost artwork, regardless of the cause to artwork submitted under this agreement. 

Exhibition Installation/De-installation: Work must be professionally presented and ready to hang  (No sawtooth hangers, and no unframed paper and fabric works will be accepted). Scheduling dates for installation and de-installations will be discussed between the Artists and the Gallery curator via Email.

Gallery 40 will use one image of the artwork and a link to the artist social media to populate the website.

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