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Art Show: Works of Steinbeck

Prospectus and Entry Instructions

Exhibit Entries accepted from 4/15/2006 to 5/31/2006.

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Please note: This show is only open to juried members of EBSQ Plus. There is a 3-piece per artist entry limit. Also, there is a $7 fee per entry, PayPal-able to with "Steinbeck" in the subject heading. The winners selected by the juror split the kitty.

John Steinbeck is one of the great American writers. His work is uniquely about American experiences. His stories are full rich characters, sweeping landscapes and situations that impact the psyche. He wrote about and presented to the world, the America of his era.

For this show, please draw upon the work of John Steinbeck for you inspiration. Entries do not have to be taken directly from his work, but must relate to his work in some way. This relation should be fairly obvious and should not be a reach. A copper disc alone can not represent the sun over the Salinas Valley. A copper disc combined with a representation of the landscape, can. A this is not a media specific show, please feel free to explore this subject in the media you feel best communicates your vision.

A bibliography of Steinbeck's work can be found here.

As always a statement is required. Please include in your statement information on what work(s) you drew from, what your piece represents and what made you choose your subject . Details regarding the materials, process, must be included. As texture or other small elements may be pivotal to the piece, detail shots are strongly encouraged. All points of the prospectus need to be met. If you have any questions regarding the prospectus and its requirements, please send them to

This is a Juried Show

Juror: Amie Gillingham

Juror's Statement

This show was truly a challenge to jury. All of the work entered was exceptional, and really took-off from the challenge issued by the prospectus. Any could easily be future covers of Steinbeck books as they embodied the ambience and the grit of his literature.

Ultimately, I went with the images that almost instantly spoke with me on a gut-level.

These are my editor's choice:

Both of Lisa Rough's pyrograph offerings from "To a God Unknown" were exceptional, but ultimately the self-titled "To a God Unknown" won me over as being evocative of both the individual book as well as Steinbeck's larger body of work. I also felt her artist statements really gave this work even greater depth and substance.

Caren Goodrich's "The Fat of the Land" really evoked a strong sense of “Steinbeckian” place, with all of the hope and possibility felt by so many of his characters.

Linda O'Neill's "The Red Pony" was simply a graphic standout; every single time I viewed the show, I was automatically drawn to this image with its rich colours and patterns.

My editor's mention pieces:

Like Lisa Rough, David Kellam Brown had two knock-out submissions. While I loved, "Another storm," I was particularly drawn to the colours in "Road to California." The light is simply perfect, capturing that golden hour for which cinematographers often break their budgets. I agree with Brown that this piece could easily epitomize a few of Steinbeck's works.

Sandra Willard's "Rose of Sharon" moved me graphically as an artist and thematically as a nursing mother. I feel she really captured the compassion that was so important to Steinbeck and illustrated this scene sensitively and beautifully.

Cynthia Gaub's "Tell abut the rabbits, George" was another visual standout. I feel her gorgeous fabric collage captures both the innocence and the imaginary quality of Lennie's rabbits.

I want to thank everyone who participated in this show. It was very hard to pick "winners" among such a strong body of work. Taken as a whole, it is easily among the strongest and most cohesive EBSQ juried shows to date!

About the Juror

Amie Gillingham: Executive Director, COO, & Co-owner, EBSQ

Amie got involved with EBSQ very early in its inception, when her husband Bill, in his infinite wisdom, suggested she try selling some of her artwork on eBay. She served on EBSQ’s first board of directors and helped reshape the look and feel of the site while keeping the community true to its mission to provide services and opportunities for artists who wished to present their own work to the public. Amie and Bill later bought the company from EBSQ founder John Seed and their lives have never been the same since!

Amie’s background includes studies in Art, Art History, and Film Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, as well as past experience working with and for various Pittsburgh galleries and interior designers.

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