The 2016 awards are generously sponsored by Chemical Bank of Middleville.

Attention all Barry County artists!

Together the Thornapple Arts Council and Historic Charlton Park are hosting a juried exhibition of artists from Barry County to be on display at Charlton Park in the Irving D. Charlton Memorial Museum building in the Fall of 2016.  Deadline to apply is August 31, 2016.


All artists residing in Barry County. Only original work of the artist’s own design completed in the last two years should be entered. Digital media, 2-D, and 3-D works in any medium will be accepted. Work may not exceed six feet (72″) in any dimension. Work must be available the entire duration of the exhibition and may not be delivered late or released early. The Thornapple Arts Council and Historic Charlton Park reserves the right to refuse any work that is inappropriate, framed inadequately, or misrepresented by entry image.

Condition of Entries

All works to be wall-hung must be fully prepared for hanging with proper hanging devices (“D”-rings and/or wires). Please note “top” where necessary. Artists are responsible for insuring their own work.  If accepted, artists are responsible for the delivery and pick-up of their work prior to and after the exhibition.


The fee is $10 per submission with a maximum of 3 submissions per artist. Cash, Checks (made out to the Thornapple Arts Council) and credit card will be accepted. Payment must be received before your application will be considered

Fill out the form below to submit your works. Images must be included with the application. The Thornapple Arts Council and Historic Charlton Park reserve the right to refused or dismiss any work from the exhibition as they deem necessary.

About the Juror

Autumn Weave

Autumn Weave


Ellenina Harris is a newcomer to Barry County, and is now living in the Hastings area.  She spent most of her childhood years living in Southfield, Michigan; but has benefited creatively from living in several different states. She works as an Instructional Design consultant and online course developer utilizing her skills in graphic design and process analysis.

Her schedule as a consultant allows her to pursue her passion for art. Ellenina began working in mixed media and fiber in 2000 and attended the Academy of Art in San Francisco as a printmaking major. In 2006, she began teaching art quilting and mixed media workshops and classes which contributed to her growth as an artist and allowed her to share her passion for creativity.

Ellenina joined the Studio Channel Islands Art Center in Camarillo, California as an Artist in Residence in 2008 to focus more on her art.  Ellenina has enjoyed having her work shown in a number of juried exhibits on the West Coast, including At the Cutting Edge: Contemporary Fabric Art at the Ventura County Museum of Art, Art of the Book III at the Ventura Artists’ Union Gallery, and Natural Selection an exhibit of nature-inspired art at Gallery 360 in Vancouver, Washington.

She looks forward to being a part of the art community in Barry County and is now a member of the Thornapple Arts Council Program Committee.

Important Dates:

Registration: Aug 1 – Aug 31, 2016
Jury Selection: Week of Sept 5th
Artists Notified: Sept 12, 2016
Art delivery dates: 9 am – 4 pm on Thursday, Sept 15th, Monday, Sept 19, and Tuesday, Sept 20 ***All work must be delivered to the Thornapple Arts Council (231 S. Broadway, Hastings) on those dates or otherwise arranged with Katherine at 269-945-2002.***
Artist Reception and Award Ceremony: September 29, 2016
Exhibition: Oct 3 – Dec 11th, 2016

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