BOONTON — Boonton Arts is inviting residents to become a part of an exciting public art project. Dog Days of Summer is a unique opportunity for artists to use their talents for the benefit of the community, animals in need, and the arts. Sponsors supply the dog or cat and you provide the idea, transforming a blank dog or cat form into a work of art. The finished sculptures will grace the town of Boonton from May through September 2019 and will be available for adoption at Boonton Arts’ Etsy store.
This call to artists is open to artists of any level. All approved submissions will be available for sponsorship at the Dog Days of Summer Sponsorship Reception taking place February 6 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Speakeasy Art Gallery.
Following the sponsorship reception, the Dog Days of Summer committee then narrow down the submissions that will we will continue to seek sponsorship for on Etsy. Submitting a design for this project does not guarantee that you will get to participate in making a 3D sculpture, your design must be sponsored first. Boonton Arts will do our best to get your design sponsored, but seeking sponsorship on your own is certainly encouraged.
Download the appropriate Artist’s Packet here:
The dogs and cats can be sponsored beginning at our sponsorship reception and showcase taking place February 6 at Speakeasy Art Gallery and online at Boonton Arts’ Etsy store. Once sponsored, the artists who created the design will be contacted and pick up their blank dog or cat to begin work. The completed dogs and cats must be dropped off at Speakeasy Art Gallery Thursdays through Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or by appointment no later than April 13, 2019.
Outdoor sculptures require time to be clear-coated and photographed, therefore finished sculptures must be dropped off by the deadline.
When the dogs and cats are completed and unveiled on May 3, they will attract viewers from all over the county and beyond. For the duration of the summer, the dogs and cats are available at Boonton Art’s Etsy store for a donation benefiting the NorthStar Pet Rescue, Boonton Arts, local schools and artists. Any sculptures that are not purchased by the end of the summer are then auctioned at the Boonton Arts Dog Days of Summer Art Auction & Closing Reception in October. One-third of the donation for adopted dogs will be paid to the artist.
In the case of student designs, one-third of the donation for adopted dogs will go to the school that they attend.
February 9, 2019 – Artist Concept Drawing and Registration Due
February 13, 2019 – Sponsor Party & Artist’s Reception
February 15, 2019 – Finalists Announced and Distribution of Blank Forms
April 13, 2019 – Last Day for Dog/Cat Drop Off
May 3, 2019 – Dog Days of Summer 2019 Opening Reception