le piccole cose – open call for artwork

le piccole cose is an annual show scheduled for the months of November and December intended to be more of a holiday market exhibition. Works featured in this show are small and are available for purchase at 100€ and under so that you can find something unique and artistic for your holiday shopping without breaking your wallet.

Open call to Artists

Artists in the Salerno area and those willing to ship to Italy are welcome to submit images of your works for consideration in the show. Space is limited and, if approved, your items can be received before the end of October or in early November.

Artists are responsible for shipping to the gallery and the return of unsold works after the show. We will reuse your packing material or containers in which you ship your works to return the unsold works at the end of the show.

Art work requirements:

  • Works are for sale and priced at 100€ or less which includes the gallery’s commission
  • Works are not larger than 50 x 50 cm (including frame)
  • Framed works should have a gallery wire on the back to be hung on our gallery hook system (not brackets!)
  • Matted works ready for framing need to be protected in a plastic sleeve to be placed in a flip bin or placed on an easel
  • 3D objects should include presentable packaging that fits your work for gift giving
  • No ceramics, sorry. Vietri has plenty of ceramics shops and we are showing other kinds of art.
  • Works are labeled with: Artist’s name, artwork title, year of production, and medium. Include separately your artist’s bio (in English or Italian), a link to your website or social media page for your art, and a price list for the items submitted.

Our gallery guidelines:

Upon acceptance to our show, we will…

  • promote your work on our social media pages to an international audience
  • include an artist’s bio page on our website with links to your website or social media pages
  • not charge an exhibition fee
  • give a generous commission to the artist for works sold (most galleries split 50/50, but we give more back to our artists!)
  • give our clients the option to purchase remotely and have works shipped to them
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Celebration of Friends

For the grand opening of the SM gallery I wanted to give a special thanks to some of the creative friends who have supported and encouraged me since arriving to Italy, particularly in Vietri sul Mare where I now call home. It is because of my friends and family, near and far, who have made this new chapter in my life and career possible.

There’s been a lot of work happening in the past 3 weeks or so since signing the rental contract and we are seeing a lot of progress. However, there are still many little things to finish and an opening on September 1st as I originally was aiming for is not possible. So, I’ve decided to change our official opening reception date to coincide with a visit from a special friend from the United States who has been one of my biggest cheerleaders since attending art school. Stop by to say hello and see our first exhibition.

The Celebration of Friends show will feature works from some of my local creative friends and myself. Several of my friends here regularly work in ceramics, but as I want to show a different side of what they can do, this show will feature illustrations, paintings, photography, etc. depending on their other talents.

Where and when

Join me at via Scialli, 75 in Vietri sul Mare for our grand opening and reception of the show on September 16, 2018 at 8pm. The exhibition will run through the end of October.

Coming up for the next exhibition

Don’t miss the November and December’s show! le piccole cose (the little things), is planned to be an annual event. Works featured in this show will be small and under a certain price point which are perfect for finding unique and artistic gifts for the holiday season.

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new opening – September 2018

After a series of recent events and continued support from family and close friends I’m proud to announce that a long time desire is finally coming to light…

img_0796Beginning September 1, 2018 the SM gallery will open a shop in the historic center of Vietri sul Mare. Working beside me will be my friend, Ania, who will serve as shop assistant manager when I am teaching or am with tour clients for my other business, Inspiration Trips.

SM gallery will be a bottega (artisan workshop) and small gallery to feature artwork from artists working in mediums other than ceramics (unless it’s our items from the bottega or reclaimed pieces from the beach). Vietri is well known for its ceramics tradition, however we wish to offer something a little different as we recognize there are many talented creatives in the area working in mediums other than ceramics.

I’ve often thought that an art gallery was something that was missing here in Vietri. The other famous Amalfi Coast villages such as Positano, Ravello, and Amalfi all have them, but not in Vietri as everyone here is showing their ceramic works. Apparently there hasn’t been an art gallery in the village for many years as I recently learned. Having acquired experience many years ago when working at the Savannah College of Art & Design, I still remember fondly that this was a job I really enjoyed and still feel a little regret from having walked away from it, though not too much as I realize I may not be here in Italy living out another dream as I am today.

Art shows at the SM gallery will run for approximately two months so there is always something new to see and will feature a variety of local, young, foreign, and/or student artists. Recalling my gallery days from SCAD I plan to organize two annual shows similar to what I managed long ago – in particularly one that features the works of students graduating from local art-focused high schools in a juried exhibition.

In the workspace we will also conduct small workshops and creative classes. A central theme to all of my efforts are to support creativity and encourage others to follow their passions, even if that means doing it on the side instead of as the center of your career.

Stay tuned for more information as our progress develops. There’s a lot of work to be done over the next month to prepare the space for a September 1st opening!