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Call for Submissions: Trees

Call for Submissions - Trees

August 30 – October 8, 2019

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 6-8pm


“The average tree grows its branches out until it encounters the branch tips of a neighbouring tree of the same height. It doesn’t grow any wider because the air and better light in this space are already taken. However, it heavily reinforces the branches it has extended, so you get the impression that there’s quite a shoving match going on up there. But a pair of true friends is careful right from the outset not to grow overly thick branches in each other’s direction. The trees don’t want to take anything away from each other, and so they develop sturdy branches only at the outer edges of their crowns, that is to say, only in the direction of “non-friends”. Such partners are often so tightly connected at the roots that sometimes they even die together.”[1]

Peter Wohlleben wrote The Hidden Life of Trees in 2015. A passionate forester and author, Wohlleben currently runs an environmentally friendly woodland in Germany where he works for the return of primeval forests. The Hidden Life of Trees has since become an international bestseller, packed with scientific fact and fascinating detail regarding trees; how they grow, age, track time, and even communicate.

Using this quote as the inspiration for our exhibition, we invite artists to submit a portfolio of up to three (3) artworks for consideration in the exhibition. The submissions will be reviewed by our selection committee to ensure the submission and artist’s work is related to the theme.

Colborne Street Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary art, including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, fibre and mixed media arts. Our exhibition programming includes local artists from the Kawartha’s and surrounding area, as well as other Canadian and international emerging, mid-career, and established artists. Located in downtown Fenelon Falls, the gallery also hosts artist talks, workshops and other special events that engage and support the local community.

Should you have any questions, please contact Darcie Kennedy directly at

Tim, Chris, Darcie & Kevin
The Colborne Street Gallery Team

Important Deadlines

Friday, August 16, 2019, 4pm (EST). Completed applications due, including:
- Artwork images
- Artwork information
- Artist info, bio, CV, statement

Monday, August 19, 2019, 4pm (EST). Confirmation of Participation. Email will be sent.

Monday August 26 – Tuesday, August 27, 2019, 10am-4pm (EST, daily). Work arrives to the gallery wrapped and ready to hang

Friday, August 30 – Tuesday, October 8, 2019. Exhibition on view.

Thursday, September 12, 2019, 6-8pm. Opening Reception.

Thursday, October 10 – Friday, October 11, 2019, 10am-4pm (EST, daily). Work to be picked-up from the gallery.

Exhibition Guidelines

  • All artwork must be original, handmade work.

  • Mediums can include painting, drawing, photography, print, sculpture, fibre, metal, and mixed media art.

  • Dimensions of all sizes will be considered. Please note the gallery doors measure 82 x 40 inches.

  • Artists are responsible for the delivery and pick up of their work to and from the gallery.

  • All work must arrive to the gallery wrapped and protected. Should you choose not to wrap your work, please be aware that unwrapped work is at risk of damage.

  • All work must arrive to the gallery ready to hang. If not, the gallery cannot guarantee the work will be displayed. For example, paintings must have D-rings or a wire firmly secured.

  • Artworks must be for sale. Part of the mandate for this show is to offer those who live in and visit our community, access to original artwork. Trees will allow visitors to access artwork in their own community while supporting artists and the creative economy in Fenelon Falls.

  • Colborne Street Gallery does take a commission of 50% on all sales.

  • Works submitted to the exhibition must be installed for the entire exhibition period unless prior arrangements are agreed to with the Managing Director in writing, or in the event of a sale.

  • Once artwork has been received at the gallery, it is insured under the gallery policy.

  • By submitting your portfolio of information and images, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to the Exhibition Guidelines.


Submission Information

  • Artist name, mailing address, email address, phone number, artist website.

  • Image List (each work must include: title, date, year, medium, size, price). For example: John Blaze, Winter Landscape, 2017, oil on canvas, 10 x 10 inches, 12 x 12 inches framed, $200

  • Images of artwork (each labelled with your name and title of the work, for example, JBlaze_WinterLandscape.jpg

  • Artist Bio

  • Artist CV

  • Artist website

  • Artist Statement, 50 words max. (optional)

Artist bio, CV, statement, and website are all important parts of the application. Although, the statement is optional, it is incredibly helpful for the gallery to have this information as we use it to promote the exhibition and speak to clients about you and your work.

Please ensure your application package is complete and all requested information is included. The gallery must have complete information regarding artists and work.

Applications that do not follow the submission instructions will automatically be removed from consideration. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Please email your completed portfolio to

Your submission should not exceed 2MB.

[1] Peter Wohlleben, The Secret Life of Trees, (Germany: Random House, 2016), 5.

Earlier Event: August 30
Catharine Somerville
Later Event: August 31
Kawartha Arts Festival