CSAG presents The Vermont Salon, an open call show for artists of all levels

BELLOWS FALLS — Canal Street Art Gallery, 23 Canal Street, presents The Vermont Salon, a new open-call exhibition hung in the floor-to-ceiling Salon style.

The gallery brings this classical way of showing art into a contemporary time. The art show will be inclusive of all art, and the opportunity to exhibit is open to the public.

The Vermont Salon celebrates the abundance and diversity of art created by artists everyday.

It embraces some of the aesthetics and structures of the original salons, held by the Royal Academies of Art, in both France, beginning in 1648, and in England, beginning in 1768. One of the original goals of these large-scale Royal Academy Salons was to provide venues where emerging artists could show their work and garner patronage.

Traditional installations hang pieces closely together on the wall. The Salon, which was popular in the 19th century, offers a unique chance to view art from many more talented local and regional artists than a typical modern group show.

Artists of all career levels and experience, with or without formal training, are invited to exhibit their artwork.

Submissions are due by Monday, Aug. 29. There is no fee for submissions. Visit for all requirements and to complete artist registration, artwork submission, and email artwork images.

Artists may submit up to three works: one artwork with a maximum dimension in any direction of 36 inches, and two artworks with a maximum dimension in any direction of 12 inches. All measurements are for artwork only, not including framing.

A $35 exhibition fee for artists goes toward artwork cataloging, installation, and the gallery's extensive promotion and advertising package.

The Salon is opening Friday, Sept. 16, in the Gallery's new space as part of the 3rd Friday Gallery Night in Bellows Falls from 5 to 7 p.m., and will be on view to the public through Nov. 12. All gallery events are free and open to the public.

Canal Street Art Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, go to online, call 802-289-0104, or email [email protected].

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