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Spectrum: Ode To Color Prospectus

On view: Sunday, April 18 – Thursday, May 15, 2021

View the exhibit color worlds & selected artwork


This Spring the Carriage Barn Arts Center, home to the New Canaan Society for the Arts will host the 2021 Spectrum Contemporary Art Show.   Spectrum is a juried exhibition of original, contemporary artwork by local and regional artists, and invites submissions in all media.  All entries must have been created within the past two years and not previously exhibited at the Carriage Barn.  

Guest Juror and internationally renowned textile designer Lori Weitzner, is reviewing original works in all media that celebrate and explore COLOR.  Artwork of all sizes and mediums, incorporating limited or varied palettes of warm, cool, neutral or metallic colors are welcome.  Works selected for the Ode To Color exhibit will take viewers on an immersive, sensual and engaging journey into the world of color as it applies to art, culture, design, mood, and memory. 


“Color speaks to our senses on an emotional level. It influences our moods, conjures associations, evokes memories, decorates our lives and simply speaks to who we are.  Color is always at the foundation of my creations.  It is the initial inspiration for all my designs and the guiding star throughout the design process.  I have very particular notions of colors, their characters and impact and associations, both alone and in groups.”     — Lori Weitzner


Artists are encouraged to explore Lori’s ten COLOR WORLDS and share their own palettes, explorations, associations and personal “ode to color.”  These will be included in an immersive and possibly interactive color wall in the gallery.  


SPECTRUM Member Entry Form
SPECTRUM Non-Member Entry Form

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Deadline: Wednesday, March 17, 2021 (at midnight)

Notification (by email, selections on our website): April 1, 2021

Drop off:  Sunday, April 11 between 10am-Noon & Monday, April 12 between 10am-1pm

Opening Day: Sunday, April 18, 1-5pm

Closes: Saturday May 15, 2021

Pickup: TBD 


– Spectrum is a juried exhibition of original, contemporary artwork by local and regional artists, and invites submissions in all media.  All entries must have been created within the past two years and not have been previously exhibited at the Carriage Barn.
– Work delivered to the gallery must be installation-ready. All two-dimensional works and wall sculptures must be wired or cleated with a beveled edge on the cleat for hanging. We use the Walker hanging system (nails and screws are not drilled into the walls). Saw tooth hangers and small wire loops on the back of inexpensive frames are not acceptable along with scratched glass or plexi-glass. We reserve the right to reject any work whose presentation is sub-standard. 
– Work must remain on exhibit for the entire show. Following the pickup dates after the close of the show, there will be storage charge of $10/day for any work left at the gallery.  
– Sculpture must be delivered fully assembled and presented in a permanent, non-fragile medium. The gallery has a limited number of pedestals. Artists might need to provide pedestals.  


We encourage exhibitors to enter works that are for sale. For any works sold, artists receive 65% of the sale price before tax. The Carriage Barn Arts Center and New Canaan Society for the Arts retains the remaining 35% as a transaction fee. While the New Canaan Society for the Arts [NCSA] supports exhibitors who are seeking to sell their work by putting prospective buyers in touch with member artists, the determination of value and other terms of a sale remain a matter between the artist and the prospective buyer throughout the sale process.


While all care will be taken while art is being exhibited in any NCSA sponsored exhibition, NCSA assumes no responsibility for any damage to the artwork during delivery, installation, and de-installation including, by way of example but not limitation, normal wear and tear, such as minor nicks to frames or scratches to Plexiglas. NCSA will not be liable for work not claimed after specified pick-up dates and times.

As a condition for exhibiting work in any NCSA exhibition, the exhibiting artist acknowledges by executing this agreement that NCSA assumes no responsibility for theft or other catastrophic loss beyond the applicable limits of NCSA’s insurance coverage. Except to the extent set forth in a separate written agreement signed by both the Exhibitor and NCSA, and subject to applicable deductions, insurance coverage cannot exceed 50% of the market value of any particular item, with the understanding that the exhibitor’s requested price may not be determinative with regard to market value for insurance purposes.


ABOUT the Juror:
Lori Weitzner, principal and creative director of Lori Weitzner Designs, Inc., is internationally known for her contributions to the world of textiles.  She has translated her signature aesthetic and sophisticated color sense into a global business producing innovative textiles and wall coverings for more than thirty years.  Her work is in the permanent collection of the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, La Musée des Arts Décoratifs, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.  The recipient of more than twenty-five prestigious design awards, her work is featured regularly in the media, including Elle Decor, Architectural Digest and the New York Times.  She lives in New York City.  

Lori is also author of Ode to Color: The Ten Essential Palettes for Living and Design, released by Harper Collins in December 2016.  In it, she presents ten distinct color worlds through an intimate and often kaleidoscopic perspective, a compilation of the numerous—and often shifting—associations and emotions we assign to a color or group of colors.  Each chapter combines diverse imagery—evocative fine art and photography, environmental interiors, details of Weitzner’s gorgeous designs as well as her sketches and watercolors—with excerpts from literature and her own essays on a wide array of topics relating to the palette. 

Color has a huge impact upon our decision making, our moods, and our tastes and Ode to Color beautifully illustrates how to use these color worlds as a tool to enhance our lives.  Graphic and fine artists, interior designers and decorators, architects, and anyone interested in art, design, fashion, pop culture, and spiritual discovery will find inspiration in this book.


ABOUT the New Canaan Society for the Arts:
The mission of the New Canaan Society for the Arts is to promote the visual and performing arts, to enrich the community through exhibitions, education, and cultural experiences, and to operate the Carriage Barn Arts Center. The Carriage Barn Arts Center offers artists opportunities to exhibit their work in an exceptional gallery space in a unique nineteenth-century stone barn. The gallery is open to the public during exhibits on Wednesday – Saturday from 10am-3pm and Sundays from 1-5pm.  Admissions is free, donations are appreciated.