[Studio Sitka] Call for Artists

Call for ARTWORK:
A Celebration of the Italian Spirit
The lifelong theme of Michéal Castaldo’s career is the expansion of Italian culture around the world. To continue that quest, Mr. Castaldo has organized a special showcase of art to exalt the glories of Italy and her people.
The selected artwork will be presented in the Grand Lobby of the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) in South Orange, New Jersey. The art show will accompany a double performance (2PM & 6:30PM) by Italian tenor/ songwriter/producer Michéal Castaldo on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. Expected attendance is 800.
The performance will include a modern Italian dance group and a string quartet. Stunning visuals of Italian landscapes will appear on a large projection screen. Artists everywhere are invited to submit one painting, drawing, montage or any other medium in two-dimensional format, no larger than 24? Å~ 18?. The artwork should be properly framed with all hanging materials already attached, though all work will be displayed on easels. A security guard will be hired to protect the artwork.
Artists should feel free to be as expansive and expressive as they like within this format, but all work must relate to the positive side of Italy and Italian culture in whatever form the artists devise.
Please email a high-resolution JPEG file of the work to Tamar Russell Brown at for review no later than 6 p.m. EST, Aug. 15, 2014.
Selected works must be shipped w/ tracking # no later than Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, to:
South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)
South Orange, NJ 07079
Attn: Mr. Raf Ricci c/o Mr. Michéal Castaldo
A nonrefundable $25.00 entry fee must accompany the artwork. (Make Check to Michéal Castaldo.) Most of these proceeds will be used to ship the work back to the artist (USA only) in the event that no bids are offered for the work. The artist mustvprovide his or her name, a complete return address, the title of the work, and a 100-word bio. Please also specify the dimensions, medium, and your wholesale base price of the work. Send this info, plus the tracking # of your package to
The work will be displayed in Silent Auction format. The starting bid price will be the artist’s wholesale base price, plus whatever our Board may decide to add. The monies received in excess of the starting price will be contributed to Michéal Castaldo’s La Dolce Vita Foundation. (See http://www.ladolcevitafoundation.org for moreinformation.) Naturally, should a buyer enter a bid, payment of the wholesale base price of the artist’s work will be mailed to her or him no later than 21 business days after the event.
Michéal Castaldo is a classical-crossover singer. He has discovered that his audience conforms to a certain demographic profile: His fans are usually affluent, educated, cultured professionals over 55, who are often well-traveled and speak several languages. 60% of his fans are female.
Tickets may be purchased at http://www.sopacnow.org/450/MichaelCastaldo For moreinformation about tickets ($37 – $57), please call SOPAC at 973-313-ARTS(2787).
For questions regarding this event contact: Tamar Russell Brown at 718.974.3328 or

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