Membership Opportunities

If you are an artist and are interested in membership and exhibiting in our cooperative gallery please read the following for more information.

  • We are a cooperative gallery and share the work of running our organization, maintaining our gallery building and grounds, and staffing the gallery from Memorial Day to Indigenous Peoples Day each year. 
  • Each exhibiting artist must sit 5-6 days during the season. We have a very good training program to get each artist up to speed on sitting and sales responsibilities.
  • Artists must commit to showing their work for the entire season. Artists should live in the Midcoast or a drivable distance of the Pemaquid  Peninsula.
  • Artwork must be framed or otherwise prepared for professional presentation. All work must be inventoried and labeled to gallery specifications.
  • The gallery receives a 25% commission from all sales. Artists receive a check in the mail for their net sales after the close of each month.
  • During the year there are occasional meetings of the general membership regarding operations and planning. In May there is also an orientation/clean-up day to prepare the gallery for opening and a hanging day to assist artists who might need help unloading and hanging their work.
  • During the season, there are artists receptions and other events which provide opportunities for the public to meet our artists. In the past we have held workshops, demonstrations, silent auctions and other events to raise funds for art in our local schools and other charitable contributions.
  • The gallery maintains an active webpage and a Facebook page. Each artist should submit a short statement and 6-12 jpeg images for their own “About the Artists" page on saltwaterartists.com. Our Facebook page lists gallery events and news and also information on artists, their work and shows where their work may be seen outside of Saltwater Artists.
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In order to apply to join our organization:

  • Apply for membership by emailing/snail mailing us (addresses in the sidebar) your contact information (name, address, telephone number and email address). There is an annual membership fee for all members.
  • In order to exhibit, your work must be juried by a committee of members. In addition to your contact information, please include a short statement about your art background, 5-6 examples of your work in jpg format and/or a link to your personal webpage, Art in America page or similar internet site. We like to see your actual artwork and may arrange to see it before making a decision. There is an annual hanging fee for exhibiting members.
  • Once the season has begun and exhibit space is allotted, we jury artists for the following year. After our Fall closing we jury for the following season based on returning membership. Depending on available space a newly jurored artist can be asked to join as a new showing member or can be put on a waiting list until exhibit space becomes available.

As a note, we are an organization that conducts much of our membership business by email, so an active email address is really a must.