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Gallery Mandate

Sharing Art for the Beautification of Our World. This is a safe place to offer your works for sale, to have a meaningful dialogue with others about how you want to make the world a better place through your art. As long as the work meets the criteria listed below we will endeavor to include it as part of a group or solo show. This Gallery practices inclusiveness, and welcomes all artists of all ages, all races, all economic background, all sexual orientation and all religion who desire to make and show their art. The Curator will endeavor to make the shows connect with the messages in the Services for the months they are being shown.

Curator Biography

Lauren McKinley Renzetti is proud to be part of Neighbourhood as the curator for Neighbourhood GalleryWest and East. Lauren moves into this roll with over 30 years experience as practicing Artist and Art Instructor. In the larger Ontario Community Lauren teaches at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Seneca College, Boomerang on line, ARTiculations and runs an artists retreat in August at Unicamp. She is a long time Unicamper currently the Artist in Residence. Lauren is an active member of Neighbourhood volunteers in any creative capacity needed. The installation in the sacred space pictured below is an ongoing project to foster beauty and community through art building.

If you are interested in her other rolls her web site has information on her art and teaching practices below. 

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Curatorial Statement

Making is Important. For many artists this is enough. Showing what you make is risky, time consuming, expensive and difficult. Artists make from themselves and to expose their inner most ideas to the world can be scary. The Gallery scene in the big wide world is fickle and discourages artists with its myriad of obstacles with usually little pay back. As an artist and a teacher, Lauren knows this trial first hand and wants to change the system one or in this case two Galleries at a time. Neighbourhood Gallery believes in inclusiveness, acceptance and encouragement. It is a safe space to show artists who may be new, or equally frustrated with a larger system that bruises the artist’s ego unrelentingly. All are welcome to apply and view the work.

Submission Guidelines

For Your Success…. Please follow the below guidelines carefully:
1. Email submission to Curator: Lauren McKinley Renzetti, in subject header “NUUC gallery submission”

2. Send an artist’s statement about the work to be shown, a short paragraph

3. Resume and or Biography, 1 page max.

4. Images: no more than 10 jpegs, once selected more may be needed for the curatorial aspect. If
you have a web site with works please be clear which works or series are available as well as images sent.

5. Submit a list of works with title, media, size and price if for sale or NFS (not for sale). This
aspect is critical for label making by Lauren.

6. Dates of shows: are generally two months in length and run from first Sunday of month one to
last Sunday of month two. If you do have a preference please mention when is best or worst.

7. Art Work: 2d only. Should be framed or matted with wire on back, 2” down from top, on the back
of each work, (must be able to hang off of an S hook) labeled for clarity on the back. Work 
cannot/will not be shown otherwise.

8. Installation: Shows are installed before service (Sunday 930-1030am). Opening receptions
happen on that same day: the first Sunday of the month from 12-130pm, Removal: work gets
taken down on the last Sunday of the second month after service is over (Sunday at noon). If
you are not a member of NUUC and Sundays are not good days, other arrangements are unfortunately not usually available.

What is deemed “Acceptable” Art at Neighbourhood?

1. Art must be within our value system of the 7 principles, this is a sacred space, be mindful

2. Art must be aware of audience, be age aware, can your work be seen by all age groups, as young
as 3 years and all walks of life

3. Art work should be with proper hanging systems on the back of each work. Must be able to be
hung from an S hook- chain hanging system. A wire needs to be attached 2” down from the top
of piece. Also Labeled for clarity on the back.

4. Art is Presented in a professional manner, not necessarily in a frame but that is ideal, the edges of
stretched canvases should be finished. Presentation is important.

5. Art is subjective and given to interpretation, there is no ugly, all tastes are different and a wide
variety of subject matter, ideas and images can be shown in this space. If all other criteria is
met above and no other work is brought forward the curator may choose to have blank walls
but would rather encourage new, untried artists to give them an opportunity.

6. This Gallery practices inclusiveness, and welcomes all artists of all ages, all races, all economic
background, all sexual orientation and all religion who desire to make and show their art
provided it meets above criteria.

Gallery Specific Questions & Submissions

Send to Curator Lauren McKinley Renzetti: