Small artworks purpose to spice up arts councils | Leisure

Art councils, which serve the GLOW region with four counties, jointly present an exhibition in which artists are invited to create or donate pieces of art with a size of 4 x 4 inches.

The exhibition, titled “GLOW Art Councils’ 4×4,” will help the three Arts Councils fund marketing efforts in 2021 and beyond as the arts organizations and artists emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic that largely affects their galleries and fundraisers has closed.

The Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council, the Arts Council for Wyoming County, and the Genesee Valley Council for the Arts in Livingston County have launched a call to work asking artists from all backgrounds to donate 4 “by 4” works of art to the Exhibition. There are no restrictions on the age, location, or skill level of the artist.

GO ART! launched the 4×4 Art Show in 2018, in part to raise marketing dollars to raise awareness of the arts in the community.

Then came 2020 and the closure of galleries and the cancellation of exhibitions and performances.

Because dollars are difficult to come by, GO ART !, the ACWC and GVCA decided to work together on their marketing efforts. Since the “4×4” fundraiser was originally used in part for marketing, the directors of the arts councils decided that it would make sense to continue the fundraiser in this direction, but now include all of the GLOW region’s marketing efforts.

Artists can enter as many works of art as their heart desires and from any medium (2D or 3D). However, they must be 4 “by 4” and only signed on the back.

All artworks are exhibited online at www.goart.org/4×4 and sold to the public for $ 20 each, including shipping if applicable. Pieces can also be picked up from the local arts council to view the amazing artwork from their galleries.

For online exhibit, artist information, including artist name, title of the piece, and its format, is listed online with the piece.

All pieces are due by April 20th.

Artists who donate work should use the GO ART! Download and print. Website. The application, available at https://tinyurl.com/pe4b84jk, should be submitted with the piece.

Entries can be submitted on Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at GO ART !, 201 East Main St., Batavia. Genesee Valley Council on the Arts, 4 Murray HIll Drive, Mount Morris, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; or the Arts Council for Wyoming County, 31 South Main St., Perry, Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contributions may also be made to the ACWC, 31 South Main St., Perry, NY 14530.

For more information, contact the ACWC at (585) 237-3517.

The exhibition also features a live auction with special opening times. For more information, see the exhibition website at https://www.goart.org/4×4.

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Faux Japanese-style artworks present in circulation after probe

A number of counterfeit Japanese-style art prints by master painters circulated after an art dealer in western Japan was found to have sold 10 counterfeits, people familiar with the matter said Monday.

The Japanese Association of Contemporary Print Merchants said the 1950s-based and Osaka-based trader sold 10 counterfeit works based on the artists of Nihonga or Japanese traditional arts – Ikuo Hirayama, Kaii Higashiyama and Tamako Kataoka.

The photo shows a painting by the late master painter of Nihonga or traditional Japanese art Ikuo Hirayama in Nara Prefecture on December 2, 2009. (Kyodo)

The dealer has admitted to having sold the counterfeit works to the association and was fired from the group in December. In the same month, according to investigative sources, police confiscated fake paintings related to the allegations.

The association began the investigation after a staff member discovered that an unusually high number of Hirayama works were in circulation last spring.

The forgeries were complex enough to deceive many except specialists. Since the signatures and coloring were a bit unnatural, the works were revealed to be forgeries when compared to original works kept in art museums.

Also on Monday, the Japanese department store operator Sogo & Seibu Co. announced that a total of 71 art prints sold between 2009 and 2020 with a turnover of around 55 million yen (520,000 US dollars) are suspected to be counterfeits.

Since receiving the report on Dec. 1, the retailer has identified 59 of 71 pieces and plans to fully refund those who purchased prints that have been rated by a third party and found to be counterfeit.

The police are investigating the case as a copyright infringement.