The Art of Stewardship

Nature Through the Eyes of Artists

A 10×10 Art Show, May 8-June 2, 2017, Howard County Conservancy’s Gudelsky Gallery

The Howard County Conservancy is accepting submissions for the 2017 The Art of Stewardship art exhibit, Nature Through the Eyes of Artists. The 2017 exhibit will have an exciting new format, consisting entirely of 10”x10” pieces. All pieces are  unlabeled and available for a sale price of $100, with all proceeds benefiting the Conservancy.

Our vision is to create an opportunity for nature-loving artists to support the work of the Conservancy. The Art of Stewardship exhibit attracts professional as well as amateur artists. The greatest creativity sometimes emerges when there are limitations – imagine the fantastic diversity contained in a wall full of 10×10 pieces!

There will be a fun, high energy gallery opening and reception on the evening of Sunday, May 7, 2017. Leaders from the Maryland art world will be in attendance, as well as other heroes from the community.  At 6pm there will be a wine & cheese reception ($20). During the reception, there will be a raffle for buyer positions #1-10, and those ten individuals will be able to make their selections before the official opening to the public at 7pm (free).

The exhibit is presented in partnership with The Art of Stewardship Foundation and the Medomak Retreat Center.

Exhibit Format:

  • All artwork will measure 10”x10” or be mounted on a 10”x10” board.
  • Each piece of art will be on sale for $100 which includes sales tax, with proceeds benefiting the work of the Conservancy.
  • All artist identities will be hidden until artwork is purchased.
  • All artwork will be on display for the full 4 weeks of the exhibit.
  • Unpurchased artwork will be returned to artists at the end of gallery exhibition on June 3, 2017.

An Exhibit for Nature-Loving Artists:

  • To experiment with new mediums without constraints of artists’ reputation and expectations.
  • To gain exposure in the Baltimore-Washington art community through a 4-week exhibit in the Gudelsky Gallery and on the Conservancy website with links to artists’ websites and Facebook pages.

Artwork Requirements:

  • Any medium may be used, as long as the finished size is 10”x10.”
  • The Conservancy is offering artist quality 10”x10” birch boards as an optional base for artwork. These boards may be used as a flat surface or reversed as a shadow box. Boards may be picked up at the Mt Pleasant location of the Conservancy between 9am – 3pm.
  • All artwork must be original and not previously shown at the Conservancy.
  • Artist signature or other identification must be placed ONLY on the back of the artwork.
  • Each piece of art must be wired and ready to hang.
  • Three dimensional artwork is acceptable, within reason, and as long as it is ready to hang. We are not able to accept sculptures.
  • Limit of 4 entries per artist. The exhibit is limited to first 150 pieces submitted.
  • Although this exhibit is not juried, the Howard County Conservancy reserves the right to reject any artwork deemed inappropriate or offensive.

Entry Fees:

There is no entry fee for the show. There is a $10 materials fee for artists who choose to use the birch boards offered by the Conservancy.

Dates to remember:

April 24, 2017, Monday – online registration deadline for artists
The registration may close early as the maximum number of 150 artwork pieces is reached.

May 5-6, 2017, Friday and Saturday – artwork drop off
Ready-to-hang completed artwork will be accepted at the Gudelsky Gallery on Friday from 9-3 p.m. and on Saturday from 9-12 p.m.

May 7, 2017, Sunday – Opening receptions
An early reception for advance buyers with fine wines and cheese will be followed by a general opening reception for viewing and art purchases. Leaders in the Maryland art world will be on hand to celebrate with artists, buyers, friends, families and admirers.

May 8 – June 2, 2017, Monday – Art show opens in Gudelsky Gallery, Monday – Saturday from 9a.m.-3p.m. Please call before visiting at 410-465-8877.

June 3, 2017, Saturday – Artwork pickup by purchasers and artists. All artwork will be picked up at the Gudelsky Gallery from 9a.m.-3p.m.

Art Show Partnerships:

The Howard County Conservancy
The Howard County Conservancy, a non-profit organization, reaches more than 20,000 people each year through their environmental education programs. The Conservancy offers activities for children and adults throughout the year at our 232-acre Mt. Pleasant farm in Woodstock and at Howard County’s Belmont Manor and Historic Park in Elkridge. Please call 410-465-8877or visit for further information.

The Art of Stewardship (TAOS)
The Art of Stewardship is the creation of The Mort Family Foundation, and its founder, internationally acclaimed artist Greg Mort. The Art of Stewardship encourages artists to display their innovation, creativity and unique perspective on natural subjects, thereby inspiring viewers to explore, appreciate and care for our Earth as stewards.

Medomak Retreat Center
Medomak Retreat Center in Washington, Maine, provides a place of simplicity,  restoration, and camaraderie. A place of beauty, character and antiquity, it inspires both new experiences and profound relaxation. Medomak provides an ideal setting for bringing together individuals with a common interest and immersing them in the natural world.

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