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The Pleasure of Color

call for entries due: January 30
exhibition dates: March 5–April 11, 2021
apply through: Call For

Color has long been credited for affecting our emotions and attitudes. We daily choose colors to wear, setting the tone for the day ahead. Artists instinctively choose colors that speak to the mood of a work they are creating. Sometimes extreme pleasure is found in the accidental or purposeful combinations of colors. One can feel uplifted by the saturation of even just one color. Think of the pleasure you feel with the colors of the work that you choose to submit for this exhibit.

Juror: Susan Press, Curator and Artist


  • San Francisco Bay Area artists only (artist must live within 100 miles from San Rafael, California). Refunds will not be given to those who apply but don’t qualify.
  • Size limit: artwork must not exceed 48” including frame, stand, and all materials. Sculptors: see Display Policy, below, for details.
  • Open to most visual arts media. No video.
    Original artwork only. No giclées or reproductions. Editions are acceptable if they are original works such as printmaking, photography or limited original digital art.
  • Submissions must not have previously exhibited in the AWD 1337 Gallery.
  • Artwork must be for sale.
  • Apply through AWD will not accept hardcopy, email, or disk submissions. 


Exhibition Calendar:

  • January 30: Entries due via Technically you have until 11:59 Mountain time (9:59pm Pacific time). Please note that we are not available for questions about applications after 1/29/2020.
  • February 4 or 5: Notification by email. Separate emails are sent for “invited” and “not invited” submissions. NOTE: delivery is two weeks after notification.
  • February 25–27, 10am–4pm: Deliver accepted entries. No exceptions. Masks must be worn. 1 person in the Gallery at a time. No restroom or art center access.
  • March 5–April 11, 2021: exhibition dates
  • March 12, 6pm: Virtual Reception and Virtual Art Walk, exhibitors are invited to present their artwork via Zoom. Space is limited.
  • April 9, 6pm: Virtual Reception and Virtual Art Walk, exhibitors are invited to present their artwork via Zoom. Space is limited.
  • April 14–17,10am–4pm: Pick up unsold artwork. Covid precautions apply. 

Entry Fee: $40 for up to 3 entries. Discount provided for AWD Artist Members.

Display Policy: As of December 2020, Art Works Downtown remains closed to visitation. The display of artworks in this exhibition are guaranteed to be featured as a virtual exhibition on the AWD website, in the AWD online Gallery Store, on rotation in the Gallery 1337 downtown San Rafael windowfront, and featured on social media. If AWD is able to open to the public within county regulations, the entire exhibition will available to the public in the gallery space for a few afternoons per week. In this case, the virtual gallery and online store will continue but the windows will not rotate.
Sculptors: sculpture footprint must be less that 34" to fit in the windows. Larger footprints may be accepted, but may not fit in the window space.

Online Entry: AWD uses (CaFÉ) to process juried exhibitions. To submit entries, visit First create a free profile then upload images to your portfolio. Second, apply to this call. The CaFÉ website provides all the assistance you should need to prepare your submissions and apply. If you have trouble sizing your image(s), use the links provided below for help. Before you start, we recommend reviewing the CAFÉ HELP page. We also recommend reviewing our CAFÉ Tips and Tricks by going to > Exhibitions tab > Calls for Entry > Tips and Tricks. AWD does not provide technical assistance for submissions.
• 3D/sculptural entries: Since you can only submit one image per entry, we suggest submitting one image with two views.
• Free online image software:;
• Make sure you are using the most updated internet browser. Check the CaFÉ help page or use this

Delivery of Accepted Work: Work(s) must be hand delivered to Art Works Downtown 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael between the hours stated under Exhibition Calendar. All work must be ready for installation. Wall hung work must be securely wired. Artwork must be easy–and ready–to install. No substitutes will be accepted for works approved by the juror. Please also deliver an artist statement and resume for the exhibition binder. We do not print these materials for you. The artist must either email or mail the signed consignment contract before delivery, or include the signed hardcopy with delivery. If a representative of the artist delivers, the artist must call ahead to give the representative’s name. Apply only if you can arrange delivery on the specified date. Please note that other artists will be delivering and picking up during the same hours. You may need to wait for them to finish their process before entering the gallery.
Covid-19 precautionary requirements: 
• Everyone must wear a mask.
• One person in the Gallery at a time.
• The art center facilities, such as restroom, are not available. 

Gallery Store: Artworks will be available for sale online via the Art Works Downtown Gallery Store. Patrons of the online store must make an appointment to pick-up their artwork. We do not provide delivery or shipping.

Pick Up: Covid-19 precautions stipulated under Deliver of Accepted Work apply for Pick Up. Artists who do not retrieve their work will be charged a storage fee of $3.00 per day. Works remaining after 30 days will become property of Art Works Downtown. One person at a time, masks required.

Sales: Art Works Downtown (AWD) accepts a 40% donation upon sale. AWD processes sales as follows. All checks and credit card sales will be made payable to Art Works Downtown. AWD then reports the sales tax and passes the net sale to the artist. The artist is responsible for donating 40% of the net sale total to AWD. It is not the artist’s responsibility to report sales tax. All sold artworks will remain on display until the end of the exhibition. Patrons may retrieve their artwork when the exhibit ends. Sales will be paid to artists as soon as possible after the exhibition ends.

Liability and Image use Regarding Work Submitted: Precaution will be taken to safeguard all work from loss or damage, but neither Art Works Downtown nor anyone connected with this exhibition will be responsible for loss or damage from any cause. Artist permits AWD to use images(s) of accepted works for AWD promotions.



Call for Tips and Tricks

Internet browser:

To ensure credit card security, Call for requires clients to use updated internet browsers (such as Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer). Before you begin using, make sure your browser is up-to-date by going to this website: If you're version is not current make sure to update the software. If you are constrained by hardware limitations (example: old Mac's can't upgrade to new Safari), simply download a different, and current, browser. We recommend Firefox.

Image File format:

JPEG only, dimensions: No smaller than 1200 pixels on the longest side, resolution: 72 ppi/dpi, Size: 5 MB maximum. Make sure your images follow these parameters. If you are uploading an image and the process is taking a long time (longer than 5-10 minutes), your image is probably wrong. Unfortunately the CAFÉ message does not tell you this, it only says that it is loading and make take a while.

Learn more about CAFÉ.org image file requirements:

Free online image softwares to resize your image: 

Applying for a call:

Uploading images to your “Portfolio” and applying to a call for entries are two different processes. When you apply for an exhibition you will need to choose entries from your Portfolio by checking little boxes next to the images. If you only have three images in your Portfolio, you must check the box for each entry to submit that entry.  

Make sure to “PREVIEW” before checking out. Once you click “CHECK OUT” you can NOT change or correct your application.

Checking Out, Payment and Coupon Codes: 
When you have looked at your application “PREVIEW” and you see all of your entry images, click “CHECK OUT.” This will begin the payment process. Follow the prompts to pay for your entries. Only credit cards are accepted. If you are an AWD Artist Member you can use your coupon code to receive an entry fee discount. Simply follow the prompts until it asks you for the Coupon Code (you will not see this right away). Then enter the code and proceed.

Philosophical Understanding:

We understand that the online application process can be frustrating and hope you will overcome technology to participate in our exhibitions. While the CAFÉ.org service isn't perfect, it is a very helpful service for AWD and artists alike. As you apply through this process, we encourage you to take a deep breath, think logically (not emotionally) and take your time to thoroughly read the prompts and consider the buttons. If you are digitally challenged, you may want to find someone who is comfortable with the digital realm. Offer them a cup of coffee, fresh baked bread or small payment for their time. Remember to remain patient and calm.

How to Apply for Solo or Group Exhibitions

Art Works Downtown offers a variety of exhibition opportunities and programs. Select a gallery to learn more about the specific application and proposal process.

• 1337 Gallery

• Underground Gallery

• Founders' Gallery

• 1325 Donors' Gallery