Thursday, July 9, 2020

AmadorArts Call for Artists: MASK UP Online Art Show

Paper Pulp Mask
By Sarah Roizen
CALL TO ARTISTS OF ALL AGES –the Amador County Arts Council wants YOU to create and share your masks in this online art show. Make masks that are safe AND fashionable, fun, and industrious! There is no deadline for submissions, as this show is online and will be taking place throughout COVID-19.

‘MASK UP’ is the title of the show which brings together fashion, safety, and creativity. Artists of ALL modalities are welcome to enter and create a mask that expresses their individual talents – painting, sculpting, writing, crafts and collage – the sky is the limit! Submissions can even be in video or film format, so if you are a performance artist, we encourage you to create.  No fee to enter.

Celebrate your cultural heritage, your individual style, and your commitment to a SAFE AMADOR. Masks can accentuate and spotlight your unique personality, as well as expand your opportunities for individual expression.

Artists may include artist bio and statement, maximum 500 characters. No fee to enter show. A signed show entry form will need to be submitted for entry. Local artists who wish to sell their work in this show must have a profile on the AmadorArts Directory. Artists outside of the area who wish to sell their works must also be donors in addition to having a profile on our directory.

Questions can be directed to Program Coordinator, Alyssa Vargas at This show is made possible by the Amador County Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the California Arts Council, a state agency.

For inspiration, there’s a lot of detailed mask info with photos at . Here’s a short lesson, just so you know:

MASKS IN HISTORY – From - Masks have been worn in nearly all cultures, for various reasons, since the Stone Age. Masks have been worn as a form of disguise, by an actor in a performance, as part of a religious ceremony, as part of membership in a secret society, as punishment for a criminal or in celebration of a holiday.

Many of Africa’s native cultures used masks as part of their religious ceremonies, as well as part of ceremonial costumes. Native American masks were used for purposes similar to that of the masks in Africa. However, in addition to its spiritual function, the Native American mask was sometimes used for entertainment or for medicinal purposes.

In Japan, China and other parts of Asia, masks had religious purposes or were part of traditional theater. Many of the masks were influenced by Buddhist, Hindu and Indian literature, and were inspirations in various Asian art forms including theater.

Halloween Masks --The tradition of Halloween masks and Halloween costumes finds its origins in Celtic culture. Disguises were used to confuse the ghosts that came out on Samhain, a festival at the end of the harvest season. Frightening masks were often used because these were believed to scare away malicious spirits.

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