The Bayside Historical Society will hold the opening reception for its 13th annual art show this weekend at the castle in Fort Totten.
The event, which begins at 2 p.m. on Jan. 12, will include the work of 40 artists, most of whom are exhibiting two pieces each.
“They are emerging artists and seasoned professionals,” said the historical society’s Alison McKay of the art show’s participants. “It’s a varied show. We don’t vet the work ahead of time. Every artist is welcome to exhibit.”
The pieces will be judged by Faustino Quintanilla, of Queensborough Community College’s art gallery, and Neill Slaughter, an artist and professor at C.W. Post.
The judges will hand out first, second and third awards, which include small monetary prizes, as well as ribbons and certificates.
Quintanilla and Slaughter will take part in a private viewing on Friday and Slaughter will attend the opening reception, where he’ll give a gallery talk.
McKay said the exhibit is a mixed media show that includes photographs, installations and water color paintings and oil paintings.
“The work is everything from abstract to realism and portraits,” she said. “One artist shredded Coke bottles and created an installation."
The exhibit will remain on display through Jan. 26.
Historical society members will get in for free, but all others must pay $8. The event will include wine and cheese.
Sale prices for art works in the display range from hundreds to thousands of dollars.