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The Colors of Summer accepting submissions from HC artists

Second-annual benefit for Friends of HCHC in July looking for local artwork to display

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Seven artists displayed their work during The Colors of Summer in 2018 at Iowa Wesleyan University’s art gallery. The Colors of Summer is taking submissions for the 2019 event benefitting Friends of Henry County Health Center on Friday, July 12.
Submitted photo Seven artists displayed their work during The Colors of Summer in 2018 at Iowa Wesleyan University’s art gallery. The Colors of Summer is taking submissions for the 2019 event benefitting Friends of Henry County Health Center on Friday, July 12.
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Mt. Pleasant Arts IMPACT and Friends of Henry County Health Center are looking for artists who want to display their work at the second-annual gallery benefit The Colors of Summer.

The Colors of Summer is an evening of arts and culture benefiting the Friends of Henry County Health Center (HCHC) on Friday, July 12, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Iowa Wesleyan University’s art gallery. Mt. Pleasant Arts IMPACT is accepting submissions from Henry County-based artists who are 18-years-old or older from now until May 31.

“The more you can be involved in your community, that gives you a real sense of ownership and contributes to the feeling of home,” said Annie Guldberg, with Mt. Pleasant Arts IMPACT. “This is not just where I live, but I’m involved. I like to use art because I live, sleep, eat and breathe art. (Art) adds a richness to the culture, which can also help people feel more tied in and ingrained in their own community.”

While artwork must be professionally presented, Guldberg welcomes amateur artists or artists who have never displayed their work to submit their artwork for The Colors of Summer. Artists can submit up to three pieces, which will be displayed for sale during The Colors of Summer. Artists can keep their commission, but are encouraged to give a donation to the Friends of HCHC.

The Colors of Summer is a ticketed event with proceeds going to The Friends of HCHC. Appetizers and wine will be served. Tickets will be available at Brown’s Shoe Fit starting June 1, and can be purchased at the door the night of the event.

Guldberg said the inaugural Colors of Summer event in 2018 was “really successful,” bringing in $200 for Friends of HCHC. She hopes they can build momentum and have an even higher attendance this year.

Guldberg herself will be submitting three pieces to the show. She said she doesn’t have a lot of trouble following the color theme.

“Even people who just dabble, you can submit that one piece you’ve really been working on and start to show your work,” Guldberg said. “That’s sometimes the hardest thing to do is just get started, put it up on a wall for other people to look at. That makes a lot of people nervous, but Mt. Pleasant is so warm and welcoming.”

Guldberg encourages artists to stick around for the event and for those who aren’t artists to mark their calendars to attend.

“There’s music and delicious food — it will be a nice night,” Guldberg said.

Guldberg said artists who have questions about how to display their artwork are welcome to contact her at mpartsimpact@gmail.com.

“We’re hoping to dig up some artists we don’t know about,” Guldberg said.

Susan Williamson, vice president of Friends of HCHC, said that artists displayed paintings, photographs, jewelry and other types of artwork at Colors of Summer in 2018. Williamson said the variety of artwork presented was fun to see, and the event brought a lot of attention to local artists.

Kristen Heerdt, with HCHC, Friends of HCHC and Mt. Pleasant Arts IMPACT, submitted some of her photographs to The Colors of Summer last year.

“It’s the perfect place to get your toes wet and get people’s response to your work,” Heerdt said. “The show gives artists an opportunity to promote themselves, with artist’s biographies and contact information displayed alongside their work.”

Heerdt said she has been a photographer basically since she could walk. Recently, she has started taking pictures of Henry County. She loads herself, her dog and her camera into the car when it’s getting close to the “golden hour” at sunset and drives.

“I don’t know where we’re going, I just kind of chase the sunset,” Heerdt said. “I’ve ended up on county roads I didn’t know existed, and the landscape is incredible.”

Heerdt will be selling a few of those pieces at The Colors of Summer this year.

The show has space for at least 14 Henry County-based artists. Submissions are due May 31. Artwork needs to be dropped off at IW on July 9. Questions can be directed to Heerdt at heerdtk@hchc.org or Annie Guldberg at mpartsimpact@gmail.com.