Take a look at art "Through the Looking Glass"

What do you think of when you hear the words “Through the Looking Glass?”

Ingrid Brown, owner of the local gallery The Villager, is posing this question to Villager and new talent artists who would like to participate in the second annual art show.

Brown has created an art show that differs from most.

“In a typical art show, one artist is featured with a large body of his works,” said Brown. “With this show many artists are featured and their best three items are shown. This exhibit is not only for one night, but for six weeks from Oct. 1 until Nov. 14 and all of the pieces are for sell.”

The show consists of a juried art exhibit with awards in the following categories: metal, ceramics, fiber art, fine art jewelry, glass, woodworking and fashion jewelry. This year, artists are able to submit up to three pieces that are related to Brown’s chosen theme “Through the Looking Glass.”

Each category winner will receive $125 before Villager customers are able to choose the overall winner by casting a ballot through email or completing a survey in-store. The overall winner will receive an additional cash prize of $750 and will be the featured artist during the holidays.

“It is so hard to choose a winner,” explained Brown. “The pieces last year were just unbelievable.”

The show last year was themed “The Silver Lining,” featuring items that brought optimism to the American citizens affected by the struggling economy.

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Luke Adams, a glass blower with a studio located in Norwood, Mass., combined glass blowing and silver to create a contemporary silver cherry for “The Silver Lining” show.

“We had never seen anything like this in glass,” said Brown. “Everyone fell in love with them.”

Taking first place in the glass category, Adams was chosen as the overall winner.

“The Silver Lining Show was so successful that we sold almost every piece and reordered from several artists throughout the show,” said Brown. “One of my favorite things about hosting this type of show is that my customers get to see work that is the artists’ selection and not my own. If it sparks an interest with my customers, I will know to pursue that particular artist.”

Brown got her inspiration for the theme this year of “Through the Looking Glass” after foregoing one of her favorite art shows in February to attend a financial strategies class at the Harvard Business School.

“Spending a week away from my business and getting to meet people from all corners of the world with a common interest opened my mind to seeing our business opportunities in a different way,” she said. “Sometimes we need to remove preconceived expectations and look at things differently.”

Brown plans to host a juried exhibit each fall and hopes to add a spring show to highlight paintings, prints and photography.

“My goal is to have two shows per year, but I just have to get enough experience doing this one first.”

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