We look forward to welcoming new
participants into the Salon family!
Participant in Salon
When you are interested in applying
to become a participant in Salon, you may have many
questions. My first Salon was 2005 in Philadelphia,
PA. I had not yet attended a Salon or knew what to
expect. I was thrilled and frightened at the same time.
I had many questions on what it meant to be a
participant. A Participant is defined as those who
exhibit and demonstrate.
Salon is a gathering of skillful,
like-minded individuals (craftsmen) who come together to
share techniques, mediums and ideas pertaining to
Decorative Art. The public arena is intended to inspire
and educate. It is not a venue to promote oneself,
school, or particular interest. Salon is about passion,
not profit. If you are
selected to participate come prepared for these two
major aspects of Salon. Here is a list of questions you
How do I
become a participant in Salon?
applicants must submit 3 photos of the actual
panel they wish to exhibit with an explanation
of mediums used, and any other pertinent information.
The applicant should also include a (brief) biographical
paragraph, including why they would like to participate
in Salon. The submission of the exhibition panel must be done
at least 30 days prior to the registration deadline.
Sometimes Salon has a theme; the application panel is
preferred to be on the theme, but is not mandatory. The
application shall be sent, preferable by e-mail, to the
organizer of the coming Salon.
What do I
can paint your interpretation of the theme in a
technique or style that you do well, you may also check
with in the techniques as described below. Salon is
looking for classical elements of Decorative painting,
not just a simple wall glaze or plaster finish. Those
types of finishes can be incorporated into an element of
your panel, but should not be the main focus. My best
recommendation would be to look at pictures from past
Salons as a good reference. Just click on any year and
to pull up past exhibition panels. To help you see how
the theme has been incorporated into a finished panel
you can always look at the list of decorative techniques
if your uncertain as to what is acceptable.
should my piece be?
place limitations on size other than what may be
restricted by the venue. For example, you will have at
least a 4 ft x 6 ft (2m x 1.3m) area to hang your work/works
and most of the time it is double that. It all depends
on the selected venue as to how much space each
participant has. Should you have a large panel, contact
your organizer to ask if the space is available?
I paint on - what medium can I use?
participants paint on a substrate that is easily rolled
up and placed into an art tube for transportation. You
want to make sure it arrives to salon un-damaged. Here
are a few widely use materials: light weight canvas,
mylar (drafting film) I prefer mylar with both sides
frosted. Some people like only one side frosted. You
can find any of these materials at your local art
store. You can use any medium you prefer.
What do I
demonstrate and how?
demonstration can be either a personal demonstration of
your particular expertise or a contribution to the
collaborative mural. Should you wish to do a personal
demonstration, it can be any subject matter or medium
you prefer. You will be demonstrating along with other
participants at the same time. Demonstrations have been
both structured (date & time) and loose (when ever you
choose). Demonstration if structured, will be indicated
in the Salon program you will receive upon arrival.
happens after I submit my application?
application will be forwarded on the Salon board members
for review. You will then receive a letter stating
approval or denial to participate in Salon.
happens to my painting after Salon?
Paintings done by participants remain their individual
property. The collaborative mural may be donated to an
appropriate recipient (such as hospital, hosting city or
other charitable organizations).
my first exhibition, am I a participant for future
welcome to continue to participate, unless you receive a
letter to re-submit. Regarding the issue of exhibition
panels that do not portray the expected skill level of a
Salon participant, the board may request a participant
to submit a photo the their intended exhibition panel
for the next year’s Salon for approval (at least 30 days
prior to the registration deadline). We do need to
encourage on another to continually evolve and improve
our skills as craftsmen and share the responsibility of
maintaining the level of excellence that Salon is noted
for. We should be accountable to our craft, to each
other and our financial contributors who make this event
possible, by striving for continued excellence.
important for Salon participants to maintain a
professional level of decorum at all times. Undesirable
or offensive behavior (or due to excessive alcohol
consumption) that is damaging to the image of Salon and
its contributing sponsors cannot be tolerated.
Complaints brought to the board of such behavior, will
result in a probationary period imposed on the offending
participant to change their behavior. If they choose
not to change their behavior, for the good of the Salon,
they will loose their status as a participant.
the Manifest to get a full understanding of Salon.
Types of decorative techniques:
and Painted Illustration
& clouded ceilings (for theater and film)
L’oeil (non-moving objects on real measurements)
Velum and Drapery techniques
furniture & Artifacts
Ageing, and Patinas
acid etching, gilding and painting