Sunday, January 30, 2011


"Under the Palms" © 2000 Laura Jean Zito
"Beauty is a form of genius - is higher, indeed, than genius, as it needs no explanation.  It is of the great facts in the world like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection in dark water of that silver shell we call the moon."
- Oscar Wilde

Saturday, January 29, 2011

ART OF THE GARDEN 2011 Grand Prize Committee

The Grand Prize Committee:

Barbara Greenfield, the former head of the Women's Committee at PAFA and on the board there since 1957, as well as on many other boards including the Philadelphia Historical Society, hails originally from England, "where gardens are in the bloodstream." 

Melinda Moritz, a botanical illustrator and the Chairwoman of the Philadelphia International Flower Show, the largest indoor flower show in the world, will help pick the champion of this garden of artists from an especially horticultural point of view.

Alan Fetterman, a featured Bucks County plein air painter at the James A. Michener Museum with more than 25 solo shows worldwide, will bring his embrace of many mediums to his well-rounded outlook and critical choice.


"Roman Sunset" © 1999 Laura Jean Zito

Poem by E.E. Cummings  

this is the garden:colors come and go,
frail azures fluttering from night's outer wing
strong silent greens silently lingering,
absolute lights like baths of golden snow.
This is the garden:pursed lips do blow
upon cool flutes within wide glooms,and sing
(of harps celestial to the quivering string)
invisible faces hauntingly and slow.

This is the garden.   Time shall surely reap
and on Death's blade lie many a flower curled,
in other lands where other songs be sung;
yet stand They here enraptured,as among
the slow deep trees perpetual of sleep
some silver-fingered fountain steals the world.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Art of the Garden Questions

must oils on canvas be framed if painted all sides?

I also paint my canvasses around the sides and I think they look quite nice that way. I think that gives the purchaser the ability to choose a frame that fits for them, if they feel they need one. So yes, they are acceptable without frames if painted around the edges and with a strong wire and eyescrews attached to the stretcher.

...and does the art for the bins need to be in the same ‘garden’ theme?

The art for the bins should be in the same garden theme, but the definition of garden will be a broad one for this show, and can include even abstract gardens, such as a garden of ideas, etc....I will write a curator's statement in the next day or two and post it on this blogsite, I was also able to "take over" thanks to the good graces of its previous owner.

I was wondering if you are accepting giclees in the bin portion of the show. I have one signed and numbered limited edition giclee I would consider placing in the bin. What do you think?

Yes, giclees are accepted, even for the works on the wall. The bin pictures do not have to be titled and listed, etc. They are the responsibility of the artists, though there will be Friends of the HTFL watching them during the reception. But they won't come under the insurance umbrella the way the wall pieces will....Laura


"Here's Looking At You, Kid"© 2009 Laura Jean Zito

Saturday, January 22, 2011

"Art of the Garden" Questions

Can I get a bit of clarification on how closely you are defining the "Art of the Garden" theme? 
While vased flowers are not ruled out, as "garden produce",  I would definitely lean toward actual gardens displayed. However, I will also be keeping in mind that closeups of flowers are popular with the audience. 
Wild flowers?  Many gardens include wildflowers, and certainly in a closeup one would not know whether the wild flowers are in the wild or in a cultivated garden. A garden in the wild, though uncultivated, might be someone's perfect garden and give them the same pleasure as a cultivated garden.    
Rural landscape scene with wild flowers as an element?A rural landscape could qualify if there is a garden in it, no matter how small.
Woodland landscapes with some garden element like a bench or gazebo ?Woodland landscapes with some garden element like a bench or gazebo can work. 
Agricultural scenes that show barns, tractors or livestock ? Agricultural scenes showing barns, tractors and livestock are more farm oriented than garden oriented. I think it depends on the image.
Yard scenes without formal landscaping but showing trees and shadows?  In Britain, the term "garden" is often used to refer to the yard, the place that might well  be the scene of a garden party.  
Snow scenes with some natural or garden elements ?Snow scenes with garden elements could add interesting variety to the show.
 A single tree or leaf or pinecone?A single tree or leaf or pinecone are not going to enthuse me as much as seeing a real garden in all its glory for this particular show, but I wouldn't rule them out altogether on any fixed idea that they don't pertain. 
A bird and birdhouse? While a bird and birdhouse would seem more appropriate in a bird show, the same applies as what I said about the natural elements you asked about above. 

Also, do you have a target price range for the artwork? The target audience, while upscale, may not be inclined in today's economy to make huge purchases. The price range that promotes the most sales is what the Friends of the HTFL have in mind. That is why the commission is low, at 20%, to promote sales. A lower-priced piece may sell more easily than a higher priced one in this market. Many people are looking to aid the library by buying artwork in this show but may be working from a certain budget.  

What would be the lowest price that would be acceptable, and what would be the highest?The price should be high enough to reflect the value of the work and not so high as to discourage sales. There is no ceiling (or floor) either way.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

ART OF THE GARDEN Application Form

“Art of the Garden”                       Application Form    

                                    April 8, 2011 –June 21, 2011

                           Deadline for entry:   March 10, 2011

                                    Artwork Due by April 4th

           “…let us cultivate our garden.” Voltaire, from Candide

Please refer to the guidelines for the “Art of the Garden”, fill out this form, email it to or AND mail back the signed copy with your check or money order payable to "Friends of the HTFL" to:
“Art of the Garden”
The Friends of The Haverford Township Free Library
P.O. Box 264
Merion, PA 19066





Telephone # home______________________________________




Alternate email________________________________________

Website address_______________________________________



Art of the Garden” Application Form

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Price______________________________Date (optional)______

Insurance Value_________________________________________




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Artist’s Statement

One sentence bio


“Art of the Garden” Appl. Form Pg 4 of 4

I, ___________________________, agree that the transport of my artwork to and from Haverford Township Free Library will be done through the postal systems or carried out by myself or my representatives personally, to arrive to the HTFL by April 4, 2011, and that the transport will be at my risk and expense in both directions, as the artwork will be insured only while housed at Haverford Township Free Library. The artwork will be stored in the director’s office (locked) until it is hung. If the artwork is not sold or taken away by me or my representatives after the show’s closing on June 21, 2010, the artwork will be removed from the walls of Haverford Township Free Library on June 22, 2011, wrapped well and tightly in bubblewrap and stored in the library in the director’s office (locked) until picked up by the artists during the next two days, or longer if storage arrangements must be made. If longer than two weeks, after July 5th, the artwork will be removed to storage to await pickup by the artists by appointment. Storage and handling fees of $10.00 a week will be collected to retrieve the artwork. After the pickup dates of the exhibition from the library, that is, after July 5th, the artwork is left at the artist’s own risk and liability. For those shipping artwork, a $25.00 repacking and handling fee for shipping the works back in addition to the return postage is required. Works will be professionally packed and shipped back in the same containers and wrapping they were shipped to the library in. I understand that my artworks in the Bin will be my own responsibility, although volunteers will be monitoring them during the reception at all times and utmost care will be taken for their safety. I agree to remove my bin artwork after the opening reception.  I agree to display my accepted works on the HTFL’s website for the duration of the show. I agree to sign off on my work when it is removed from the library at the show’s closing, and, for the security of everyone involved, to show photo identification, such as a license or passport, to carry the artwork away. I have made a nonrefundable payment of $35.00 plus any extra fees due via __mailed check or __money order to “Art of the Garden” Friends of the HTFL, P.O.Box 264, Merion, PA 19066 I have read the guidelines for this show and agree that entering the “Art of the Garden” is an agreement to abide by the guidelines as written.

______________________Signature of Artist________Date


      “…let us cultivate our garden.” Voltaire, from Candide
                         “Art of the Garden”
                          April 8, 2011 –June 21, 2011
                Reception Friday, April 8th, 5:30-8:30 PM
                           Free and open to the public
                              Deadline: March 10th
                           Artwork Due by April 4th
All artists are invited to apply to a special exhibition, “Art of the Garden,” a group show of 150 artworks on the theme of Gardens, to serve as the second annual event of its kind to be held at the Haverford Township Free Library. “Sowing the Seeds of a New Library” is the cause for which artists are sought who will donate 20% of the purchase price of their artworks, sold during the show, to the library’s upkeep, seriously curtailed in the last two years by a 33% budget cut totaling more than $300,000.00. As Haverford Township’s only library and an essential social hub to an active and cultured population of all age ranges, the HTFL is the perfect gateway to a diverse new audience of collectors and viewers for local, national and international artists.
Artists will also have the special opportunity to avail of the library’s website. Jpegs and bios will be posted on the website for the length of the exhibition, and by special arrangement with the library, artists will be able to negotiate for website display on an annual basis.
A “Master Gardener” series of talks will be held at the library
throughout the exhibition, drawing much interest to the show, and culminating in a “Garden Tour” through local gardens in June.
The Friends of The Haverford Township Free Library
1601 Darby Road
Havertown, PA 19083
Telephone: 610-446-3082


To participate in this exclusive art exhibition, you are invited to send three jpegs of your artwork, in any medium, including photography and sculpture, with a size limitation of 54”, on the theme of gardens, flowers, trees, landscaping and cultivation, sized 72 dpi, saved at quality 8, no larger than 1280 pixels on the longest side, to or by the deadline March 10, 2011. Please title your jpegs as follows: LastName_FirstName_Title.jpg. If your name is too long for the title, please use the first two letters of your first name for FirstName or truncate your title. Please title your application form the same way. 
The jurying fee is $35.00 for three entries. Additional entries can be sent for jurying for $5.00 each. If you prefer,  please mail slides to “Art of the Garden” Friends of the Haverford Township Free Library, POB 264, Merion, PA 19066. If you include a self-addressed, stamped envelope, they will be returned to you after the viewing process. 
-Selections will be made by Laura Jean Zito by March 11, 2011.
Notifications will be sent out by March 12, 2011.
-Artwork is to be delivered by hand or shipped to the library by
Monday, April 4th, 2011.
-Delivery dates for hand delivery will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
-Pickup dates after the show closing will be Wednesday June 22nd, 10-9 and Thursday June 23rd, 10-6.
-For those for whom these times are not possible for delivery and pickup, special arrangements can be made by appointment by calling 215 879 4696.
All artwork must include the theme of gardens but this does not preclude a portrait in a garden setting, a garden in a landscape setting, or an abstract garden. Please visit to read the Curator's Statement and to see updates and photos of the library.  


Please accompany your submission with the completed form by March 10, 2011 by email to or
AND SIGNED by regular mail to:
          “Art of the Garden”
          The Friends of The Haverford Township Free Library
          P.O.Box 264 Merion, PA 19066
Enclose payment of $35.00, for jurying, administrative, handling and hanging fees, by check made out to Friends of the Haverford Township Free Library and mailed to the above address. Entry fees are nonrefundable.
The following PRIZES will be awarded at the opening reception on Friday, April 8th, 2011 at 6:45 PM:
First prize $300.00
Second prize $200.00
Third prize 100.00
Three honorable mentions of $50.00 each
Special prizes may be awarded by the Library’s sponsors.
A "Grand Prize" will be given by a Grand Prize Committee: Barbara Greenfield, former head of the Womens' Committee at PAFA,  Melinda Moritz, chairwoman of the Philadelphia Flower Show and botanical illustrator, and Alan Fetterman, Michener Museum featured Bucks County artist. 
Chosen artists may also exhibit up to five matted but unframed pieces no larger than 24” x 36” in the bin during the opening reception. Sculptors may promote their work from photographs for the bin pieces. Bin pieces will be the responsibility of the individual artists, and it will be expected that the artists will remove them from the library after the party on April 8, 2011 by 9:00 PM. For artists who cannot be present at the reception who would like to have pieces in the bin, special arrangements can be made to handle the extra pieces.


For accepted artists that hand-deliver and pickup their work, there will be no other fees associated with this show. If artwork is shipped, a prepaid return shipping form must accompany the artwork delivery, or arrive during the course of the exhibition. A $25.00 handling fee will be charged for repackaging all shipped items. Please be sure to include enough for shipping insurance. All shipping without insurance covered will be at the artist’s own risk.   Artworks will be repackaged for travel in a safe and professional manner in the original packaging and wrapping in which they arrived. Please be sure shipped artwork is TIGHTLY bubble-wrapped three times and with corners. Double-boxing is also recommended. The transport of the artwork to and from Haverford Township Free Library will be done through the postal systems or carried out personally, to arrive to the HTFL by April 4, 2011, and the transport will be at the artist’s risk and expense in both directions, as the artwork will be insured only while housed at Haverford Township Free Library. A receipt will be  given or sent to each artist as soon as the works arrive at the library. Artists will be required to sign off on their work as it is removed. For the security of everyone involved, photo identification, such as a license or passport must be shown to take the artwork away. Art will be stored after July 5th at the artists’ own risk. The artwork will be stored in the director’s office (locked) until it is hung. Artwork not sold or for which no prepaid shipping label is provided, or not taken away by the artists after the show closing June 21, 2010, will be removed from the walls of Haverford Township Free Library on June 22, 2011, wrapped well in bubblewrap and stored in the library in the director’s office (locked) until picked up by the artists during the next two days, or longer if storage arrangements must be made. If longer than two weeks, that is, after July 5th, the artwork will be removed to storage to await pickup by the artists by appointment and storage fees of $10.00 a week will be collected to retrieve the artwork. The artwork will be handled only by Laura Jean Zito, who will hang it and take it down, being sure to handle it and corner it for zero damage. Utmost care will be given to surfaces, temperatures, frames, handling, and the artworks’ safety. 

Contact Information: call Laura Jean Zito at 267-701-1503 
in case of emergency contact Janae Alberts at 610 642-7831 or through www. 


The Library will retain 20% of the purchase price of all artworks sold towards its “Sow The Seeds of Our New Library” fund. DONATIONS OF THE TOTAL PURCHASE PRICE OR ANY PART THEREOF WILL ALSO GLADLY BE ACCEPTED AND MOST APPRECIATED. All artworks must be for sale.
The library will be open to the public for viewing M,T, W 10-9, Th 10- 6,F 1-5, Sat 10-2, Sun 1-5.
The Library offers the artists a great chance to promote themselves through the Library’s website, All the jpegs of accepted entries will be viewable online during the months of the exhibition. For a small hosting fee payable to the Library, the images can remain for one year after the conclusion of the show, along with links to the artists’ individual websites, as well as biographical information and artists’ statements. A separate negotiation with the library may be entered into for this website use for the year. The Library would be pleased to accept at the artists’ discretion a 10% donation for any works sold through its website that were not works in the actual show.
Accepted artists should supply 3 copies of an 8” x 10”printout of their accepted work labeled on the back with name, title, medium, size, price, and any other pertinent information for notebooks to be displayed during the exhibition and kept as a permanent record afterwards.
The HTFL receives over 800 visitors a day and 400,000 people a year, more than a small museum! The Library is a remarkable institution with a wide audience for all the wonderful cultural activities it sponsors. Participation in the show will benefit both the artists involved and the survival and growth of this most precious cultural enclave, the Haverford Township Free Library.
The Friends of The Haverford Township Free Library
1601 Darby Road
Havertown, PA 19083
Telephone: 610-446-3082