Martin Library is seeking original artwork for its upcoming red-themed exhibit.

Regional artists are invited to send in submissions — from abstract paintings to photography to sculpture — that use the color red.

"We're really interested in getting a diverse array of media and styles and items," said John Miller, adult services librarian at the York City library.

The deadline for entry is 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 8, and artists will be notified of their acceptance in mid-August.

First Friday: The library will select up to 40 works by 10 artists to unveil for its ART in mARTin gallery opening on Friday, Sept. 5, during York City's First Friday celebration. It will exhibit the artwork through November.

"We wanted to be involved in the whole First Friday process," Miller said. "We thought that it would be a good fit."

The library is starting to receive submissions from artists of all experience levels, Miller said. The gallery is open to regional artists from York to Harrisburg, and a few spaces will be reserved for students, he said.

"Right now, we are keeping it open in that we're going to accept submissions from just about anyone," Miller said.

More exhibits: The library's first ART in mARTin gallery on May 2 involved a smaller group of artists, and there was no theme, he said.

This time, Martin added the red theme to give a broad appeal to a variety of artists and mediums, Miller said.


During the May show, the library served hors d'oeuvres and had live music from local band Sympathy and the Lion, he said. Visitors at the September show will also enjoy refreshments and live, local music, Miller said.

The library plans to hold the shows quarterly and would like to do a juried exhibit once a year, he said.

The gallery's opening event is free to attend, and the library's Small Bookshop will be open during the event, said Deb Sullivan, community relations director for York County Libraries.

"The library's such a beautiful place to showcase artwork, and it's a great opportunity for artists to have their work in the community," she said.

Enter your artwork

For September's ART in mARTin gallery, regional artists may submit four original pieces of 2- or 3-D artwork for consideration by emailing images of the art to

Each image should be labeled with the artist's last name and title of the piece, i.e., Miller.Mona Lisa. The email should include the artist's contact information, the title of each piece and its dimensions, media type and price.

Artists will have the opportunity to sell their pieces through the exhibit, with a percentage donated to the library. The deadline for entry is 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 8.

Any questions about submissions and the gallery can be directed to John Miller, Martin Library's adult services librarian, at 717-849-6959 or

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