Biggest little art show

Jan Kenyon, an artist showing in the Itty Bitty Show, places her piece on display Monday afternoon. (Photo by Stephanie Blair)

Annual exhibit opens at For Artsake Gallery

The 10th annual Itty Bitty Art Show opens today (Friday) at For ArtSake Gallery in Newport’s Nye Beach District, featuring plenty of petite works for everyone to enjoy.

Though the concept may seem odd to some, the decade old tradition is one of the gallery’s biggest events of the year.

“I think it’s a nice way to bring the community into the gallery,” said Newport-based artist Marcy Kenyon, a member of For ArtSake Gallery, “and share the opportunity to exhibit their work.”

To keep things itty bitty, the entry form for the show states that: three-dimensional works are not to exceed 64 total cubic inches and two-dimensional works are not to exceed 36 total square inches, including any frame.

The result of these requirements is a collection of big ideas captured in little mediums. Around the gallery, little wonders can be found in tiny easels and palm-sized sculptures. The public can experience the exhibition in its entirety starting June 7 — the opening reception is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. There, along with the art, attendees can enjoy food and live music performed by the Thunder and Lightning Duo. However, the party isn’t all of the fun — the show will remain open until June 28.

This year’s judge will be Newport City Councilor Cynthia Jacobi, who will be presenting the show’s first, second and third place winners with ribbons provided by one of the gallery’s artists.

“I am making the ribbons,” said Kenyon, “and they’re going to be a work of art, too.”

Many of the works are for sale, as well, at similarly small prices. No matter their taste or budget, everyone who passes through the gallery is sure to find something to suit them.

For ArtSake Gallery is located at 258 NW Coast St. in Nye Beach and is currently open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Monday. Beginning June 15, the gallery will be open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.