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Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole


This exhibition theme is based on the work of Susan Cain, and her NY Times bestselling book titled “Bittersweet.”


"Bittersweetness is a tendency to states of long­ing, poignancy, and sorrow; an acute

aware­ness of passing time; and a curiously piercing joy at the beauty of the world. It recognizes that light and dark, birth and death—bitter and sweet—are forever paired. 


If you’ve ever wondered why you like sad music . . . 

If you find comfort or inspiration in a rainy day . . . 

If you react intensely to music, art, nature, and beauty . . .


Then you probably identify with the bitter­sweet state of mind.


A bittersweet state of mind is the quiet force that helps us transcend our personal and collective pain, whether from a 

death or breakup, addiction or illness. If we don’t acknowledge our own heartache, she says, we can end up inflicting it on others via abuse, domination, or neglect. But if we realize that all humans know—or will know—loss and suffering, we can turn toward one another."


The 610 Arts Collective asks you to interpret the word “Bittersweet” through your own unique perspective and experience of life. 


For more inspiration, you can watch Susan Cain’s TED talk, “The Hidden Power of Sad Songs and Rainy Days”, listen to this podcast, or read the book, “Bittersweet.



$30 per person. Fee includes an ultra smooth, gesso primed wooden panel. You will receive the panel upon registration. To register, bring a printed and signed copy of this form to the 610 Arts Collective along with your payment. 



1. All work must be for sale and priced under $400. 65% proceeds from sales will go to the artist and 35% will go to 610 Gallery, Ridgway Chautauqua Society. 


2. Artist Statement: Must be between 100-500 words, single spaced, 12 point Arial font. Statements should articulate how your visual imagery conveys, interprets, responds to or connects with the theme.


3. Must use the given substrate. 

  • 3D and sculptural elements are permitted within the following parameters: 

  • Work may not exceed 2.5” off of the panel in any direction.


Details about the substrate:  

Ultra smooth, gesso primed wooden panel. Dimensions: 12” x 16” with a 2” depth. The buffed finish readily accepts technical drawing pens, graphite and colored pencils, conte’, charcoal, oil, acrylic gouaches, and more. Seal with an archival spray fixative appropriate for your individual medium (or varnish for paintings) for a dramatic, frameless presentation of your artwork.”


Artwork must be brought to the 610 Arts Collective on January (INSERT DATES) between 10-3pm.



Work must be picked up from the gallery on (INSTERT DATES) between (INSERT TIMES). Works not removed on these days will be placed in storage and released at the gallery's convenience. 



All artwork will be handled with the utmost care by experienced gallery personnel. Pieces are insured for damage or theft from (INSTERT DATES) while in the gallery. The 610 Gallery, however, will not be responsible for any loss or damage  to the work during transportation to or from the gallery. 


Submission Regulations:
Gallery reserves the right to reject hanging any artwork. Late-arriving work will be hung at the subjection of the gallery. Work must remain for the duration of the exhibition.  



Show opens with a reception on (INSERT DATE HERE) and artists are highly encouraged to attend.



There will be 2 cash prizes. People’s Choice Award and the 610 Choice Award.