Hopefully any question you have about our gallery and exhibits can get answered on this page. If not, please do not hesitate to contact us, and we'll be more than happy to help!
The Hanover Area Arts Guild, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. It always welcomes new members who bring talents and ideas, helping to keep the organization growing. It is a source of enjoyment for those who participate. The Guild also welcomes those who do not desire to become active members, but enjoy and support the artistic abilities of others. The Guild relies on members volunteering their time and talents to keep the Gallery operating.
1. Sales donations to Guild on items sold: 20% on items $100.00 or under 30% on items over $100.00. A check will be mailed to you a few days after the end of each month.
2. The Gallery requires no donation on any order or referral a member may obtain by exhibiting his or her work in the Gallery.
3. Volunteer Incentive: Any active member volunteering 35 or more hours annually to staff the Gallery will pay a 15% donation on sales for one full year.
4. Judged Guild Shows: Active members are automatically eligible to participate in shows. Specialty show promotional costs are shared equally by participating members of said shows. NOTE: Due to the importance of our judged shows (which may include: Spring/Fall/Juried Shows) only work not shown in the Gallery before will be accepted for these shows. This is only for the judged shows and not for our other monthly shows.
5. Art Classes & Workshops: All members will be granted a discount on all art and craft classes and workshops given by Guild instructors.
6. Bi-Monthly Newsletter: All members receive newsletters on Guild activities every other month.
7. A personal Artist Page is available, at no cost, to show pictures of your work on this website. If you are interested, contact the front desk for more information.
8. Standards: We reserve the right to reject any members' work which is not the original creation of the artist. All work must be original. Copies of another's work, kits, or patterns are not acceptable. The work should evidence a designer/craftsman nature, and/or reflect one's own style. Commercially produced elements may not comprise a major component of any work.
9. All work displayed in the Gallery must be for sale, except for a 1 or 2 man show, unless otherwise noted regarding a particular monthly exhibit.
Upon expiration of membership, any property left at the Gallery by the former member will become the property of the Hanover Area Arts Guild after 60 days.
Procedures for signing in your artwork
When you are bringing your artwork to be displayed in the Gallery, there is a SIGN-IN binder at the front desk. Each item is listed with your assigned artist #, title or description, and price (exception: if you have multiple items of the same price, example packs of cards, a bin of prints, etc.). The person at the front desk will answer any questions you may have.
Removing your artwork from the Gallery
Your artwork can be removed anytime the artist desires, during regular business hours, by updating your list in the SIGN-IN/OUT binder (exception: if your artwork is part of a special monthly show, it should remain during the show). We recommend that hanging art be rotated with new work every few months, keeping the Gallery fresh with new and changing art.
Monthly Show Themes
For hanging art, each month the Gallery has either a different theme or an All-Member Special Show. 3-Dimensional art or craft items may remain in the Gallery during these shows. There is one exception, however. During the Area School Student Show in March, all hanging art and items not in the lighted cases should be removed. This show fills both Gallery rooms with student art. The Annual Fall Show in November is a special show, requiring that all hanging art and 3-dimensional art being judged for prizes be new to the Gallery.
Displaying your Art
The Gallery hanging committee will hang all monthly shows, usually the first Tuesday of each month. We encourage all hanging art to be brought in the previous Friday or Saturday. Check your Newsletter for the exact dates. All hanging art must have a hanging wire on back and be labeled with an art tag (available at the counter) with your Artist #, Name, Title and Price, attached to the back, lower right side. Jewelry and high-priced craft items should be displayed in the glass lighted cases. Craft items may be arranged on tables in the Gallery, or crafters may bring their own tables with the approval of the Gallery Hanging Committee. Each craft item must be labeled with at least your Artist # and price, with an attached tag or stick-on label.
Artist of the Month Display
Each month an artist displays their paintings or crafts on the right wall when you first walk into the gallery. This is a great way to showcase your work for other members and the public. Because it is open to public view, we ask that all works be "family friendly". Contact the front desk to let us know you are interested in signing up.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What are the gallery's hours of operation?
We are open to the general public Tuesday - Thursday 10am - 5pm, Friday 10am - 7pm, and Saturday 10am - 3pm. During these times there will be someone at the front desk to help with any of your needs. We are closed Sunday, Monday and holidays.
Do you show and sell works from famous artists?
We are here to support and showcase local artists as they grow and develop their individual talents and businesses. "Famous" is a relative term; we'd all love to be famous one day, so although we don't have any Van Gogh, Monet, or Pollock original pieces, we have plenty of talented artists who use similar techniques!
I have some framed art I'd like to get rid of. Do you buy works of art from people's personal collections?
We only showcase work from current Guild members, and we do not buy pieces from the general public. However, we can refer you to local art appraisers if you think it might be worth something!
I have some old paintings that need to be cleaned/fixed. Can you help me?
While we personally don't offer that, we can refer you to some great art restoration services!
Do you have a layaway policy?
Yes! We will be glad to hold items for our customers, but with the following conditions:
- A deposit of 50% of the marked price is required. Make sure you ask for a dated receipt.
- The item must be paid in full within two weeks of the date of the layaway.
- If the item is not paid in full on time, it will go back on sale, and the deposit will be forfeited.
How much does it cost to become a Guild member?
Active (adult) membership: $50/year.
Family membership: $70/year.
Student (K-College) membership: $15/year.
Supporting membership: >$40/year.
Our fiscal year starts in September, and we do have a prorated policy if you become a member before or after September. Come August, we will notify all current members that their renewal is due. Check out our Membership Application for more info.
What are the benefits of becoming a Guild member?
Becoming a member allows you to show and sell you work in our gallery. You'll be added to our mailing list, and will receive bi-monthly newsletters and important gallery info. Also, Guild members receive a discount for classes and workshops that we offer!
You say you offer classes. Do you have to have art training already under your belt for these?
Not necessarily! All of our instructors are current Guild members, some even have decades of teaching experience to give you the knowledge and support you need to develop your skills. While some classes and workshops are more advanced, we do offer a variety of beginners and 1o1-type opportunities! Check out Learning at Art Downtown to see what classes we are currently offering.