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Participant Application Guidelines

We encourage new people to come see the Salon to learn and be inspired, and we look forward to welcoming new participants into our Salon family.  

Becoming a Participant in Salon


A Participant is defined as those who exhibit and demonstrate:
Salon is a gathering of skillful, like-minded individuals who come together to share techniques and ideas around the traditional craft of Decorative Paint work.  The public arena is intended to inspire and educate.  It is not a venue to promote oneself, school, or commercial interests.   
If you are invited to participate come prepared for these important aspects of Salon. 


Frequently asked questions:


1. How do I apply to participate in the Salon?
To apply to the Salon, contact the host of the next Salon.
You may send an email with a brief biographical paragraph of your professional experience as a decorative artist. Included should be at least three example images of your work and a link to your website, etc..  If approved, you will be invited to create an exhibition panel.

Your first time exhibiting is also part of your application.  
In advance of the host-stated deadline, detailed photos of the actual finished panel you wish to exhibit must be emailed to the host for review by a committee of Board members.  

2.  What shall I paint?
Your exhibition panel should display your mastery of technique.  Show your best work. Sometimes the Salon has a theme which may inspire your painting.  The host will inform participants of space or size limitations


3.  What shall I demonstrate?

Plan to demonstrate something of your particular expertise, and bring appropriate substrate and any special materials you will need for it.  Bring your own favorite brushes and tools to use.  You will be demonstrating concurrently with other participants, in an informal setting.  Be prepared to answer questions about your work and share your knowledge with other participants and visiting students.  

You should also allow yourself time to observe other artists, participate in discussions, or work on the group mural or other group project.

4.  After my first Salon, am I a Participant for future Salons?
New participants  will need to be approved by the Board.  Shortly after the Salon, expect to be contacted by the Host about your application.
If your exhibition panel does not portray the expected skill level of a Salon participant,  the Board may request you reapply the following year.  

5.  Conduct
It is important for Salon participants to maintain a professional level of decorum at all times.  Undesirable or offensive behavior that is damaging to the image of Salon and its contributing sponsors cannot be tolerated.  Complaints brought to the Board of such behavior, will result in a probationary period imposed on the offending participant.  If they choose not to change their behavior, for the good of the Salon, they will loose their status as a participant.

Decorative Painting Techniques
Types of work found at the Salon
Imitation finishes:  
Faux bois ~ faux marbre - Wood Graining and  Marbling
Trompe L’oeil
-Velum and Drapery techniques
- Anamorphosis
Painted Furniture & Instruments
Painted Illustration
Painted Ornament
Scenic work & cloud ceilings (for theater and film)
Calligraphy and Illumination
Gilding,  pastiglia, and sgraffito.
Church decoration
Sign Writing
Drawn and Painted lettering
Traditional Sign Glasswork: etching, gilding, and painting
Verre Églomisé
Fresco Painting
Large-scale street art
Fantasy and exotic paint effects
Distressing, Aging, and Patinas
Fairground Art


Kim Dokka - 2010
updated by Lynne Rutter - 2022

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