Small Works for the Gift Shop Gallery


Do you create small original artwork?

Blue Cat recently added a "Gift Shop Gallery" and is looking for artists who create small pieces such as jewelry, cards, original prints, small pottery pieces and more. Retail prices should be set at $100 or less. Blue Cat retains 25% commission on all sales.

Would you like to include your pieces in the gift shop gallery?

Send jpg images of examples of your artwork to: with a brief message expressing your interest and information about the work you create. Blue Cat will respond within 1-2 weeks of inquiry to discuss details with you.

Propose an exhibit


Submit your work to show at Blue Cat

Blue Cat runs exhibits from March to December each year. Most exhibits are scheduled for two months, but exceptions may be made. Submit a proposal for an individual or group show. Include the following information and materials listed below when submitting your proposal.

Deadline: ongoing (currently considering work for exhibits in 2020-2021)

Materials and information to include:

  1. 3-5 images in jpg format for individuals (2-3 images per artist for group proposals)
  2. Image list: title, medium, size, date, price (pdf format)
  3. Resume/CV - pdf format
  4. Biography narrative (1-2 paragraphs about you and your work) - pdf format
  5. Artist Statement (no more than one page) - pdf format

Where to submit your materials

Email your jps and documents in PDF format to:

In the subject line, type "Blue Cat Artist Proposal"

Expect a response within 1-2 weeks of emailing your materials

Call for Entries

"Signs of Rural Life" Juried Exhibit

Enter your chicken and other rural-themed art into this annual juried exhibit, which opens coinciding with Wayne America's annual community festival, the Wayne Chicken Show.

This year's deadline has passed. Make plans to enter your rural-themed artwork in 2020.

"Signs of Rural Life" Entry Form (pdf)


Important Dates for the 2019 "Signs of Rural Life" Exhibit

· June 1 - Submission deadline

· June 15 - Notification of acceptance

· July 1-9 - Deliver work to Blue Cat

· July 10-Aug 31 - Exhibit on display

· July 12 - Opening Reception

· Sept 1-7 - Return unsold work to artists


· Best of Show - $250

· People's Choice - $75


· Open to artists of all career levels from emerging to professional, 18 years of age or older

· Submit up to three entries created in the last two years; $25 non-refundable entry fee required

· Max Size: no one side larger than 50” (3-D work requiring a pedestal, no more than 20” wide or deep)

· Any media including painting, works on paper, printmaking, photography, sculpture (excluding installation art)

· Works must be display ready (wrapped canvases are permitted, 2-D work must be wired and ready for hanging)

· By entering the exhibit, artists whose works are selected for the show grant Blue Cat Gallery & Studio the right to use submitted images on printed materials, gallery website & social media sites for promotional purposes.

· Artwork accepted for the exhibit must be for sale. Blue Cat Gallery will receive a 25% commission for each work sold from the exhibit. Payment for works sold during the show will be issued within 30 days of the end of the exhibit.

About the Juror: Amber Hansen

Amber Hansen is a filmmaker, muralist, visual artist and musician creating socially engaged and community-based artwork throughout the Midwest. Establishing a dialogue between her formal education and the ethics of her rural upbringing, Hansen’s work promotes the value of creative engagement for all ages while raising questions about the ethics of animal welfare and humans relationship with food. Hansen is the co-director & co-editor of the feature documentary Called to Walls, a film that celebrates the potential of community-based art in the Middle of the U.S. through the mural works of Dave Loewenstein. She is currently the Assistant Professor at the University of South Dakota where she teaches painting.  

Call For Artists - Under Two Hundred


November-December 2020 Exhibit

Do you have small "gift-able" pieces in your inventory? Blue Cat hangs a salon-style show during the holiday season with an opening reception coinciding with Wayne's Christmas on Main Street event.

Blue Cat begins reviewing work for the annual show in July.

How to be part of the show?

  1. All original hand-crafted mediums will be considered: jewelry, ceramics, drawings, paintings, printmaking, sculpture, etc.
  2. Each work must be priced at $200 or less.
  3. Send 3-5 jpgs of images that represent the work you would like to include in the exhibit, an image list (title, medium, size, date, price), and a short bio/artist statement to
  4. Type "Under Two Hundred" in the subject line.
  5. Deadline to submit images: Oct 11, 2020
  6. If work is accepted, deliver work to the gallery: dates and times to be determined (work may be mailed or shipped but must include a pre-paid return label and NO foam peanuts).
  7. Blue Cat reserves the right to exclude any work from the exhibit that does not reasonably resemble the images that were accepted.
  8. Framing optional: Works on paper may be neatly hinge-matted; paintings on canvas may be gallery-wrapped and edges painted. Framed and works on canvas should be wired for hanging. (Any work deemed unsuitable for display will be excluded from the show and returned at the artist's expense.) 

For more information:

Email your questions to:

Or give us a call: 402-454-5144