Parkside Open Door Gallery


or “The Parkside Gift Shop,” DBA,    in the Fountain City Art Center       

213 Hotel AvenueKnoxville, Tennessee 37918

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   Pendleton, Trewhitt, and Henderson      Bob Meadows



The Parkside Open Door Gallery was created in October, 2004, to encourage local artists to display and sell their work. (Parkside, because we are located beside the Fountain City Park. Open Door, because we are open to all artists in the area and are not separated from the rest of the Center by a door.) There are many talented artists in our community, but often they are overlooked. Some may lack marketing skills and opportunities, while others may lack the self-confidence to show their work.

The Gallery is located inside the Fountain City Art Center, itself a public, non-profit facility offering a variety of creative visual art experiences, from exhibits to classes. The Center is also a meeting place for sharing points of view, encouraging and inspiring one another. The traffic generated by the Art Center provides a ready market for the Gallery artists. The Gallery continues to be a living, growing organism composed of and controlled by the members of the community for whom it was designed.

Standards and Criteria for Membership

All artwork submitted to the Gallery will be reviewed by the membership of the Gallery according to the following criteria:

Originality/Creativity – No copies, please. New ideas, methods or subject matter

Artistic Ability – Skillful use of media

Overall Quality of Execution- Consistency from piece to piece

Subject Matter – Appealing visually, suitable for family viewing

Appeal and Impact- Overall pleasing or thought-provoking

For Paintings/Drawings/Other 2-D Art:

Composition: Good use of space, darks/lights, other good design principles

Presentation: Frames and/or mats should enhance artwork, not overpower it

Prospective members should present 3-4 representative examples of their work prior to the quarterly membership meetings. Meetings are held the third Mondays of January, April, July and October. The work will be reviewed by the attending members, and prospective members will be notified within a week after the meeting.

A fee of $25.00 per quarter is charged for membership in the Gallery with an additional commission of 20% for artwork sold. (Artists receive 80% for each sale made.) A contract must be signed before any work can be accepted.

As a rule, three pieces per artist will be accepted for hanging. The number of 3-D works depends on space available. Artists may also offer matted originals or prints of their work in bins, providing they are properly shrink-wrapped. All art for hanging must be properly framed (except gallery-wrapped canvasses) and wired. Plexiglass is preferred, as the Gallery cannot be responsible for broken glass.


Guidelines and Contract

Submitting Artwork

Our purpose is to showcase local talent. We accept work from Knoxville and the surrounding counties.

Bring 3 to 4 examples of your work to the Gallery before a quarterly membership meeting (meetings are always the third Monday of January, April, July and October). The members present at the meeting will evaluate your submissions and notify you with the results.

At times, the Gallery’s space may be filled. If this is the case, you may put your name and contact information on the waiting list. As space becomes available, artists will be contacted according to the order in which they signed up.

All work submitted for jurying or for sale must be original work by the artist. (We do welcome prints of an artist’s original work, properly packaged and shrink-wrapped. Prints are placed in bins, not hung.)

At this time we are considering the following categories: two-dimensional works in all media, stained glass, photography, sculpture, pottery, dishware, handmade clothing, stationery, handmade books, woodwork. Other items considered on a case-by-case basis. Jewelry is on hold as currently as we are well-represented.

Once your work has been accepted, you should not have to go through the process every time you change out your work. However, if the quality and nature of your work is not up to the standard of your originally submitted pieces, the Gallery reserves the right to refuse to display it.

Display Requirements

When you bring your artwork for display, check with the staff on duty. If needed, request sales tags and fill out the form detailing all necessary information about your work (title, medium, size, price, etc.). Staff will either hang or place your work or assist you.

2-D work to be hung should be framed (except gallery-wrapped canvas). You MUST use picture frame wire of sufficient strength to support the weight of the work. The wire should be attached to the frame 1/3 of the way from the top.

Matted work should be shrink-wrapped or the equivalent with heavy board. These will be kept in bins with prints unless appropriate hanging materials are provided.

You can display three 2-D works for hanging or three sculptures with the following exceptions:

  • 2-D work should not exceed 30″ x 40″ framed or matted. If one or more works exceeds this size, only two can be displayed.

If all your 2-D work is under 10″ x 12″ framed or matted, then you may submit more pieces.

With 3-D work, the number of pieces will be determined by size. If your work is unusually large, the number displayed may be restricted.

You may also place up to five additional pieces in the display bins. These may be prints of your original work properly packaged.

Replacing Work each Quarter

We want to provide visitors (customers) to the Gallery with new and exciting art as often as possible. Therefore, we ask that you change out your work every 3 months. Also, as you sell pieces, you can bring in new work to replace those items. Artwork in the bins do not have to be replaced every quarter.

Fees and Contract

If your work has been accepted and you are ready to exhibit, you will need to sign the attached contract. You agree to display your work and pay fees quarterly for one year. You can automatically renew the contract at the end of the year.

You will pay $25.00 per quarter beginning with your first display items. Future payments are due at the beginning of each quarter when you change out your work. Your quarter is based on when you begin to display. Expect a phone call if you do not come by the Gallery at the end of the quarter to pay and change out your work. Your work will be removed from display within five days if there is no response.

Unlike most co-ops, we do not require members to become part of the volunteer staff. However we do offer the opportunity to earn credit towards your fees (after the first quarter) by volunteering your time. You should thoroughly read the Guidelines for Volunteers before you decide. There is more than just sitting at the desk.

Membership meetings are held quarterly on the 3rd Monday of the new quarter. You, as a member, are required to attend a minimum of 2 of the 4 quarterly meetings effective July 2014.  If you have not attended at least 2 meetings, your artwork will be removed from the Gallery at the end of a year and you will be notified to pick it up at that time.  You may request to be re-juried at the end of 1 year.  Volunteer opportunities on Saturday morning or at concerts, receptions may be used in lieu of meeting attendance.  Contact your PODG president to make arrangements.

Insurance for your Artwork

The Art Center has limited insurance for “property of others.” Most Galleries, remember, make no guarantees, but we’d like to at least partially compensate our members against damaged or stolen work. In the event of a fire or other catastrophe which causes the loss of all work simultaneously, we divide the coverage fairly among all participating artists. Your compensation would be considerably smaller in such a case. Otherwise, we will cover your work for 80% of its sale price or up to $500.00 per work, providing that no doubt exists about the legitimate nature of the loss or damage.

Sales Commission

After expenses, the Gallery gives 100% of all fees and commissions to the Fountain City Art Center. If we sell a piece of your art, you will receive a check for 80% of its sale price within a month of the sale. The Gallery retains 20%for phone, taxes, licensing fees, rent, and supplies. You are responsible for reporting your earnings to the appropriate government departments, but those who make over $600 in one calendar year will receive an IRS 1099 Misc. Form from the Parkside Treasurer.




Contractual Agreement between the Parkside Open Door Gallery, Inc., located in the Fountain City Art Center, and ____________________________________ (full legal name of the artist).

I have read the complete “Guidelines and Contract for the Gallery” and agree to abide by all the stated conditions for displaying and selling my artwork.

Today is ________________________ (month, day, year), (January, April, July, October) which is the beginning of my first quarter of display and the date of my first fee payment of $25.00. I agree to display my work and pay quarterly fees for one full year.


Signature of Artist: ____________________________________________




Signature of two members of the Gallery or other qualified staff on duty:


Staff Name:___________________________________ Date:____________________


Staff Name:___________________________________ Date:____________________


Two copies of the above contract will be signed. The artist will retain one copy and the second will be kept with the records of the Gallery.





at the Fountain City Art Center

213 Hotel Avenue

Knoxville, Tennessee 37918






Name _____________________________________   Phone _________________________


Address_______________________________ City______________ State___ Zip_________


Email Address ______________________________________________




Description of art/craft_____________________________________________________________________


Your work will be juried by members present at the next quarterly meeting and you will be notified within the week following by the PODG President.

I have reviewed the Standards and guidelines of the Parkside Open Door Gallery.


Signature __________________________________________


213 Hotel Ave., Knoxville, TN 37918


Schedule for New Member Applications


The Parkside Open Door Gallery will be accepting applications for new members

on the following dates:

October 13 and 14, 2016 (Work juried by the membership October 17.)

January 12 and 13, 2017 (Work juried by the membership on January 16.)

April 13 and 14, 2017 (Work juried by the membership on April 17.)

July 13 and 14, 2017 (Work juried by membership July 17.)

October 12 and 13, 2017 (Work juried by the membership October 16, 2017

Applicants should bring three (3) pieces of their work to be juried into the Parkside Open Door Gallery, (an artists’ market or co-operative located in the Fountain City Art Center).

Bring work during regular business hours on the dates listed above along with a completed application. Include your name, phone number, email address, title, medium and price on the back of each painting. If you have brought smaller items, tag or label each one, including an item number, especially for small pieces like jewelry.


Applicants will be contacted by the PODG President. If your work is juried in, you should sign 2 copies of the contract and pay for at least one quarter, $25. When you make a sale, you will receive a check for 80% of the sale price. If you make over $500 in a year, you will receive a Form 1099Misc. in January.


We keep a green notebook for artists to enter the items brought to PODG or taken out of PODG or sold. It is your responsibility to keep your inventory sheet up to date.


If you have any questions, email Bob Meadows at, or Sylvia Williams at