∙ How do I join? Send us an email via the Contact Us page and we'll send you a membership form.
∙ Do I have be juried in? No. We accept all artists. Please keep in mind that many of the businesses where we exhibit have families viewing the work. This is not to say that nudity is censored but keep in mind the viewers. Also, the business owner does have the right to refuse to hang the any piece of art for any reason.
∙ Will my work be safe? When you fill out a membership form, you will be agreeing that neither Cyber Art 509 nor the business owner will be responsible for accidental damage to your art work. The businesses assure they will take the utmost care to prevent accidents to our work.
∙ How much are dues? Is there a charge to exhibit somewhere? Dues are $12/year and collected in January. New members will pay a pro rated amount. Dues are used for hanging supplies and Tour de Arts (see below) and for an occasional work shop. The spreadsheets for tracking dues and expenses are available to any member at any time. Businesses do not charge or pay artists to exhibit their artwork.
∙ Where do I send my dues? Make payable to Cyber Art 509 and mail to Pat Fleming, 106429 E. Badger Rd., Kennewick WA 99338
∙ I am a member, why doesn’t my name show up on the Cyber Art website? The website is for showcasing a member’s work. This gives interested parties an idea of the type of work an artist does. Some artists have received commissioned work based on their art being shown on this website. A member must send Pat Fleming (firstname.lastname@example.org) photographs of their work in order for a page on the website to be created for that member. A short blurb about the artist and a photo of the artist are also encouraged.
∙ Can I hang matted work without frames? Art work to be hung on walls must be sturdy and therefore must be framed or have wrap around edges on canvases (gallery wrap). All work must be wired. No prong hangers or other methods will be allowed.
∙ Do I have to be an adult to be a member? You must be 18.
∙ What is Tour de Arts? This is an outspringing from Cyber Art 509 started by our member Pam Sharp. She and a hardworking committee put on the first tour in September 2016 and it consisted of a Thursday night Soiree at Tucannon Cellars in Benton City where all participating members showcased a few of their pieces of art and over 100 art lovers attended. This evening of appetizers and wine was the kick off for the next two days of tours at 21 different venues featuring 35 artists. The committee advertised, found sponsors, and created signage for each venue and a website with maps for self guided tours. It was well attended for a first year with 743 people attending venues and over $14,000 in sales. The 2017 tour will be October 20 and 21st. Here is a link http://www.509tourdearts.com/
∙ Where is Cyber Art 509 currently showing? Richland Library, 955 Northgate Dr. Richland; Smokestop Vapor, 113 W. Kennewick Ave, Kennewick; Kennewick Library, 1620 S. Union, Kennewick; Tucannon Cellars, 40504 DeMoss Rd, Benton City; Blessed on First, 123 W. First, Kennewick; Attorney General’s Office, 8127 W Klamath Ct, #A, Kennewick; Viewpoint Dentistry, 90 Columbia Point (across from Winco), Richland. Enercon, 8904 W Tucannon Ave, Suite B, Kennewick.
∙ Do the venues sell my work? The way it works at a venue is anyone wishing to purchase your art would contact you directly based on the card you place next to your art piece. The card (business card size) should contain the title, price, artist’s name and contact info (exceptions are the library and the AG’s office who cannot allow prices on the cards). We do have blank cards available the day of hanging that you can fill in and use if you don’t have any. The exception to this “contact the artist” procedure is Smokestop Vapor in downtown Kennewick who will sell the art directly to a buyer and take 15% commission.
∙ Are there ever any new places to hang our art besides the established venues? Yes, sometimes we have random requests. For example, when the musical Ragtime was being presented at the Richland High School, we had a request for themed artwork for their lobby.
∙ Does Cyber Art 509 have meetings? We have monthly salons for any members who just like to get together and share like minded ideas. These are in no way mandatory and spouses are welcome. The salons are the 2nd Friday of each month and the place is set out in the weekly Friday art calendar which is emailed to everyone. These salons are also potluck and byob.
∙ Does Cyber Art 509 have a Facebook page? Yes. Search for Cyber Art 509 (keep in the spaces) or use this link https://www.facebook.com/Cyber-Art-509-147189792035364/?ref=bookmarks. If you want something posted, you can contact one of the managers: Pat Fleming, Greg Ashby, or Carol Ashby.
∙ How do we know when a venue will be hung or rehung? Mr. Pat first contacts the owner of the business to arrange a good time for them. We try to arrange for them on weekends for those artists who work but that is not always possible. Once he has a good date, he emails the group. He will often say something like, “Bring 3 pieces and expect that you may have to take 1 home depending on how many show up.” Our current venues like to keep our work up for 60 days (exception is the Attorney General’s Office which is 90 days). You are expected to bring the email-suggested number of pieces to the hanging and to help hang (exception is Tucannon Cellars where there is a hanging committee who will hang). All artists at a hanging will hang one piece first and if there is still room, they may hang their second piece and so forth. They are also expected to return on the next hanging day to remove their art unless they arrange with another artist to do it for them.
∙ Do I have to leave my work up the entire 60 days? What if I want to show it somewhere else during that time? You should choose art that can remain up for the entire time. There are some exceptions. For example, the artist has sold the painting. Artists should not remove their work during the hanging period without contacting Mr. Pat so that a replacement piece can be put up. This is also for the protection of the artist’s work. No one unknown to the business should be going in and taking down artwork. Sometimes, Mr. Pat will contact the business to tell them that a certain artist is coming in.
∙ My art is 3D (jewelry, sculpture, pottery, turned wood, glass, etc.) is there anyplace I can show? We are trying to find places for 3D art but unfortunately most businesses can’t afford the floor space. The Attorney General’s Office has some glassed cases in their lobby. Some jewelers have used shadow boxes. We have had random showings (aka pop-up exhibits) where we have set up booths where 3D art can be shown.