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July 16 - August 18, 2017

Call for Entries: Hardly Strictly Mini: A Biennial Benefit Exhibition

 This November Bolinas Museum will present the biennial holiday benefit exhibition, the Hardly Strictly Mini: A Biennial Benefit Exhibition (named with the approval of the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival folks), where sales benefit both the artists and the museum. If you are interested in being considered for the lottery please see the information below. The July 21 deadline is coming up soon!

Calling all artists to join in the lottery for the Museum’s beloved biennial benefit exhibition. Due to the popularity of the show, limited space, and in order to give all artists an equal opportunity, 60 artists are selected from a lottery. Originally called The Mini Show, the new iteration gives selected artists a choice of submitting three minis no larger then six inches in any dimension, or one hardly mini no larger than eighteen inches in any dimension. Any theme, style or medium is welcome. This is a great chance to show in the main gallery with artists from the Coastal Marin community and beyond!

How to Participate
If you are an artist who has participated in past Mini Shows, or the last Hardly Strictly Mini Show, or if you have had a solo exhibition in one of the Museum’s galleries - you are automatically entered in the lottery! The opt-out deadline is July 21, and the notification, if your name has been drawn, is scheduled for August 18. New artists are encouraged to apply to be added to the lottery. See how to submit below.

July 21: Deadline for Past Mini Show Participants to Opt Out of the Lottery

If you do not want to participate, or are unable to meet the requirements this year, please send us an email with Opt Out in the subject heading to

 at your earliest convenience, but no later than July 21, so that we may increase the chances for others to participate.

July 21: Deadline For New Artists To Submit
Coastal Marin artists are encouraged to participate, though any artist with connection to Bolinas is welcome to apply. If you are an actively working artist who has not exhibited in the Mini Shows previously and would like to be considered for inclusion in the lottery, please email with the following for a curatorial consideration:
1) Your complete contact information including mailing address, phone number, and email.
2) Three to five images of examples of your recent work, or your website address.
3) Your resume and /or a brief artist’s statement.


August 4: New Artists Notified of Inclusion in Lottery


August 8: Lottery Drawing

August 10: Museum Curators Invite Additional Artists                                        Bolinas Museum exhibition curators from the last two years will each invite two additional artists.


August 18: Notification                                                                                                If your name has been drawn, you will be notified by email and given the specific requirements to participate with important deadlines and guidelines. (If you do not have email, a letter will be sent by mail.) If you do not receive a notification on August 18th, we apologize - your name was not drawn.


September 1: Deadline for Lottery Artists To Confirm Participation                      Lottery artists must confirm participation by contacting or 415-868-2006. Artists who do not confirm will be replaced!

November 12: Delivery of Artworks                                                                     Participating artists must deliver artwork with completed paperwork by mail or in person between November 10th and 12th. Deliveries received after November 12th will not be accepted.

November 17: Major Donor Preview                                                                     Private reception for museum members at the $100 level and above.


November 18: Opening Reception & Holiday Party                                                     A community gathering free & open to the public. We hope all participating artists will attend to see old friends and meet new people in the arts community.

* This benefit exhibition is the only time the museum makes direct sales in the main gallery. Artists may choose to receive up to 50% of the sale. As well as supporting our artist community, this is an important fundraiser for the museum, so 100% donations from the artists are deeply appreciated and will be acknowledged on their art work’s label.

Thank you for your support!