Harbour View Gallery is Cape Coral’s sole artists-owned co-op gallery, and all of the artwork and gallery personnel are created by local artists who have been selected through a juried exhibition.
The gallery has a well-attended monthly featured artists program and often features the work of other local artists working in a variety of mediums. Each month’s featured artists are celebrated with a public event from 6 to 8 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month.
The gallery has been open since the fall of 2007, and since then it has welcomed over 300 local artists through its four artists programs (Extended Visiting Artist, Featured Artist, Managing Member, and Associate Member).
Harbour View Gallery’s Monthly Featured Artist program has been going strong ever since it first opened, with both two- and three-dimensional works receiving a lot of attention. This course is offered all through the year. Artists have a monthly showcase and sales opportunity thanks to this service. The gallery promotes these two artists throughout the month with online content, press releases, and a wine reception.
In order to be considered, artists must complete out the gallery’s Featured Artist Application and submit it together with examples of their work and a brief biography. Members of the gallery’s management team will evaluate these submissions. The exhibit will feature either two- or three-dimensional works by the artist, but not both. The Featured Artist Director makes initial contact with the artist when selection is complete and serves as the primary point of contact for all subsequent communications. Email serves as the primary means of communication. If the proposal is accepted, the Director and the Artist agree on a month for the exhibition. After agreeing on a specific month, the artist must sign and return the Artist’s Consignment Agreement to the program director as soon as possible to secure the slot. The gallery receives 40% of all proceeds from sales.
Candidates submit the necessary information on the Extended Visiting Artist Application to the gallery’s managing members for consideration. The gallery accepts artwork from artists on a space-available basis and sells it for a length of time decided upon by the gallery’s members. The Artists Consignment Agreement requires the artist’s approval and signature. As soon as the artist is accepted, the program director will provide them a copy of this contract.
The management members have a juried selection process to choose who will become an associate member based on their artwork, credentials, and references. To become an Associate Member, you must submit an Associate Member Application and agree to work four (4.5 hour) gallery shifts per month, in addition to other behind-the-scenes gallery activities, for a minimum of one year. The gallery takes a 25% commission on any artwork sold by an associate member.