"Red Rain" by Gemelya Barros. Photo by Steve Lapham. Image Source: RI Coalition Against Gun Violence.

Show Dates: Saturday, January 29th - Wednesday March 16th.

Gallery Opening: Saturday, February 12 from 6-8 




We’ve had to put this show on hold in the recent past due to the pandemic, but HeARTspot has made a tradition of spotlighting local talent within the African American Visual Arts community during the month of February in honor of Black History Month.

We’re seeking artists of color who work in a variety of 2D and 3D media. This is a juried show, meant to showcase a wide variety of works and various themes. 




You may submit up to 4 pieces for consideration. All 2D and 3D forms of art that can hang safely on a wall will be considered. Sculpture requiring a pedestal will also be allowed if no bigger than 18”x18” at the base, weighing no more than 50 lbs. Free standing sculpture requiring no base will also be considered.


All work must be securely wired for hanging and gallery ready. Work not properly wired will not be hung even if work has been accepted into the show. No sawtooth hangers or clips. No flimsy plastic frames. Unframed paintings must be professionally presented (no staples showing/sides painted). All work must be for sale. 




1) Fill out application form. (For File Uploads: Image files must be JPG files, no more than 2 MB. High quality images are important for the selection process and will be considered for promotion. (Having trouble with a file that’s too big/won’t upload? A quick Google search will teach you how to do it easily.)


2) Pay submission fee $35 via PayPal link at bottom of page. Prefer Venmo? Send fee to @JGCahoon_Artist. You may also request an invoice via email that can be paid with any credit or debit card by contacting NO ENTRY WILL BE CONSIDERED UNTIL SUBMISSION FEE IS PAID. A paid submission fee is no guarantee of being accepted into the show. Submission fees are not refundable should work not be accepted into the exhibition. 




Entries MUST be received by Sunday, January 9th. 




Gemelya "Gem" Barros: Ms. Barros is an abstract expressionist, multi-media artist residing in Providence, Rhode Island. She is also the founder of the Healing through Art Program, for which she was just bestowed the honor of the RI NAACP Rosa Parks Award. Events in her life have led her to create this organization and to share her testimony and her experiences through art. One easel and one canvas at a time - at her own cost - she has run events with one goal: to share the love of creation and creative arts as a tool to improve quality of life. Says Barros: "The creative art process provides many opportunities for individuals to enrich their lives while they explore a variety of art media, learn about self, build self esteem, develop communication skills, and work though personal issues." You can learn more about what set her on this path here.




Entrants will be notified by email no later than Saturday 15th.




Thursday, January 20th from 11-2 and Saturday, January 22nd from 12-3.




First Place/ Best In Show: $100

Second Place: $75

Honorable Mention/Juror’s Selection: Certificate of Recognition

Honorable Mention/Gallerist’s Selection: Certificate of Recognition




Thursday, March 17th from 11-2 or on Saturday, March 19th from 12-3. Failure to pick up work on designated days will result in a $10 storage fee/week. You may assign a 3rd party to pick up work for you if needed. Payments for sold work will be paid after pick up dates. 

By submitting this form you have agreed to the following terms and conditions. READ CAREFULLY:

The artist affirms that all works of art submitted are original. All artworks must be for sale. No NFS items will be accepted. Do not submit artwork that may not be available after acceptance. The artist determines the price agreed upon at drop-off and understands that HeARTspot LLC will take a 50% commission from the selling price. Works of art must remain on display for the length of the exhibition. The artist gives permission for work to be photographed and used for promotional purposes. All care will be taken to ensure the safety and security of work, but the artist understands that the policy for HeARTspot LLC only covers costs of materials used to create work. The director will determine the sustainability/suitability of the art, framing/support structure and if determined unsafe/unstable, work will not be hung in the show despite acceptance and returned to the artist. Works of art picked up after deadline will accrue a $10/week fee starting the day after pick-up (not pro-rated) which must be rendered to HeARTspot LLC prior to having late work returned.

If you have submitted successfully, you will see a Thank You screen. Click on "continue" to come back here and use the above PayPal Button to Submit fee. If using Venmo or requesting an invoice, alert us via email. Submissions will only be considered when fee is paid.