Foothills Art Association has developed a standard of excellence for the art we are exhibiting. We have established these rules of framing so that we can present all artwork in a professional manner. Proper framing not only enhances the artwork, but protects it, provides for ease of hanging in the gallery and for the safety of all concerned.
The Exhibition Committee will be the final judge as to the acceptability of all artwork, including content, mixed media employing craft media mentioned below, and framing. The Committee also reserves the right to restrict the number of art works displayed.
Media: Oil, acrylic, pastel. watercolor. scratchboard, graphics (etchings, wood, and line-block prints), serigraphs, pencil, pen & ink and mixed media. 
WORK NOT ACCEPTED (with the exception of the Expanded Media Show):
Craft:  metal-work, leather-work, rock-work, glass-work, fiber-work,
paper sculptures
Reprints or reproductions of original work
Maximum limit = 1,435 sq. in. framed, ie 10 square feet, about 32″ x 42″
Nudes must be in good taste, suitable for viewing by the general public.
By entering your artwork into a show you agree that images of your work may be used for any Foothills Art Association’s promotional materials including but not limited to our website and social media platforms.
The artist is responsible for providing insurance coverage for submitted work. Foothills Art Association, the City of La Mesa, Dept of Community Relations, their officers agents or representatives , assume NO LIABILITY for damage, theft or loss for the artwork submitted. Utmost care will be taken of entries.
Other Standards for Artwork: 
-Original artwork, done by the artist.
-Artwork that was created  within the last two years, at the time of entry.
-Artwork is priced for sale NFS (not for sale) is not acceptable. (Featured Artist is the exception).
-Entry form is attached to the back of the artwork  on the lower right hand corner. The entry form includes the following information: name, phone, title, medium and price. Forms can be found in our monthly Footnotes Newsletter, at the gallery or you may use an index card with the appropriate information.
-If you are exhibiting, do sign up for gallery sitting and sign the Volunteer Agreement Form. You can do this on our website
-No  artwork that has previously won a cash or merchandise award from our Foothills Gallery can be resubmitted to another cash/merchandise show.)
 -No reprints or reproductions of original artwork, or photography are permitted except in the Expanded Media Exhibit.
-No art works may be removed before the end of the show, unless approved by the Exhibition Committee Chair who will notify Host/ Hostess. (Any removed art work must then be replaced by a work of the same size.)
– No art work is to be removed during judged or juried shows.
-No art work will be accepted on hanging day.
 -Frame all work, with the exception of gallery wrapped canvases and cradleboards.
-Choose frames and mats that you feel enhance your work.
-Use  plexiglass for framed works on paper with the exception of pastels which can be framed under glass. (Please be mindful the glass can easily shatter and be dangerous.)
-Paint edges of unframed gallery wrapped canvases.
-Use  d-rings and hanging wire. Tape the ends of the hanging wire and make sure the wire is taut.
-The back of framed artwork under plexiglass or glass should consist of  a single piece of foam core or mat board. Works on canvas (framed or unframed) and cradle boards do not need a foam core or mat board backing.
– No cardboard backing ( It degrades the art).
-.No glass larger than 18x 24 inches.
– No visible taping on foam core or mat board.
– No saw-tooth hangers.
– No easel-back backing  (An easel-back is a hinged tab or prop that pulls out at an angle suitable for displaying a picture on a tabletop.)
-When a buyer is interested in a painting, the Gallery host/hostess will contact the artist and provide the prospective buyer’s contact information. All sales are handled directly by the artist.
-20% of the listed price of a painting sold shall be donated to the Association. ( It is the artist’s responsibility to make this payment.) Please indicate your name, the name of the art work, and the price for which the piece was sold, when you submit your check to: Foothills Art Association P.O. Box 794 LaMesa, Ca. 91941.
We are excited to have you exhibit your artwork at the gallery. We appreciate your cooperation in achieving uniformity, professionalism and safety in our exhibits. The Exhibition Committee Is happy to answer questions and will offer assistance to help members achieve the established framing standards. For questions please direct them to Committee Chair, Barbara Drews 619-218-9322.