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The Art for the Journey Art Exhibition and Celebration is attended by people who love art, culture, and community, and raises funds for the mission of Art for the Journey to transform lives and communities through art.

Art for the Journey cares, connects, and provides arts education to promote well-being through art and community. We reach out to marginalized children and adults to deliver programs specifically designed for positive mental health, creative expression and joy.

Art for the Journey is inviting artists to submit images of paintings, photography or ceramic art in the portal for the jury to enter the live event. There is very limited space for ceramics at the live event.

This year the number of guests will be limited, and the Celebration will be a socially responsible exhibit that can be experienced in-person with safeguarding measures in place.

Date: September 23, 2021
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Place: The Country Club of Virginia - Westhampton
6031 St. Andrews Lane
Richmond, VA. 23226

The venue truly is one of Richmond's most spectacular locations. This year the event will be extraordinary and expected to be well attended! We hope you can join us for the premiere art exhibition.

To Register go to:

Artists who wish to exhibit their work will submit it through Art for the Journey's "Art Celebration website." This computer platform is where art will be juried and selected for the in-person exhibit, and will allow guests to preview art and make purchases.

Art for the Journey's annual Art Exhibition & Celebration will feature live music, delicious food, flowing wine, specialty cocktails, and of course, beautiful artwork! Tickets for the in-person event are $100. Exhibiting artists receive a 50% discount to the event for up to two people. A special discount code will be sent to the confirmed exhibitors.

The Art submission date:
OPENS on May 23, 2021, and
CLOSES on July 23, 2021.

Each artist may submit up to eight works, which will be reviewed by an anonymous panel of Richmond professional artists. Artwork submitted must not have been displayed at our previous galas. A size limit of 36"x40" is requested, except with special permission and display planning.


If selected for the in-person exhibit at CCV, all accepted artwork must be...

1. Properly Framed
(Artwork can be gallery wrapped and wired, with sides measuring 2 inches deep).
2. Wired for hanging
3. Labeled with artist name, artwork title, size, medium, and price in the description section and labeled on the back of the painting.

To help raise funds and support artists, each year Art for the Journey splits the proceeds of the sale of the art at the Celebration 50/50 with the artist. AFJ will administer sales at the event and online. Net payment to artists for art sales after credit card service fees will be made by October 23, 2021.
***If your artwork is accepted by the jury, a follow-up notification will be sent to you by August 23, 2021.


1. Step one is to visit the "ART Celebration" site to register:
You may already be registered on the ArtGala site if you attended the Gala or submitted artwork to last years event.

If you are new, you can register by visiting the link above, or by texting ARTGALA21 to 76278 using your smartphone. (You do not need to purchase tickets at this time, simply submit paintings for jury, and save the date!)

Click Here to register!

2. Once you have registered as a user on the website, click the link that says "Donate an Item," (or, if you haven't registered yet, when you click Donate an Item, the site will allow you to register from there). You need to complete the short form for each work of art you wish to submit.
IMPORTANT: You are not actually donating the item; rather you are "submitting" an artwork for jury and for sale.
If the art is sold online or at the event, the artist will receive 50% of the proceeds, and 50% becomes a donation to Art for the Journey - Thank you in advance, you are supporting our mission to help others through art and community!
The Jury will use the AFJ GiveSmart site to review the artworks submitted.
Each work of art requires a "Donation" form entry. Therefore, if you are submitting 6 paintings, you will need to enter this donation form 6 times with the information for each one.
The fields on the item donation form are not clear because the fields do not pertain to art or paintings. Please use this answer key to complete the form with your submissions:

ITEM NAME: the title of your artwork
DESCRIPTION: size, medium, and description of the subject (i.e. 16 x 20 Plein Air Oil Painting - by palette knife. "For me, this sunset created stillness and peace; I have tried to capture the beauty of the moment of dusk in the North Carolina Mountains." ~ Cindy Paullin)
ESTIMATED FAIR MARKET VALUE: the price of your artwork (please consider the total price including your frame).
IMAGES: take a photo of the artwork and upload it here (Image can be without frame, however if selected for the Gala in person exhibit or is purchased online, frame is required.)
DONATED BY: your (artist's) name
Don't forget to click "submit"!
You will receive a confirmation (a "donation confirmation") that we have received your submission for each artwork you submit.
If you have difficulty uploading the image it may upload in a moment or two. If you are unsure, please contact us at to check or email Annabelle Schafer directly at
*If you are interested, we can link to a YouTube video within your artist statement on the Celebration website on the page with your painting, so please let us know if you are interested in that feature by contacting us to help you upload your video.

If you have any questions please contact us by email at or at or call Annabelle Schafer at 646-300-0346 or Melba Gibbs at 804-908-9112.
A "save the date" note and official invitation to the event will be sent to friends of Art for the Journey in the coming weeks....stay tuned!