We emailed the following message to all 2020 Cone Box Show artists a few days ago and shared it on Facebook.
Hello Cone Box Show artists!
We sincerely hope this email finds everyone in continued good health. Cindy, Anne M, and Anne W had a chance to meet last week to make some decisions regarding how to proceed with The 2020 Orton Cone Box Show and we wanted to let you all know. It was the first time all three of us have been in the same place at the same time since this whole quarantine thing got serious in early to mid-March. We all wore masks and maintained appropriate distance. Not hugging each other was tough, but at least it was good to see each other and laugh together. Under normal circumstances, we see each other almost every day since Bracker’s is a family business.
We decided that this show deserves to be seen in person, not just as a virtual show online. We would like to hold on to the show with the hope that we can exhibit it at the NCECA conference next spring in Cincinnati pending a decision by the NCECA board on the status of the 2021 conference and also contingent on the availability and approval of appropriate exhibition space for The Cone Box Show. We have indications that any show that had an exhibit location at the 2020 conference will almost automatically get a place to exhibit at the 2021 conference. Given the small space requirements for The Orton Cone Box Show, we are optimistic that we will have a place to exhibit.
Artists who submitted pieces that didn’t get any entries accepted in the show: we will be boxing up your submissions and shipping them back to you this week or next. If you hand-delivered your pieces, we’ll contact you separately to find out how to return your pieces. We’ll send you a tracking number when your work has been packed and ships.
Artists who submitted 2 (or 3) pieces to the show but not all were accepted in the show: we will be holding on to all of your pieces for the time being.
Artists who had all of their submissions accepted into the show: we will be safely and securely holding your pieces to exhibit at the 2021 NCECA conference then returning them after the conference. If pieces in the show sell (or have been sold), we’ll ship them to their buyer after the show returns from exhibition.
If a piece has already sold or you received a monetary award, we will send you a check for that amount within the next 2 weeks. International artists, please let us know if you would like us to send your money via PayPal.
Cindy Bracker, Anne M Bracker, and Anne W Bracker
The 2020 Orton Cone Box Show is sponsored by Bracker’s Good Earth Clays, The Orton Ceramic Foundation, and Hieronymus Objects/The Richard and Alita Rogers Family Foundation