As part of our "One Book Chelmsford" program we held a juried art exhibit inspired by the book,"Three Cups of Tea." The following pieces and others will be displayed in the library through the month of May 2009.


First Place:
“Three Cups of Tea” Triptych

by Claire Pavlik Purgus of Chelmsford
Read about the artist and her work at








Second Place:
“Peak Encounters”

Acrylic on Canvas by Paul Pedulla of Cambridge
Read about the artist and his work at










Honorable Mention:
“Bridge to Hope”
by Trupti Gadgil of Chelmsford






Honorable Mention:
“Mt. Home” - colored pencils
by Connie Lanseigne-Case of Pelham, NH






A Call to Artists -
THREE CUPS OF TEA - Juried Exhibition May 2009
Chelmsford Public Library, 25 Boston Road, Chelmsford, MA 01824
Sponsored by the Chelmsford Library and the Chelmsford Cultural Council
Important Dates:
Deadline for Entries – April 21, 2009 (changed to the 21st because of the holiday)
Drop Off –May 1 and 2, 2009
Exhibit runs – May 4, through May 30, 2009
Reception - Saturday, May 9, 2-4 pm
Pick Up – May 30, and June 1, 2009

Exhibit Criteria: Artists are invited to submit samples of their work for a special “Three Cups of Tea” Juried Exhibition this May at the Chelmsford Library. All media: paintings, graphics, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, mixed media, photography, digital art, printmaking and three-dimensional art. Artwork may be submitted into one of two categories -Adult (over 18) and Youth (middle school age to 18).
Artwork must reflect the title or themes of the “One Book Chelmsford” 2009 book selection, “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. Please visit the Chelmsford Library to get a copy of the book. You may want to review some of the book’s chapter quotes (such as the one listed below). They may offer inspiration for creating your individual work.

“Here (in Pakistan and Afghanistan), we drink three cups of tea to do business; the first you are a stranger, the second you become a friend,
and the third, you join our family, and for our family we are prepared to do anything–even die.”

                 -Quote by Haji Ali, Korphe Village Chief, Karakoram Mountains, Pakistan

A. Entry by Slide: Library of Congress slide format - label the front of a standard 2x2 slide marked with Artist, Title, Media, and Size. Indicate "Top" and place a red dot in the lower left corner. Maximum 5 slides. Include a SASE for return of slides.

B. Digital Entries: Jpeg images (5 max) will be accepted on a CD or emailed with title, media, and size to Make sure file size is small enough to easily download. Fill out and mail entry form or email required information.

Requirements: Work must be appropriately framed and ready to hang using eye screws. Gallery wrap canvases will also be accepted. Sculptures and 3D works will be accepted if they meet size requirements determined by the size of the display case.

Juror: Glenn Szegedy

Prizes: Gift certificates to Van Gogh's Gear in Lowell as follows:
    Adult category: First place $75; Second place $40
    Youth category: First place $60; Second place $25

Terms and Conditions:
Artwork will be handled with due care and consideration by experienced personnel; however, the Chelmsford Library is not responsible for any accidental damage that may occur in moving or hanging the artwork. Work submitted must be original. Works chosen for the exhibit must remain on display for the entirety of the exhibition. If work does not fully reflect the quality portrayed in the image emailed the Library reserves the right to eliminate it from the show. We will accept both artwork for sale and work designated NFS (not for sale). Images of accepted work may be used for promotional purposes. Artists are responsible for the cost of shipping and insuring work sent to and from the museum.

Correspondence: Please direct any email inquiries to Kathy Cryan-Hicks at or Donna Berger at
Call Kathy Cryan-Hicks at 978-256-5521, ext. 109


Entry Form: “Three Cups of Tea” Exhibition (Due by April 20, 2009)

Terms and conditions of the “Three Cups of Tea” exhibit
-Artist’s signature below acts as a waiver that releases the Library from any responsibility for loss or damage to works on display.
-Exhibits must conform to the space restrictions of the exhibit areas provided.
-Nothing should be attached to walls. Do not use tape, labels, thumbtacks, or adhesives for signage on any of the walls in the library.
-The Chelmsford Public Library does not allow solicitation or selling of items in the library.
-Artistic works for sale may be purchased directly from the artist, but only outside the library.
- No price tags may be affixed to the works exhibited or pricing lists distributed in the library. (We will have a separate price list for those works that are for sale.)

Please Print

Category: (please circle one)     Adult (over 18 years of age)                   Youth (middle school to 18 years)

Name: ___________________

Address: _______________________

City, State, Zip: ____________________



Number of images/slides______(5 max)

Is work of art for sale? _________________

If yes, Price (for price list) ___________
(If more than one piece please list titles and prices on reverse side of entry form)

I agree to the terms and conditions of the “Three Cups of Tea” exhibit