BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Bernards Township residents age 16 and older are invited to register to exhibit in a non-juried art show, "Inspired by Nature," due to open on March 18 and continue through April 23, at the Somerset County Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge.

The opening reception for the show will be held at 11 a.m. on March 18, at the same time of the announcement of the 2017 Mayor’s Arts Awards, an annual event.

Deadline is registering is Tuesday, Feb. 28

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Deadline for registering for the show is Tuesday, Feb. 28, through the Bernards Township Department of Parks & Recreation, 908-204-3003, or recreation@bernards.org. The department is located at the town hall at 1 Collyer Lane in Basking Ridge.

Information, including details for submission, is also online.

The entry fee is $20 per artist. Artwork must be dropped off at the Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, on Thursday, March 16 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., or on Friday, March 1, between 10 a.m. to noon.

Space is limited. Artwork must later be picked up between 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, April 24.

Artists are encouraged, but not required, to present work with themes inspired by nature.

The EEC is open daily between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is scheduled to be closed on April 14, the Good Friday holiday, and on April 16, Easter Sunday.

Each artist is guaranteed to exhibit two pieces. Artists may list up to four pieces for display, if space permits.

Artwork that has previously been entered in the annual show may not be submitted again, according to the township website. Artwork can include, but is not limited to, watercolors, oils, acrylics, photography, pastels, drawings, mixed media, and sculpture.

Hanging artwork must be dry, wired and ready for hanging when dropped off. The Parks & Recreation department reserves the right to reject submitted art for any reason, according to the website.

Artwork can be offered for sale

Artists who exhibit can indicate on the entry form that their artwork is for sale. The artists' contact information can be provided to exhibit visitors, although the township will not arrange sales.