Where ignorance is bliss, ‘Tis folly to be wise. -Thomas Gray

The Machine Shop and Blank Canvas Café at Dream Catcher’s present a call for artists for a collaborative show in which artists will create works for a “House of Folly” and/or “A House of Wisdom”, based on a reflection of Thomas Gray’s Poem.

Poet Thomas Gray once wrote, “Where ignorance is bliss, ‘tis folly to be wise” (Ref 2).

In his Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College, Gray tells the story of “a worldly-wise Eton student as he considers the harsh realities that the now-carefree young Etonians will one day face”(Ref. 2). Gray expresses a concern for an ignorant doomed society but yields to the idea that wisdom is subject to the context of our environment.


The House of Folly (will be shown in one gallery):

The House of Folly represents a lack of good sense commonly associated with innocence. The residents are wildly happy, but present a foolish demeanor to the outside world. Naivety and bliss is the foundation for this house.


The House of Wisdom (will be shown in one gallery):

The House of Wisdom depicts enlightenment to all who reside in this house. A burden or blessing, wisdom often weighs heavy on the intellectual. Knowledge and burden is the foundation for this house.


Submission Information and Requirements:

Email your idea proposal to valerie@jointhemachine.com by March 9th. Please include any sketches, written plan, medium you plan to work in, as well as size and number of works you will submit (maximum 2 per artist). Also include 2-3 photos of previous work.


Exhibition Dates: April 1st- April 29th, 2016

Deadline for submission: Wednesday, March 9th

Notice of Acceptance: Friday, March 11th

Drop off time and location (for accepted pieces): Wednesday, March 30th 7 pm-9pm

The Machine Shop 4 S Wahsatch #120, Colorado Springs CO 80903

Opening Reception: Friday, April 1st, 6:00pm – 9:00pm at The Machine Shop and Blank Canvas Cafe at Dream Catchers

4 S Wahsatch #120, Colorado Springs CO 80903 and 103 S Wahsatch Ave, Ste 106  Springs, CO 80903

Drop off Location:

Works must be 2d, open to any medium. Artwork must be of good craftsmanship, ready to hang, and not previously shown in Colorado Springs. Up to 2 pieces may be submitted.


About the Galleries:

The Machine Shop is a co-working space, which converts into a gallery for First Friday shows. After the opening, the space will be an office space with most works of art still hanging, due to space limitations not all works will be on display all month.

Blank Canvas Café at Dream Catchers serves a unique assortment of locally roasted coffee, high quality teas, breakfast, pastries, salads and paninis. Our eclectic environment provides a trendy gallery space that also highlights local artists and handmade goods from The Studio. Blank Canvas Café welcomes cultural events including but not limited to: open mic night, poetry readings, comedy, music, and more.



Reference 1 – The Poem: http://www.thomasgray.org/cgi-bin/display.cgi?text=odec

Reference 2 – Quote: http://www.cummingsstudyguides.net/Guides8/Eton.html

Reference 3 – Analysis: http://www.enotes.com/topics/ode-distant-prospect-eton