Yule Tidings: Holly King, Oak King, and the Return of the Sun

March 17, 2021

The Buckland Museum of Witchcraft and Magick along with the Lake Witch announces a call for local northeast Ohio artists for Yule Tidings: Holly King, Oak King, and the Return of the Sun. Submitted work will be judged on originality, aesthetics, design elements, technique, execution, quality, and creative use of materials. Artistic excellence is the overriding criterion for artist selection.

Application Deadline:  Sunday, September 19, 2021

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The recently expanded Buckland Museum now features an additional gallery space that will be utilized to highlight local artists and the local  community. Yule Tidings: Holly King, Oak King, and the Return of the Sun will feature multiple artist of various medias all of which must fall under the Yule theme. Buckland Museum of Witchcraft and Magick, the first and only museum in the United States to celebrate witchcraft and the occult and their related cultures. The museum has been internationally featured in publications such as Roadside America, Atlas Obscura, & Haunt Jaunts. Your work will be viewed by international travelers, road trippers, and locals as the Buckland Museum sees, on average, 5600 visitors a year from all over the world, with the majority of guests traveling from out of state to visit.  This show is directed under the supervision of Lake Witch (Kelly), all correspondence with the artist will come from Lake Witch.

Yule is a magical time of the year, "with the end of the longest night the dark is defeated with the Return of the Sun, the return of light, hope and promise. The Goddess gives birth to the Sun/Sun God. The Sun begins to wax and the days grow longer. All that is hidden will begin to emerge. The Holly King rules over the dark part of the year from Midsummer to Yule, he is God of the Waning Year. At Yule he surrenders his life to the young light Oak King, God of the Waxing Year and his twin, who rules over the light part of the year from Yule to Midsummer. Both rule for half of the year, both fight for the favour and love of the Goddess and both surrender their life force for the well-being of the land" (Source: Merayllah Allwood).  


Raymond Buckland founded The Buckland Museum of Witchcraft and Magick in 1966. After visiting the late Gerald Gardner and his collection on the Isle of Man, Raymond was inspired to start a collection of his own. While working for British Airways, he was able to acquire many of the artifacts in this collection from all around the world. He initially displayed his museum on a few shelves in the basement of his Long Island, N.Y. home. However, over time, Raymond’s witchcraft collection rapidly grew to well over 500 artifacts, ranging from Ancient Egyptian ushabtis to documented artifacts from the Salem Witch trials. This was the first museum of its kind in the United States with an anthropological approach to the world of folklore and the supernatural.


Kelly has a degree in Studio Art and Art History with an emphasis in  metalsmithing at Baldwin-Wallace University under Roberta and Dave Williamson and went on to work for a commercial jeweler in Cleveland. Lake Witch now works full-time as a jeweler and witch from her studio in Lakewood, Ohio.




CONTACT:   Kelly aka Lake Witch

LOCATION:  The Buckland Museum of Witchcraft & Magick
                      2155 Broadview Rd., Cleveland, OH 44109


Images: at least 6 Samples for Judging, 1+ piece(s) in show

Application Fee: N/A


Tuesday November 2, 2021 @ 12:00pm  -  Thursday, December 30, 2021 @ 4:00pm
Opening Reception: Friday, November 5, 2021  @  6:00pm-9:00pm

Museum Hours (Current COVID hours, subject to change)

Tuesday – Wednesday – Thursday
12pm 1:30pm 3pm 4:30pm

Friday & Saturday
12pm 1:30pm 3pm 4:30pm 6pm

12pm 1:30pm 3pm


Applications Available:  March 24th - Sept 19th, 2021

Application Deadline:  September 19, 2021
Jury Deliberation:  September 20, 2021
Jury Notification by email:   
September 21, 2021

Contract Return Deadline:  October 6, 2021
Artwork Drop-off Deadline: BEFORE October 24, 2021 @ 4:00pm

Direct marketing through both Buckland Museum’s & Lake Witch’s mailing lists as well as support from local businesses. In addition to our website, guests are invited to follow along through the our social media channels.


Submitted work will be judged on originality, aesthetics, design elements, technique, execution, quality and creative use of materials. Artistic excellence is the overriding criterion for artist selection.     

​The jury will select a balance of mediums but we do not impose limits for any given category. Selections will be based solely upon the quality of the work as submitted. 

The jury is made up of working artists and museum staff. Decisions of the jury are final. 




• How images are viewed by jurors:  High-definition TV 

• Juror score applications using the following scale: 1-5 

• Number of jurors scoring applications: 3-5

• The number of artists selected from the jury to participate in the event: 3-20

• Am I allowed to observe the jury process? Jury process is closed. 



•  All exhibited materials must be original work created by the artist 

• Limited edition, signed and numbered reproductions may be considered for displayed. These reproductions must be labeled, the process defined and clearly visible. 

• If appropriate, gallery quality frames are required. 

• Works dropped off are expected to be consistent with the images submitted. 

• Collaborating artists are permitted but each artist must be identified on the application. 

• Adherence to these policies is monitored. 



• All pieces must be available for sale during the show, unless otherwise discussed with Lake Witch. 

• In lieu of application & exhibition fees, the commission rate will be 70/30. With artists retaining 70% of the sale price.  

• Artists are responsible for collecting and reporting of all of their own taxes.

• Lake Witch will handle shipping purchased artwork to out-of-town patrons. Local guests may pick up their purchase at the show’s end.

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