Showcase preceding the main event aimed at building a more inclusive arts community.
Preparations for posAbilities‘ annual art show are in full swing and given that this is our 10th anniversary, we have plans for an incredible celebration! We highly encourage you to save the date of Thursday, October the 23rd, 2014 – this celebration of art will be a day to remember. The 2014 show offers a few new twists, including an expanded time frame and an evening showcase the night prior the main event. All festivities will take place at Heritage Hall in Vancouver, with artists and guests encouraged to embrace the “black and white” theme, a fitting tribute to the retrospective vibe of the show. Please join us in spreading the word and invite the artists you know who have previously participated to register again this year. The official registration process will begin after Labour Day and continue until the end of September.
The INCLUSION Art Show, our traditional celebration of art, will take place on Thursday, October the 23rd from 1-8 pm. By opening our doors earlier, we can provide more time for artists from outside of Metro Vancouver, families and guests to participate. The show will include all types of art, including paintings, glasswork, photography, crafts, pottery, small collections and much more. We hope that this year, even more artists, family members, friends and arts aficionados will join us. This event is open to the public and admission is by donation.
Jodie Bergeron, a member of the Art Show Committee, was recently reminiscing on her experiences from previous art shows. She says “I remember people who purchased artwork telling me how great this event was, and what a bonus it was to walk in that night.” She also remembers how happy and proud the artists were to display the tags indicating that they were the talent behind all the wonderful artwork in the room.
On the evening of Wednesday, October the 22nd, we will host a showcase featuring a variety of artists who have participated in the INCLUSION art show over the years and have original paintings for sale. This event will be more intimate and geared towards a specific purpose, which is to foster relationships between artists, civic and business leaders. Our goal is to develop a more inclusive arts community and greater public access and appreciation of the artists. If our vision for this event comes to fruition, you will begin to see the featured artists participating in more art shows and selling their work through local cafes, galleries, public spaces and more.
For the showcase, we request that all participating associations chose their ‘ten best’ original paintings. How do we define “best?” That’s a good question and one that will be determined by the artists and the studios representing them! As a guideline, the art show committee has suggested that the pieces reflect the passion and commitment of artists who have grown over the past decade, and who wish to move forward with their careers. Independent artists are also welcome to show their best piece.
The 10th anniversary is a time to reflect on the accomplishments of the all of the artists who have made the annual show such a success and to set new goals for those who are seeking even more exposure. We hope that the spirit of INCLUSION gets prevails both inside and outside of Heritage Hall, enriching our communities.
To experience this and more, be sure to mark the dates in your calendar and contact the Art Show committee at artshow@posAbilities.ca. if you have any questions.