Osoyoos Art Gallery’s summer show, opening Saturday, offers eclectic mix

By on May 14, 2014
Artist Sue Whittaker came by to the art gallery when pictures were being hung on Monday. She is holding one of her paintings and she also did the two on the wall at the top. (Richard McGuire photo)

Artist Sue Whittaker came by to the art gallery when pictures were being hung on Monday. She is holding one of her paintings and she also did the two on the wall at the top. (Richard McGuire photo)

The Osoyoos Art Gallery’s annual summer show and sale, which opens Saturday, will provide an eclectic mix of artists and art.

Several dozen artists from the area are displaying everything from paintings to pottery, jewelry to woodcarvings and quilts to glass, said Dianne Hughes, gallery acting manager.

Unlike other shows with smaller numbers of artists, there is no opening reception, but visitors can see the works during regular hours starting Saturday, May 17.

The show runs to Sept. 6 and is timed to allow artists to sell their work during the busy tourist season, Hughes said.

Artists are now limited to 15 square feet of space rather than a certain number of pieces as in the past. An artist with small pieces can display more of them.

The show is juried, but judges are more concerned with framing and presentation, Hughes said, adding repeat artists are quite familiar with what is expected.

Artists dropped by the gallery with their works Monday morning, which were juried on the spot. By afternoon Monday, many of the works were already on the walls.

“It’s always a very creative and interesting show because of the variety of artists that enter it,” said Hughes.

In previous summer shows the pieces have changed little throughout the show, but this summer the gallery is looking at inviting artists to change pieces at mid-season if they wish, Hughes said.

As well, if an out-of-town person purchases a piece during the show, they will normally take it with them so that the gallery doesn’t need to ship it, she said. Local purchasers are sometimes asked to leave the piece on display for the duration of the show.

During the summer, attendance at the gallery increases significantly.

“We do get a lot of tourists during the summer,” said Hughes.

Currently the gallery is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m., but starting June 28, the gallery will switch to summer hours. The hours of operation after that date will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week until Labour Day.

RICHARD McGUIRE

Osoyoos Times

 

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