Artists of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to enter works in any visual medium in the upcoming Fall Art Show & Sale (FASS). The Oliver Community Arts Council mounts the popular event on Saturday September 29 and Sunday September 30. The show and sale runs jointly with the Festival of the Grape at the Oliver Community Centre. The two-day arts event includes a multimedia art competition, public voting, sales, exhibits and demos by featured artists, live entertainment, a dessert reception, and exciting draws, including a wine fridge.
Visual artists in all media and of all ages are invited to enter. Prizes are awarded in nine categories, including two youth categories. Artwork may also be advertised for sale: locals and tourists alike frequently purchase pieces, whether by budding and emerging artists, hobbyists or professional artists. Public voting ensures the competition is friendly and full of surprises! Past winners have included both newcomers and returning favourites.
Categories are Photography, Fibre Arts, Oils, Acrylics, Watercolours, Three-Dimensional Arts, and Mixed/Other Media. Two categories for youth, Emerging Artists and Budding Artists, invite entries in any visual medium. Awards are given in each category, as well as an overall winner. Work can be recent or old, but must not have appeared before in this event. Artists may submit one or two pieces. Each requires its own entry form.
This year, the show has a theme: “Go with the Flow”. While no artwork is ever rejected for not following the theme, it can serve to inspire artists to create something new. To motivate artists: the public votes for a special overall “Best Interpretation of the Theme”.
Some inspirations to get the creative juices “flowing” include the flowing application of a paintbrush or drip techniques, rippling jewelry designs, curved shapes in wood, metal and glass, capturing movement in photography such as dance or a bicycle race or a windy day, and relaxing fluid abstract shapes. Alternatively, artists could create a piece simply inspired by a mood or get socio-political and make an artistic comment on what it means to follow the crowd. Going with the flow could also refer to the technique or the colours chosen. What does going with the flow mean in your life? Taking it easy? Letting others decide? Jumping into a current of thought with both feet and seeing where it takes you?
Only the entry forms need to be submitted before the weekend of the Fall Art Show and Sale. Mail or email the form by Friday September 7, 2018. An early bird prize is awarded from among entries received by Thursday September 6, 2018. Prize: a free entry or a second entry free.