Sunday Afternoon With the VAM Show Jurors

On the afternoon of Sunday Jan. 22, I was among a group who had the opportunity to spend time with the jurors of the (VAM) 34th. Visual Arts Mississauga Show.   They were Art Green, Catherine Beaudette & April Hickox. Google them?

They did an absolutely bang up job jurying this show and yesterday Mr. Green and Ms. Beaudette did a 90 minute walk through of the show explaining their feelings about the pieces selected, and why they made the choices they did.  Ms. Hickox was unavailable yesterday. The event was attended by about 150 people, mainly artists whose work didn’t make it into the show. There were about 210 entries and 69 works were chosen for the show. It was by far the most insightful art appreciation experience I’ve ever had. Both Mr. Green and Ms. Beaudett were particularly eloquent and thoughtful in their critiques using knowledge, incite and humor to make their points.

The show was particularly well curated and curator Keeler  gave an explanation of why various works were grouped the way they were, and juxtaposed in the mounting of the show. Most interesting. It was a very credible experience.

Seven by Seven

The Harris Artists Collective is a group of 35 artists working in a variety of media out of the Elora Centre for the Arts.  Recently in an effort to display the work of the artists in the collective in a more meaningful way, the collective was divided into 5 groups.  Starting Jan. 5, 2012 and running till February 12 the first group show entitled “Seven by Seven” will take place at the Elora Centre.  There will be an opening reception on Sunday Jan. 8 from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M.

The 34th VAM Show

Robyn in Eden Wins The 34th Annual Visual Arts Mississauga Juried Show.

On the 8th or 9th of January I got a call from a woman on the VAM (Visual Arts Mississauga) show committee asking me if I was planning to attend the opening on the evening of January 12.  I explained that Diane (my wife) and I were planning to. She suggested that it would be a really good idea if I did.   When we got to the show that evening there it was in the show program.  I had won 1st prize for my painting Robyn in Eden.  What a thrill.  I want to thank the show committee and the gallery for putting on such a professionally organized show.

Photo Courtesy of Fred Loek Chief Photographer The Mississauga News 905-273-8129

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