Though fewer artists than usual entered work in the AHA Spring show, 28 compared to an average of 33 or so, there was lots of energy at the opening night on Friday. I find that usually I can't take photos at the vernissage, because I am so busy chatting with visitors and other artists.
I went back at a quieter time to get these pix:
|Heather's colour studies, acrylic paint on paper, mounted on birch cradleboard, 10" x 10"|
and four mini-collages, 6" x 6"
|Michele Meredith's compositions in raw silk,|
the larger three framed under glass, the smaller on 6" x 6" stretched canvas
The event was well-attended, and Michele and I each sold a piece. A total of 18 works were sold, with net sales approaching $5000.
The group plans to paint the boards a dark grey for the next show, with the hope that the holes in the boards will visually recede, giving more prominence to the works on display. It seems that most community art groups have less than ideal venues to display their work: lighting, floorspace and methods of hanging are often compromised. Still, these local shows do add to the cultural life of the community.