Monday, November 12, 2007

art from the heart

Press Release - November 12, 2007

“We’re going to be bursting at the seams with art” says Karen Schlichting, Art from the Heart Coordinator.

The 8th Annual Art from the Heart sale will be the largest sale to date with over one hundred and thirty inner city and low income artists participating this year.

The event runs from 7pm to 9pm Friday November 16 and Saturday November 17th from 10am to 4pm at the Magnus Eliason Recreation Centre (at 430 Langside St.).

“This year we have almost a 45% increase in our numbers of artists.”

The reasons could vary from word of mouth recruiting or simply because more inner city and low income artists are looking for affordable venues to sell and show their work.

“Most of the artists in the inner city don’t have any venue to sell their work so this is their annual chance to sell up to three pieces of their original work” says Schlichting.

The sale features works from small inner-city artist circles to University of Manitoba Fine Art students. The mediums include acrylic, oil, photography, encaustic, textile work, watercolour, video, sculpture and mixed media.

Art from the Heart resources these artists with the annual sale and also with workshops throughout the year for professional development of their art practice.

“I participate in the sale because I want my work to be seen,” says Cecil Humpries, a participant in the sale for the past two years and a resident of the Spence neighbourhood. “I try to do a little something everyday, because not doing artwork to me is like a day without sunshine.”

Another artist who works in watercolour, Charles Savill, says “It is a way to keep cultured and it’s a good way to showcase your recent work. The artwork is made more dignified by being displayed gallery-style.”

Admission to the sale is free. Friday night features live music with the Swirldines (a three piece rocksie, bluesie, folksie band) and video short screening. Bring cash or cheque book only. Any money spent on art goes directly to the artist.

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Hey all, I submitted 20X30 float-mounted prints of three of my recent mushroom pics for this show - crown, fingerling, and clump.

We got the prints back from the framer's a few days before they were to be turned in to Art from the Heart organizers but I almost couldn't look at them. They were huge and disorienting and wonderful...

It goes without saying that I've been looking forward to the show for weeks...but it shouldn't go without saying thank you to M, who used his professional photographer/photo editor skills to ready the files for printing.



Brenda Schmidt said...

Yay! I wish I could be there to see them in person. I look forward to hearing how it goes.

Ariel Gordon said...

Thanks, B. I'll post pics (and glowy glowy reportage) once I've got them...