Monday, June 30, 2014

The Square Foot Show

The Grand Manan Art Gallery on Saturday, June 28, opened the First Annual "Square Foot Exhibit", which has been a great success.

The premise is simple: anyone can submit up to two pieces of art, upon submission of an entry fee of $25.  But every piece must be 12" by 12", framed or unframed.  All pieces would have the same selling price: $200, with the Gallery getting its percentage.  This was to be a fundraiser for the Gallery.

A total of 96 pieces were submitted by 57 artists; 27 were from Grand Manan, and 30 were from elsewhere.  There were different media used in the creations and a lot of imagination and creativity was evident on the walls of the gallery.

I haven't done as much painting recently as I should, but I really wanted to be part of this show, so I picked up a couple of 12" x 12" canvases.  I decided that the subjects needed to be simple for this format  So I painted a "Gull Soaring" for one  of my pieces:

For the other, I painted a simple subject: a colourful "Lobster Buoy" on the open sea:

A large crowd came in for the opening night, and everyone had a grand time walking around looking at all the pieces on the walls.  To add interest, each person there was given a ballot and asked to chose their three favorite pieces and write them down in order of preference and put the ballot in the box.

I know it was a difficult decision trying to figure out which ones to choose.  (I didn't think it would be right to choose my own, so I avoided them and pondered my choices).

Anyway, Last evening I was pleasantly surprised to receive a call from David Ogilvie (the organizer of the show) to tell me that the "Lobster Buoy" was voted #2 for the show.

I told David, that one of his submissions had actually been my first choice for its brilliant colours and textures.  All in all, this was a great idea, and kudos to David for organizing it.

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