BY SOUTHGREY.CA STAFF –
From August 11 to 14, local artists in Bruce, Grey and Simcoe counties showed original art at the Kimberley Hall in the beautiful Beaver Valley. Paintings on display were either submitted or chosen to appear in the pages of the 2018 The Art Map Landscape Calendar, on sale now throughout the region.
“"I feel very privileged to have my painting included in the Art Map Calendar for 2018, and also to have the chance to show my work at the Calendar Art Show,” said Kathie Wright, one of the artists whose submission “Saugeen Spring” was chosen for the calendar and represents April. "The Friday evening reception was a unique opportunity to connect with new local artists, a new gallery owner, and lots of visitors who appreciate art – and the food was great! Thanks go out to Barbara Pearn for organizing the weekend show, and especially for creating the wonderful Art Map calendar that has become so popular." A resident of Hanover, Wright stylishly paints local landscapes, flowers and still life and is a popular member of the Saugeen Artists Group. She presented three of her works at the show including the one chosen for the calendar.
The Art Map is a year-round guide to galleries, art studios and events in Grey, Bruce and Simcoe counties as well as Manitoulin Island. The landscape calendar began as a side project to further promote local artists and has grown in popularity year after year. The current editions mark the 13th annual publication of the guide and just the sixth calendar. It is one the few calendars on the market that pays royalties to the artists for the use of their works.
Deri Chilton Russell and her painting Standing in The Surf.
The event offered the first ever opportunity to see The Art Map Calendar works up close and mingle with many of the artists themselves. Artists displayed at the event included Collette Bailey, Marlene Bulas, Bev Morgan, Earlene Martin, Barbara Pearn, Deri Chilton Russell, Susan Schaefer, Ofra Svorai, Silvana Virdiramo and Kathie Wright.
The event was dampened on Friday and Saturday as yet another weekend brought rain, thunder, lighting and severe weather warnings to the area. But despite the inclement weather, many people came out to view the wide selection of pieces adorning the hall.
Friday evening included a sunset wine and cheese sampling hosted by The Grist Mill Winery. Five Ontario wines were sampled with cheese supplied by local 100 mile producers. Unfortunately, the outdoor Canada-Licious food market was cancelled due to the storms that passed through Friday afternoon, lasting into the night.
Organizers hope that this will become an annual event showcasing local artists and food producers.
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