A brightly coloured, glazed porcelain piece called Totter has been chosen as the winning artwork of the 2020 Zonta Ashburton Female Art Award.
The piece was created by Christchurch-based Janna van Hasselt.
Judges Sarah McClintock, Cheryl Lucas and Lydia Baxendell noted the “honesty, energy, tension, joy and the immense skill” that the artwork displayed, saying “it was incredibly memorable” for each of them.
Along with a cash prize of $3,500, van Hasselt has also won the invaluable opportunity to create a solo exhibition at Ashburton Art Gallery in 2021.
Her winning work was one of 41 created by artists for the annual awards exhibition.
The Young Generation Award this year went to Catherine Anderson for her photographic entry Power over Forest.
The Zonta Ashburton Female Art Awards exhibition will be on display until April 12. Visitors to the gallery are encouraged to choose their favourite artwork for the People’s Choice award.
BC community service provider hosts friendly art competition for youth – Surrey Now-Leader
Pacific Community Resources Society (PCRS) is looking for uplifting artwork for a contest they’re hosting this month.
‘Creativity is Contagious’ is a friendly art competition for youth throughout B.C.
The theme of the artwork “must reflect finding the silver lining in difficult times.”
Youth aged 18 and younger can submit their work in four categories: performance art, handmade art, written art and digital art. Kids and teens can enter a maximum of five entries per person, and there’s a prize to be won in each category.
Artwork is to be uploaded to either Facebook, Instagram or YouTube. Include the hashtag #PCRSprevention and tag your PCRS prevention worker.
Winners will be chosen on April 30.
PCRS is a community service provider which offers services for education, employment, housing, substance use, mental health and youth and family support. They have various locations throughout the province.
Victoria art gallery provides Open Space in an online way – Monday Mag
The operators of Open Space have been working to figure out the best way to continue sharing visual art with the community and supporting artists in need in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.
While plans are still a work in progress, the gallery states that its key goals and focus continue to be, “to share the resources we have as an established artist-run centre to support artists in a time of need; to foster creative ways of engaging and sustaining community in a time of increased isolation; and to collaborate on exciting contemporary art projects that invite us deeper into relationship with the world around us.”
As it works to define what that might look like, Open Space is reaching out to the community for suggestions on how to make the arts meaningful at this time. It is encouraging the public to send feedback via email to email@example.com.
The sharing of work in a open gallery format may be on hold right now, but one current exhibition by Chantal Gibson entitled A Grammar of Loss – Studies in Erasure continues online, where you can view images of her show up close.
Also, Open Space is launching a new series of land-based livestreams called Online On Land on Instagram, with weekly walks and talks from different sites within Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ territories, where viewers can spend time with and learn from local Indigenous artists, educators and knowledge keepers.
The first livestream happens this Sunday (April 5) at 1 p.m. and features Songhees Nation member and artist Cheryl Bryce. The weekly schedule runs through May 10. Click here and access the stories by clicking on the Open Space logo.
For more information, visit openspace.ca.
Art Gallery of Grande Prairie encouraging creativity at home – My Grande Prairie Now
The Art Gallery of Grande Prairie is giving the community a chance to get creative while self-isolating. A program called “Art at Home” kicked off on April 1st as a resource for interactive family projects and a way to showcase community art.
Executive Director Jeff Erbach says art can spur creativity and challenge people, especially while they are spending more time at home.
“In these times, when a lot of people are sheltered in place, art can still play a provocative and powerful role in people’s lives.”
The gallery has released three collections so far including drawings from Peace Country artist Euphemia McNaught. The program also launched its first at-home Carlstrom Family Green Space project, which encourages artists to create their own collages.
Erbach adds Art at Home will be the focal point of the gallery moving forward as its physical location remains closed to the public.
“Our mandate and our role is to contribute to the quality of life in the community. We are simply transitioning all of our activities so that people can still engage with art and still find creative things to do.”
Erbach says the gallery is looking to support the already creative community the Peace County has to offer.
“That includes some of our local businesses and entrepreneurs. These are really creative people. We’re finding a way with art to nurture that creative spark.”
Through social media, the program will feature updates on one-time projects, ongoing series, and invitations to create on the gallery’s website. A variety of posts will be made throughout the week moving forward to keep new and existing art lovers engaged until the facility opens its door again.
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