May Arts Gallery show looks back

‘Retrospect’ presents art pieces from previous students of the Art Machine.

The Hope Arts Gallery are pleased to present Retrospect, the annual Art Machine exhibit featuring work created by students of the Art Machine in 2016.

The students are of all ages and are involved in classes of pottery, watercolour, paper works and acrylics.

The classes are held on a drop-in basis and all levels of students participate. The fees are kept to a minimum and most supplies are included, thus offering the creative process to as many in the community as possible. There are 8 instructors, all highly proficient in their field, who take time with each student to draw out talents they didn’t know they had. Critiquing is done in a constructive and encouraging manner, by instructors and fellow students.

Some of the classes are being held at different venues this year while two modular units are being moved adjacent to the Gallery to be renovated to house the studios. This will hopefully be done by the end of this year.

Students have an opportunity to see how a gallery functions by displaying their works in a show. This can be an intimidating experience for emerging artists and group support is critical. They learn how to prepare and present their work, how to display it, how to invite friends and family to the function.

Students also get a taste of the real world economics of art. They have to price their work. How do they estimate its worth? How do they determine how much a buyer might pay? How much does the Gallery require? The exhibit runs from May 1-28 at the Hope Arts Gallery which is open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Gallery is operated by the Hope and District Arts Council and run by volunteers. For information, call 604-869-3400 or email

– submitted by Janet Rigby, Hope Arts Gallery.