Reflect your community through your art

Local artists of all levels will have a chance to enter their work into a local art show.

Local artists of all levels will have a chance to enter their work into a local art show.

“We have incredible talent in this community – established artists and closet artists that are too intimidated to show their art in a public domain. This event is designed to celebrate and draw all levels of artists to show off their work. In particular, we are hoping to offer an added incentive to young artists to bring their art forward,” says Darla Dickinson, event administrator for the Trails Crossing Friendship Centre. Trails Crossing is organizing a series of three events designed to celebrate rural diversity through art and food. The Art Show is the last of the three events.

“There is a key to enter though – the art has to reflect how you, the artist, view your community in the Fraser Cascade area,” says Dickinson. “The idea is to create a greater understanding of how this view relates to your culture, background and faith.”

The event will be held at Christ Church Anglican & National Historic Site (corner of Park and Fraser St) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with judging from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. “Each artist is asked to write a one paragraph explanation of how their work ties into their community. The main criteria that the judges will be looking at is how the piece is a reflection of the community,” says Dickinson. The guest judges include local councilman Ron Smith, the president of the Hope and District Arts Council Rod Fowler and well known artist Francis Horne Sr.

“We do have three categories – beginner, intermediate and advanced with honorariums available for all levels,” says Dickinson. “It is an Art Show, so we need the community to come out and see the range of art and talent that the community has to offer. Currently we have over a dozen artists registered and more coming in every day.”

Artists can register by calling Darla at 604 869 2279 or emailing Darla@freereinassocites.ca. The Art Show is the third event of ‘Celebrating Rural Diversity,’ a series of three events organized by the Trails Crossing Friendship Centre and supported by the Assembly of British Columbia Arts Council.

“We had a wonderful turn out of artists at the Artist forum on Feb. 12, it was very rewarding to see the artists connect with one another and brainstorm ways that they can work together and learn about all the resources that do exist within the community,” says Dickinson. “It made me appreciate the range of talent that the community truly has and how we can work together to promote not just their art – but the community of Hope.”