Artists invited to ‘Think Green’

FORT FRANCES—The Fine Line Art Gallery on Mowat Avenue wants artists looking for a project to start this winter to consider creating a piece to enter in its annual spring art show.
And this time around, they’re being asked to “Think Green.”
Jean Richards, a member of the Fine Line co-op, said last week that, as in previous years, the theme is widely open to interpretation, and can reflect strictly the colour green, “green” in terms of environmentalism, or maybe even both.
“Think Green” follows in the footsteps of the colour-themed “Seeing Red” in 2006, “Out of the Blues” in 2004, and “Shades of Yellow” in 2002.
This has alternated with non-coloured themes such as last year’s “Abracadabra,” “Cup and Dish” in 2005, and “Wild ’n Woolly” in 2003.
The deadline for artists to submit their work—which may be in any medium (watercolour, oil, stained glass, sculpture, etc.)—is March 31 so gallery staff have time to set up the exhibition.
On average, the spring art show draws 40 entries each year.
The cost to enter is $10 (artists are limited to two works each). If the artist so desires, their piece can be for sale.
Organizers are planning to hold a “Music in the Gallery” open house on Friday, April 4 to kick off the exhibit. This is different from past years when the open house was held at the end of it.
“If people come in for ‘Music in the Gallery’ and they see something, they’ll remember to come back in. It’s more of an advertisement that way,” noted Vi Plumridge, another member of the Fine Line co-op.
“They know what’s here and they have three weeks to decide if they want to buy something,” echoed Richards, adding the exhibit will run until the end of April.
Artists wanting to enter their work in the show should pick up an entry form at the Fine Line Art Gallery (529 Mowat Ave.) For more information, drop by the gallery or call 274-2242.
In related news, the gallery will resume its “open studios” every Wednesday, starting Jan. 9.
Running from 1 p.m. to 8/8:30 p.m., local artists can pay $5, bring their own projects to the gallery, and be able to work on them, among other artists, for a couple hours or for the entire seven-hour period.
While they’re not there to give lessons per se, clarified Richards, artists often will give each other advice and swap tips during these sessions.
Those planning on attending an open studio session are encouraged to contact the gallery ahead of time and let them know you’re coming.
Meanwhile, something new for 2008 is a series of art classes that will run at the gallery on the last Thursday of each month, starting with one about pencil sketching on Jan. 31.
Richards said each class, which will run 6-9 p.m., will be different to give students a taste of a variety of mediums. Classes cost $15 each, and everything is supplied.
Those interested should register by calling 274-2242.
As well, the gallery will be holding other workshops throughout the year. Watch for ads in future editions of the Times or drop by gallery for more details.
(Fort Frances Times)