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Pearl Ellis kicks off summer season with Member's People's Choice show and sale

AIRWALK SANCTUARY BY Saskia King is one of the works that will be on display. - PHOTO SUBMITTED
AIRWALK SANCTUARY BY Saskia King is one of the works that will be on display.
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The Pearl Ellis Gallery will kick off its summer show season with its popular Member’s People’s Choice show and sale.  This exhibition will run from Wednesday, June 22 to Monday, July 11.

The gallery will be open to the public every day from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be a “Meet the Artists” held Saturday, June 25 to celebrate the opening of the members’ show and all are welcome to attend. It will be a great opportunity to meet the artists in the show and to view the fabulous art.

At this show the public, as well as the members, will be encouraged to fill out a ballot selecting their favourite piece of artwork in the exhibit.  This will be the sixth offering of a People’s Choice award and we are looking forward to the participation of the public as well as the gallery membership.

The balloting will go on throughout the first part of the show and the votes will be tabulated on July 3 after 4:00 pm.  We will announce the winner and the runners-up a week before the end of the show on Monday, July 4 at 1 p.m. The winning artist will receive a $100 gift certificate from Whyte’s Framing and a plaque donated by Bob and Sheila Pollock.

There will also be two draws made from all the ballots with a lucky member of the public receiving a gift certificate for 20 per cent off on a piece of art that they purchase at the gallery during 2011 and a member of the Pearl Ellis Gallery will have their name drawn to receive a free membership renewal for 2012.

The People’s Choice winner will have the right of first refusal to appear as guest artist at the following year’s Comox Valley Fall Fair.  Last year’s winner, Bev Johnston, will be this year’s guest artist at the Fall Fair, held August at the Courtenay Fairgrounds.  All in all, this members’ show should prove exciting and have an element of fun as well.

Visitors can expect to see quality pieces of work by over 40 established local artists and new artists.  The Pearl Ellis Gallery is always a great place to visit and to shop for that unique new piece of art for one’s home, business or as a gift.  The gallery also carries a good selection of art cards suitable for all occasions.  Members receive a 10 per cent discount on purchases of art during the opening ‘reception’ or ‘meet and greet the artist’ day of each new show.  New memberships are always available for $20.

The gallery is located in the lower level of 1729 Comox Avenue and can be reached from the parking lot at the rear. More information can be obtained by visiting our web site at www.pearlellisgallery.com.

— Pearl Ellis Gallery

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