The Originals Only Annual Fall Art Show and Sale has become one of the premier cultural events in the Comox Valley.
Now in its ninth year of being held indoors at the Comox Community Centre, the show will feature the work of over 30 Vancouver Island artists.
Whether it is painted or sculpted, the show covers a broad spectrum of styles and mediums. From abstract to realism, oils and acrylics to watercolours and pastels, the show features only original works of art.
Unlike other art shows in galleries and museums, the unique feature of this show is the fact that each artist is responsible for setting up their own booth space. The end result is that visitors to the show have to opportunity of visiting dozens of mini-art galleries all under one roof.
And with each artist set up in a booth, just like at a home show, they can display as many works of art as they can fit into their space. With the large number of artists participating this means that there will be literally hundreds of works on display for visitors to enjoy or buy.
According to the organizers, the show is designed to provide a venue for artists working at all levels to come together as a group to provide the community with an opportunity to learn more about the world of fine art and the creative process.
With the show being open to artists working at all levels, it also provides emerging artists with an opportunity to learn from those with more experience and at the same time get valuable feedback from visitors’ reactions to their creations.
With the show’s major sponsor and supporter being Comox Recreation, the concept fits nicely with the objectives of the department in its quest to provide as broad a range of recreational opportunities as possible for the general public.
As art classes are part of recreational programming, there is always the opportunity for someone to become inspired and sign up for one of the classes being offered.
With Christmas being just around the corner, the show also offers an alternative to gift giving by being able to purchase a unique item that will keep on giving throughout the whole year. In some cases an original work of art has become a family heirloom and is passed down from one generation to the next.
This year the show is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The Comox Community Centre is at 1855 Noel Ave. There is no admission charge.
For further information about Originals Only, visit www.originalsonly.ca.
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