The ninth annual Originals Only art show this Saturday and Sunday, held at Marina Park in Comox, is one of Vancouver Island’s more unique cultural events.
With the emphasis on showcasing original art by painters and sculptors living on Vancouver Island and the outer islands, it is the only show of its kind that highlights the tremendous depth of talent that the islands produce.
Being open to artists of all levels, from students to those who have been around for many years, the show provides visitors with the opportunity to learn more about the creative process and how each artist is striving to express themselves.
In addition to learning more about the individual artists, visitors can also compare the differences between abstract and impressionism or contemporary and realism, to name just a few styles. They can also find out why watercolours are the hardest medium to work with and why some artists prefer working with oil paint rather than acrylic.
With close to 60 artists displaying their works, there will be thousands of pieces of art on display. As the name of the show indicates though, each piece will be an original work. In addition, as each artist has their own display space, visitors in essence can visit more than 50 mini art galleries in the spectacular setting of Marina Park.
While the artists who organize the show promote it as a learning experience for the community, it is also a learning experience for the artists themselves. For those who are just emerging onto the art scene, they have the opportunity to rub shoulders with more experienced artists and learn a few tips and tricks. For others, it is an opportunity to gauge reaction to their work when they introduce a new theme or style.
The show is also a terrific opportunity for art patrons to find that special piece that will complement their lifestyle and living space. Over the years, many people have shown up at the show with tape measures and color swatches. Others have come representing commercial galleries looking for new artists to add to their stable.
The show has also become a highlight for visitors to the Valley. The organizers report that some people have even indicated that they always take their holidays at this time of the year in the Valley because they want to take in the show, along with all the other great events that take place around this time.
The Originals Only Fine Art Show is an experience not to be missed if you appreciate art or want to learn more.
The artists who organize the show have even set up a food court to tempt your taste palettes, and, best of all, admission is free. The show is open both Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For further information about the show and to see examples of the kinds of work that will be on display, visit the show’s website at www.originalsonly.ca.
— Originals Only Fine Art Show