Mid-summer Photofest at Pearl Ellis

The Pearl Ellis Gallery will kick off its mid-summer Photofest with its second annual Members' Lens Award show and sale.

The Pearl Ellis Gallery will kick off its mid-summer Photofest with its second annual Members’ Lens Award show and sale.

This exhibition of photography will run from July 24 to Aug. 12.

You can meet the photographers July 29 to celebrate the opening of the Lens Award show and all are welcome to attend.

The public, as well as the members, will be encouraged to fill out a ballot selecting their favorite piece of photography in the exhibit. The balloting will go on throughout the first part of the show and the votes will be tabulated Aug. 5 at 4 p.m. The winner and runners-up will be announced a week before the end of the show Aug. 7 at 10 a.m.

The winners will also be posted on the Pearl website and in the local papers. The winning photographer will receive a two-year membership renewal and a plaque to commemorate the event.

There will be a draw made from all the ballots. The winner receives a gift certificate for 20 per cent off on a piece of art that they purchase at the gallery during 2012.

Visitors between July 18 and Aug. 3 will have the added opportunity to enter their names in the draw for WestJet tickets. There will be 12 draw boxes located in Comox and 10 people will win return tickets anywhere that WestJet flies. There is no cost for people to enter.

Visitors can expect to see quality pieces by 25 local photographers.  You will see work by Martin Kaspers (2011 Lens Award Winner), Steve Williamson, Claude Dalley, Diana Pohl and Bert Badey to mention just a few.

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.

The gallery is in Comox at 1729 Comox Ave. The gallery will be open to the public Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. and closed Mondays.

For details or a virtual tour of the gallery, visit www.pearlellisgallery.com or Pearl’s Facebook page.

— Pearl Ellis Gallery