This weekend, more than 50 artists from Vancouver Island, the outer islands and Powell River will set up their booths outdoors at Marina Park in Comox for the 11th annual Originals Only Fine Art Show and Sale.
Why do some artists choose to use oil paint while others focus on pastels or acrylics? Why do some sculptors prefer to chisel away on stone while others work with molten metal?
This weekend Saturday and Sunday, you will have an opportunity to find out why by visiting the event at Marina Park in Comox.
Known for its focus on highlighting the importance of original works, the show this year features the creations of over 50 painters and sculptors who all reside on Vancouver Island, the outer islands or Powell River.
Working out of individual booths, each artist is responsible for their own setup that, in fact, will become a mini-gallery. And with over 50 artists participating, art patrons will be able to see an incredible mix of styles and genres of art.
While not its only purpose, the show is designed to help people understand the creative process; how and why an artist chooses a subject or style; what materials are used and what motivates them to produce a work of art that captures a specific viewer’s attention.
Materials and subject matter are only a few aspects of what visitors to the show can experience. The can not only find out the difference but see the differences between, abstract, impressionism, modernism and representational works of art.
Art plays a major role in the life of every community and that is why Comox Recreation has been the primary supporter of the show. Not only does it enhance the community culturally but it also highlights the opportunities to learn more about art that are made available through the many programs Comox Recreation provides.
What is it that makes one piece of art more attractive to and individual? What is it about a work of art that ‘speaks’ to someone?
Show visitors will be able to get closer to the answers by speaking personally with each artist as they will all be on hand to answer questions and provide insight on why they chose a specific subject or medium.
All art, whether a painting that is hung on a wall or a sculpture that sits in a place of honour, enhances the world that surrounds us. It can help us contemplate the beauty of nature, a colour or a design that is pleasing to the eye. It can fill our lives with joy, help inspire, motivate us or just simply make us feel good.
Whatever it is though that generates some kind of response, the Originals Only Fine Art Show is the one place art patrons will be sure to find it. Admission to the show is free and there are food and refreshment vendors on site for visitor’s enjoyment. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
For further information about the show and to get a preview of the quality of art that will be on display and up for sale, visit www.originalsonly.ca.
— Originals Only Fine Art Show and Sale