Originals Only takes over Marina Park for the weekend

A montage featuring some of the works available at the Originals Only Art Show & Sale.

A montage featuring some of the works available at the Originals Only Art Show & Sale.

Special to the Record

This coming weekend, Aug.  9 and 10, will once again see artists coming from near and far to set up at the annual Originals Only Art Show & Sale to be held at Marina Park in Comox.

Unlike other types of art shows this one is entirely focused on showcasing the works of artists who are either painters or sculptors. And as the show’s name suggests they will be exhibiting only original works.

“This has been the case right from the beginning,” says Joe Smith, one of the organizers. “Our objective is to encourage the general public to learn more about and appreciate the importance of original works of art.”

Not only is the event an opportunity for the public to see and buy original works but it also gives them the opportunity to meet the creators and learn more about the creative process.

One of the other unique aspects about this show is that it is open to Vancouver Island artists working at all levels of experience. From seasoned artists to those just beginning on their creative journey the show covers a broad spectrum of styles and mediums.

Visitors to the show will find works that are designed around abstract themes, contemporary works highlight current trends, impressionism, expressionism and realism which are perennial favourites round off one of the best showcases of art on the Island.

With this variety of styles visitors to the show can learn about the differences between the different genres and what it takes to take an artist’s vision and convert it to paper, canvas or stone.

“While this can be an educational experience for visitors,” says Smith, “it is also an opportunity for artists to come together, learn from each other and for emerging artists get some first-hand experience of what it takes to showcase their work and get feedback from the public.”

With new artists coming to participate each year and artists always looking for new ways to express themselves, the show is constantly changing and evolving. Just like some of the artists found in the history books, there are artists who have gone from realism to painting abstract while others have evolved from contemporary to representational. Then there is the constant experimentation with new mediums, techniques and subject matter.

Over the years there have been a few constants, some of the artists have been coming back each year since day one. Other supporters like the Town of Comox Recreation, the show’s number one sponsor, have helped ensure the show remains an integral part of the community’s cultural scene.

This support has allowed the show to remain self-sustaining without asking for grants or other means of financial support. The entire show is organized by participating artists and all of the expenses are shared by each artist who pays a fee for a booth space.

The booths are another interesting feature of the show because with each artist setting up their own display space, it  provides visitors with the opportunity to go to dozens of mini art galleries all located in one area.

Marina Park in Comox is an ideal location for an outdoor art show. With its spectacular setting right in the heart of Comox and views of the harbour, ocean and mountains it could be considered a work of art in itself.

The artists will be on site from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9 and 10. For further information about the Originals Only Art Show visit the website at www.originalsonly.ca


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