The public will get a chance to see a wide variety of artwork this week as the 12th annual Open National Show and Sale is staged at the Old Courthouse, downtown at Seymour Street and First Avenue. Admission is free.
There will be 77 works of art on display from artists across Canada in the show, which is being presented by the Thompson-Nicola-Shuswap chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists.
The juried works of art will initially be revealed on Thursday, Appril 11, at 7 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony at 7:30 p.m., during which $2,500 in prizes will be handed out. The public is welcome to attend.
Jurors are Gaye Adams, Dennis Weber, Kit Bell and Lalita Hamill.
On Friday, April 12, the show will open for its daily run through April 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
Different artists will be on site each day, demonstrating their skills and ready to answer questions about what they do and how they do it.
At the end of the show, there will be three People’s Choice awards handed out, based on patron votes.
This Friday, Passion for Painting, a art show-related event, will be held at the Valleyview Community Centre, 2288 Park St.
There, three professional artists from Kelowna and Vancouver will demonstrate painting and drawing methods and paintings brought in by the public.
Tickets to the all-day event are $35 for the general public and $25 for and TNSC members.
Mairi Budreau, president of the Thompson-Nicola-Shuswap chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists, said there will be artwork from B.C., Alberta, Quebec and New Brunswick.
“It’s beautiful artwork, all different sizes and different mediums,” she said, noting there are abstracts, landscapes and more done with watercolour, oil, acryclic and pastel.
Pieces are juried to enter the show, then juried again for prizes. Budreau said 29 pieces did not make it into the show.