For over a decade, the Kamloops Arts Council has been proud to put on our Art Exposed Regional Exhibit and we are excited to announce that it will be going ahead this year as well! Join us Mar 5 to 13, 2021 for this visual arts exhibit. Art Exposed is open to all residents of the Thompson Nicola Regional District, whether you are an emerging artist or an established one. The KAC invites artists to submit artwork in any medium – 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional. It is a juried show, with expert jury members viewing the artwork and awarding prizes to participants under the categories of: Established and Emerging, 2D and 3D, and Youth category.
Visual Art is a very important expression, especially during tough times, and the KAC is happy to offer guests a safe viewing experience by ensuring social distancing by limiting guest attendance, frequent sanitization of high touch surfaces, and requiring attendees to masks. Artwork is best appreciated when viewed in person and it is important to give artists the chance to share their art with others. For 2021, the Arts Council will also incorporate a hybrid version to allow for more online engagement for those who are unable to come visit in person.
Art Exposed gives the community the chance to view local artwork of various mediums, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, jewellery, pottery, photography, and much more. Every inch of the Old Courthouse gets filled with art, each piece unique and magnificent. Most of the pieces are available for purchase so it is an excellent opportunity to visit a local gallery, support local artists and find the perfect accent piece for your home or office. Last year there were 200 pieces submitted.
Leah Bojey, KAC Gallery Coordinator, writes “There are many benefits to being a part of Art Exposed. The best one, I think, is “exposure” as the title suggests. It brings many talented artists out of the “shadows.” Artists are often self-conscious about their work; this show gives them the opportunity to share their talents which builds their confidence. It allows all artists from the most experienced to those just discovering their talents to network, learn, and encourage each other which builds a strong and happy community. It also provides enrichment to those in our community who appreciate art but may not be artists themselves. A perfect mix and great fun.”
With a non-curated approach, this ensures that everyone — from beginning artists to established, and from youth to senior — can participate. For some, it will be the first time they publicly display their work. The emphasis is not on competition; Art Exposed offers community artists a chance to share their work in a professional setting, gain exposure and receive valuable feedback, taking their careers to the next level. Executive Director Terri Hadwin notes, “The talent showcased at this Regional Exhibit surprises a lot of people, they didn’t expect that there was such a degree of exceptional talent right here in their backyard. I cannot wait to see what local artists have created for Art Exposed 2021. There have been so many emotions experienced by artists this last year that they will be expressing in their artwork, I think it is going to be heart-stirring.”
Interested in participating? The KAC is accepting applications until Feb 14.