Entry forms for the upcoming Fall Art Show & Sale (FASS) are already flying in from local artists. The Oliver Community Arts Council mounts the popular event on Saturday September 30 and Sunday October 1. The show and sale runs jointly with the Festival of the Grape at the Oliver Community Centre, making it one of the highest-traffic events of the year. The two-day arts event includes a competition in nine categories, public voting, sales, exhibits and demos by featured artists, live entertainment, a dessert reception, and a draw for a stocked wine fridge.
Visual artists in all media and of all ages are encouraged to enter. As has been our tradition for every second year, there is no theme in 2017, simply “Artist’s Choice”, giving great scope for entering one’s best work.
Categories are Photography, Fibre Arts, Oils, Acrylics, Watercolours, Three-Dimensional, and Mixed/Other Media. Two categories for youth, Emerging Artists and Budding Artists, invite entries in any visual medium. Awards are given in each category, as well as an overall “Best in Show”.
Entry forms must be received by Friday September 8, 2017. NEW Early bird draw! Submit your form and fee before that date for a chance to win back your entry fee! Artwork need not be completed by that date. Artwork is delivered to the venue on the morning of the show, Saturday September 30. This gives artists up to three extra weeks to complete their piece(s).
This year, quail trophies are mounted on extra-special bases designed by Russell Moore. The bases are created from salvaged wood from the old Venables Theatre, before it was destroyed by fire in 2011. The wood is left unfinished for artists to either enjoy as an historic artifact or to finish to their personal liking. Awards are given for first second and third place in all categories but the young Budding Artists, who receive gift cards. For the first time, honorable mentions will also be awarded where there is special merit.
Membership in the Oliver Community Arts Council is not required to enter but does reduce the entry fee for Adult submissions. Emerging Artist (teen) submissions are $10. For Budding Artists (12 and under) the fee is waived.
Entry forms are always available here: FASS Forms. A FASS Artist FAQ and definitions of the art categories are also posted.
Hard copies of the entry forms are available at the Oliver Visitors Information Centre (historic CPR Station) and the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre.