The 2010 Fall Art Show and Sale waxes nostalgic this year, with a competition, exhibit, and sale that reminisces: “Aaaah, those were the days!” Paired with Oliver’s Festival of the Grape for several years now and held at the same venue, the Oliver Community Arts Council event always draws a huge crowd of locals and tourists.
The Fall Art Show and Sale is held on Saturday October 2 and Sunday October 3 at the Oliver Community Centre Hall. The Saturday event opens at 3 p.m. with an exhibit, sale, and public voting on the competitive entries. Free admission on Saturday from 3 – 9 p.m.
This year, 71 works of art will compete across seven categories: Painting – Representational, Painting – Abstract, Photography, Fibre Arts, Three – Dimensional, New Media, and Emerging Artists (under 19) . The winners are selected by public ballot. An overall best-in-show category requires the winning entry to reflect “Best Interpretation of the Theme”. The theme, “Those Were the Days”, is broad enough to allow artists a wide interpretation: last summer’s vacation to the last century’s pioneer culture.
In addition to the competitive entries, two non-competitive displays will also be on show. The Oliver and District Heritage Society exhibits a slice of Oliver’s history with their display of Oliver’s Museum and Archives treasures from the 1930’s. The popular RipOff Artists will present their latest multimedia interpretation of a famous artwork: Lawren Harris’ Mount Lefroy. The Group of Seven painting is recreated in wood, quilting, weaving, oils, watercolours, encaustic (wax), photography, and three-dimensional installations.
Mirroring the nostalgic theme, the Oliver Community Arts Council will run a silent auction of small antiques and collectables from the early to mid 20th century. Among the charming items for bid are a bakelite vanity set from the 1920s, Royal Winton chintzware, and several porcelain and silver items. The collectables silent auction will run across both Saturday and Sunday. An additional wine auction will run on the Saturday only.
Visit the information table both days for promotional items, OCAC memberships, publicity about upcoming arts events, and information about OCAC member groups and businesses. Learn about the work of the Oliver Community Arts Council by viewing their powerpoint presentation. Make an offer on two lovely works of art donated to the council for fund raising purposes.
On Saturday evening, a public reception begins at 7 p.m. with live entertainment, appetizers, and wine. At 8 p.m. voting on entries closes and the ballots are counted. Right before 9 p.m., winners in all categories will be announced. Silent auction winners can claim their wine prizes.
On Sunday, the Fall Art Show and Sale continues by admission through your Festival of the Grape ticket. The exhibit is open from 12:00 noon to 5:30 p.m. Although the competitive portion is over, the show and sale continues. View the winners across all categories. Wander through the Heritage Society and RipOff Artists’ exhibits. Meet the artists. Make a silent auction bid on “Those Were the Days” collectables before 5:00 p.m! Become a member of the Oliver Community Arts Council. Buy some OCAC promotional items. Wax nostalgic, fall in love with art, and purchase artwork at the sale. Bring your chequebook and plastic! Take a piece of Oliver home with you!
Poster artwork by Evie New
Poster layout by Heather Fink