Hello, People of Quesnel!
It is the middle March, the snow is melting, and don't forget to reset your clocks one hour ahead because the days are getting longer as we head into spring. We may not have flowers outside, but we are featuring a lot of colour in the Quesnel Art Gallery and Gift Shop with the Kidz Art Show, featuring works by the young artists of the area! This is our favourite show of the year (along with all the other shows). We have some amazing works up from now until the 27th of March, so come and see it soon! If you are unable to come in, we are posting images of the show on social media and we have a wonderful interview featured in the Quesnel Cariboo Observer. A special thanks goes to School District #28 for sponsoring the show and for helping us with the set up.
We also heard some exciting news from our friends at the College of New Caledonia in Prince George. They are doing a "Call for Expressions of Interest" for a new work of art for their main campus entrance. They are looking for a new installation that celebrates diversity and reconciliation. They do NOT require full proposals at this time but are looking for statements of interest from local artists. If you are interested, send in your CV and/or Artist's Bio, a one page letter of interest, and 6-10 images, by MARCH 26TH, 2021; the information on the project can be found here. It looks like an amazing opportunity to have your work art welcoming new visitors, students, and employees, especially when the school is fully open again.
It has been one year since we first went into lockdown because of COVID-19. This was a difficult time for everyone, but the vaccinations are rolling out, it is getting warmer every day, and soon, we'll be able to sit outside with small gatherings (as long as no one jinxes it). We have some good news to tide you over until then. Summer will be here before we know it, and with that comes the new "A Summer Garden Community Show"! This will be our community show of the year, open to works from members of the community, based around the idea of summer gardens. The show will run during the month of July and we will start accepting works at the end of June. I know that there's a lot of time between now and then, but this also gives you a lot of time to prepare. We are also running our Call for Proposals for 2022 early this year, and the form is a little different. If you are interested in doing a show with us, fill out the form before May 31st and we will notify people by the end of June. We are still working on a survey for you to fill out, but we hope to have it out soon (I mean it). We want to hear from you about the kind of shows, workshops, and projects you like, what you think about some potential upcoming new projects, and your interest in different kinds of volunteer work (if you're one of our volunteers or interested in helping).
The truth is we are going to be busy, busy, busy this year! Which actually isn't much different from other years, but we are excited about our upcoming shows like "The Cowboys and Cowgirls of the Cariboo" with Nicole Johnston in April, and "Resonate" with Judith DesBrisay and Cheri Maisonneuve in May. We have a some new ideas for the summer projects, which we hope you will enjoy, and, as always, the gift shop features some great new works by local artists. Some of which are available online, including our memberships which need to be renewed in April. Keep in touch, and your membership in good standing, to be up-to-date with what's going on in the gallery.
- Tanya Nielsen (Member at Large)
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