slideshow of installation. enjoy!
about this years tour....
the opening reception was a wonderful gathering of the friends and families of the artist's, joined by art enthusiasts from both on and off island. special VIP guest Elizabeth May was in attendance and, never one to make a photo-op and then leave, she stayed the entire evening, graciously meeting and talking with the guests. of this exhibit, press material stated that curator anthony matthews, a co-founding organizer, said "this is the first time that deceased artists have been the subject for the feature exhibit. it is a tremendous honour to work with the estates of these artists, some of whom i considered personal friends."
as a curator, [me again] working with the artist is a whole different experience than working with the families. every single family member i met through selecting the art while organizing this exhibit, is a new friend. i cant express in words the joy and mutual admiration i felt when i met each person in turn, from the youthful to the aged. it was a whole new easter experience for me, a reminder that easter is a family time.
as successful as it was on so many levels, i am really happy to say that we sold a record number of artworks. my deepest gratitude and congratulations goes to the purchasers. every cent of the money went to either the families, or to a small commission to benefit the salt spring arts council for its own programs. it was, agreed by many, a beautifully installed exhibit and sits as one of my own personal favourites. (next years exhibit will be interesting, three years in the making....more to follow)
i want to thank more than a few people. first to all the participants on the tour, the galleries and the shops with special exhibits and to the artists who opened their studios, some from the very first tour. thanks also to those who sent emails for me and got things printed and helped fix things and ran errands and drove me around and raised money and interviewed me and covered the event with photos and published articles and especially to the volunteers who sat the exhibit with me throughout the weekend!!!!! so, many, people. i thank you very much. and to my co-organizers susan wetmore and genevieve price, a dream team.
if you want to read more web material, then have a look.....
visit www.saltspringeasterarttour.com to learn more about the Tour and view the archives.
to me, this is the year the easter art tour came into it's own. after 7 years, it is here to stay.
the tour is a project of the salt spring arts council and is co-sponsored by the salt spring island chamber of commerce.