Sometimes it pays to go with less—particularly if you’re the one footing the bill.
Although, as the artists at the Lake Country Gallery have found, simply curtailing their talents to a size of 100-inches or less, to sell for $100 or less, can be quite the challenge.
“When you try to do something in a small scale, the mind goes blank,” said Denise Patrick. “I mean, how do you scale it down, you know?”
Normally, Patrick’s sand and wax encaustic paintings, mostly flowers and landscapes, easily fill a four-foot by five-foot canvass. Hung in the coffee shop next door this summer, the punchy petals managed to dwarf the rustic furnishings that give the beatnik room its flavour.
And yet as one enters the busy Annual Under 100 Show, her palm-sized waterlily bounces out from the wall as though on the run from its home in an Italian fresco.
The show is designed to give as many artists as possible a chance to show their work and, at the same time, raise a little money for the gallery—profits are split 50/50 between the gallery and the artist.
“It’s been a fantastic turnout and the amount of work and the quality of the work is impressive,” said Katie Brennan, gallery curator.
“It’s really fantastic that there’s all these artists of brilliant caliber who have said we care about this gallery, so we want to support it.”
The show includes work from a long string of local artists, from Elke Lang to Rhonda Mueller to Vernon’s River Lewis.
Gallery volunteers hung the work by dominant colour, though Brennan did curate one feature wall.
“It was all very intuitive and, luckily, many of our volunteers are artists, so it was this very zen kind of process where we just figured out what works together,” she explained.
For those who don’t know the little gallery’s story, it’s a good one and those volunteers are also accustomed to telling the tale.
The building, adjacent to George Elliott Secondary School, was once a butcher shop and admittedly feels a little like a meat locker until the heat kicks in mid-winter.
Yet the whitewashed walls, done in donated paint, muster a uniquely homey charm when mixed with the off-kilter sizing of the rooms.
“I’ve just been totally blown away by how much support this gallery has from this community and from its district,” said Brennan, noting the district provides some base funding and the volunteers keep the big metal doors swinging, adding the manpower wherever cash runs short.
All the same, generating funding through shows like the Annual Under 100 is extremely important, she said.
A second fundraiser called Deck the Walls will also run this weekend.
The auction allows art enthusiasts to trade old pieces of art for new and/or pick up a new work of art in a variety of fun auction-style sales.
The show will see anyone with art they wish to trade bring their piece in for appraisal on Friday and Saturday, for price of $100 to $400.
Those funds can then be applied to a piece of art at the Sunday auction with bidders also topping up their purchases with cash or simply paying cash for something they want, no trade required.
A reverse auction and silent auction will also be held the same night.
The events include:
• Annual Under 100 Show and Sale currently on during gallery hours
• Deck the Walls: Art Exchange & Sale, Sunday Nov. 27, Aspen Groves Golf Club, 10303 Bottom Wood Lake Road, Lake Country, B.C., 5:30-9:30 p.m.; art work will be valued for a $20 fee on Friday, Nov. 25 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information check the website www.lakecountrygallery.blogspot.com