Over 90 participants for 5th annual Winter Festival of Art! Opens Friday


Winter Festival of Art: Light & Shadow Opening on Feb. 2 at 7 pm

The Art Gallery of Algoma (AGA) presents Fifth Annual Exhibition Winter Festival of Art: Light & Shadow; Public Opening is on February 2, 2018 at 7 PM. Many artists will be in attendance.

The Art Gallery of Algoma started with Winter Festival of Art exhibitions five years ago to provide opportunity to all artists and aspiring artists in Algoma and beyond, to exhibit at the Gallery.

This exhibition became popular and well attended right from the beginning. The momentum is still on – this year we have the opportunity to enjoy art made by over 90 participants of all age groups!

This year the exhibition title is Light & Shadow. Light is what we need and strive for in all aspects of our lives. However, light always comes with a shadow – sometimes it is factual; sometimes it is metaphorical. Either way one always follows the other. This makes our days richer, more challenging, more beautiful … and many other things – depending on circumstances and how we choose to see it.

In this exhibition artists explored many appearances of light and shadow (or darkness) in their artwork; through nature and also in other aspects of life.

Winter is perfect time to think about light and shadow – days are short, the light becomes more precious and cherished. Long, dark winter nights can be seen as extended shadows which conceal our surroundings.

In the daylight shadows are fully visible on the shimmering white snow; winter light creates colourful shadows, more so than at any other time of the year.

In the exhibition a number of mediums are represented – from watercolours to paintings, photographs, mixed media works, fabric works, and more. The light and shadow are expressed either as a theme of the artwork, or in a technique used; in some works it is obvious and immediately visible and in some it is a metaphorical component of the artwork.

As every year this exhibition is juried and the Best in Show is announced at the opening reception on Friday February 2nd, 2018.

The Art Gallery of Algoma is deeply grateful for generous support of our long-time Member Nora Ann Harrison who donates prizes every year since the inception of the exhibition! We appreciate Nora Ann’s support and enthusiasm in making this exhibition part of our regular programming.

The exhibition will be on display in the Main Gallery at the Art Gallery of Algoma from February 3, 2018 – March 3, 2018.

About Art Gallery of Algoma (AGA):

The AGA is a public art gallery serving the city of Sault Ste. Marie, Algoma Region and northern Michigan. Incorporated on July 7, 1975 as a result of tireless work by a group of dedicated volunteers and arts enthusiasts, the AGA honours its roots as a community organization with its mission celebrating culture, educating visitors and enriching lives through the visual art. The AGA’s vision is to be a premiere visual arts institution in northern Ontario, gaining national recognition and international partnerships. Over the last 42 years the AGA developed a significant permanent collection of approximately 5,000 artworks. The focus of the collection is Canadian art with some examples of American and European art. Many well-known artists are represented in the collection such as Group of Seven, Jack Bush, Tom Hodgson, William Ronald, William Armstrong, Aganetha Dyck, Edward Zelenak, John Hartman, Emily Carr, Roberta Bondar to mention just a few. For more
information please visit www.artgalleryofalgoma.com.



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