Painters' Guild spring show set for seasonable start
Semi-annual show and sale a big boost for painters, student artists
By: Scott Hayes
| Posted: Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 06:00 am
Picture Perfect Spring
City Hall Rotunda, St. Albert Place
5 St. Anne Street
Friday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, April 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Opening reception on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. Artists will be in attendance.
Contact Tessier at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.paintersguild.ca for more information.
It’s as sure a sign of spring as weather that isn’t sure if winter is over yet. The St. Albert Painters’ Guild is setting up to take over the foyer of St. Albert Place this weekend and show the public what its 90 or so members have been up to over the last several months.
Betty Tessier said that the show entitled Picture Perfect Spring is meant to be a boon to the painters in the fold but also to give an early hand up to some budding young artists.
“That’s the way we give back,” she stated.
While the three-day show and sale is a major highlight in the painters’ guild calendar, it plays a significant role in fundraising so that the group can offer high school students the opportunity of a lifetime.
Every year, the guild provides at least one scholarship to SummerScapes, the summer art program at Red Deer College. The session runs from August 10 to 16 and the scholarship includes tuition, all art supplies, accommodations and food. Attendees get to experience a full week of instruction in drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking from some highly experienced professional prominent artists.
Those students who are in Grades 10 through 12 and are 15 to 17 years old can still apply but the deadline is tonight at 9 p.m. Interested students who have not already done so must submit an application form along with three pieces of two-dimensional artwork. They can contact their art teachers for more details.
The winning applicant or applicants will also have the opportunity to show work at this weekend’s show and sale. Tessier is hopeful that the guild can send three students this year for the first time ever.
The show also features a raffle for three original works of art. Tickets are $2, the proceeds of which help to sponsor the scholarship program.
Apart from that, attendees to the weekend event can see a wealth of talent that has developed through the local group. The collective is a part of the St. Albert Place Visual Arts Council (SAPVAC), the city-sponsored non-profit that functions as the liaison between the five guilds (painters, potters, paper arts, quilters and floral artists) that use the studios in St. Albert Place.
The Painters' Guild offers its members much in the form of educational opportunities and experiential advice including workshops, classes and symposiums. The semi-annual show and sale, Tessier continued, helps to provide some added funding for the guild’s own expenditures including the acquisition of equipment and subsidizing workshops with professional artists.
She hinted that the works that will be on display would be well received by the public.
“We’re really pleased with it. We anticipate that we will probably do really well,” she said, referring to the spinoff effect that spurs the artists on to gain more confidence. “Every time you sell a painting, it encourages you to keep participating.”
Encouragement and experience is what the guild is all about.
“Another reason why the guild was formed … you learn from the artists who have more experience. That's what the whole guild is about: to help each other to improve. Some artists are professional and want to make it a living. The rest of us just do it as relaxation. We want to improve. If we sell something, we're happier than heck. It's the joy of doing it.”
An annual membership to the St. Albert Painters' Guild is $40 and meetings are generally held the second Wednesday of every month in the studios in St. Albert Place. Members have regular painting sessions every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon in the same location.