The Visual Arts Studio Association of St. Albert starts the New Year with a fresh marketing strategy to attract more visual art lovers to its gallery exhibits.
Starting this month, the new date and time for exhibit receptions will be the first Sunday afternoon of every month. VASA’s next art display is titled New Artists: New Art. The revamped reception date is Sunday, Feb. 5 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery exhibition will be accessible to the public until Saturday, Feb. 25.
Since VASA first opened in 2012, the monthly reception for the latest cutting-edge show was traditionally held every first Thursday of the month.
“Coming out of COVID, we had a very tepid response especially in coming out on winter nights. One board member suggested trying Sunday afternoons and I thought ‘why not?’ We’ll have snacks, punch and art activities for kids,” said VASA president Miles Constable.
New Artists: New Art focuses on five visual personalities who have recently joined VASA.
“You get to see bright, new and interesting works of art from new people renting space here at VASA. Some paintings are huge. For instance, when you come in the door, there are three paintings that stretch across 10 feet. And we have some abstract pottery this time,” Constable noted.
Ceramic artist Ruth-Anne French crafts abstract fine-grained porcelain while Marg Oevering is an eclectic painter that focuses on landscapes and florals. Acrylic based artist Bradley Walt paints in abstract images using flashy tints and bold patterns. Instead, Cathy Friesen has a flair for producing very large, very colourful works, and Patsy Faubert, an oil on canvas artist, depicts the abstract with more realistic touches.
Admittance is free. VASA is located at 25 Sir Winston Churchill Ave.