Touring Weyburn’s James Weir People’s Choice art exhibit

Curator Regan Lanning of the Weyburn Arts Council gave a tour of the 36th annual James Weir People’s Choice Exhibition at the Allie Griffin Art Gallery on Thursday afternoon to Grade 3 students from St. Michael School.

She talked about each piece of art, getting the views of the students about the art and the techniques used, or about what is depicted in each work.

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The exhibit opened on Jan. 7, with 22 works of art entered this year, and it will be open for public viewing and voting from now until it closes on Friday, Feb. 21 at 5 p.m.

The reception for the competition will be held on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m., also at the Allie Griffin gallery, when the top vote-getters in the exhibition will be unveiled. The reception will include refreshments, with catering provided by the Rolling Pin Bakery.

The annual exhibition gives amateur artists from the southeast region an opportunity to enter art work and have it judged by the viewing public, who will get to cast a ballot for their top three favourite pieces from the show.

The artists names will not be on the art works, and the pieces entered were recent works that have never been shown in the Allie Griffin gallery before.

There are a wide variety of mediums used, with paintings, drawings and photographs, with stained glass set into a wagon wheel and a sculpture of a robot also among the 22 pieces.