Voting for the 36th annual James Weir People’s Choice Exhibition opens today, Jan. 7, at the Allie Griffin Art Gallery, with 22 works of art entered this year.
The exhibit 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.
The artists were asked not to sign their works, and that they do not post their works on the Internet until after the voting period has ended. The names will be added to the displays once the voting is finished, and the artists will be acknowledged at the reception.
Curator Regan Lanning will be offering tours of the exhibit also, which will give people an opportunity to hear a discussion about the various works on display.
As of Monday, there were already five school groups booked for a tour, and Lanning said she can do a tour of any group who requests one, whether from an organization, club or group of friends who would like to take their time to see all of the works of art.
To book a tour, contact the Signal Hill Arts Centre to set up a day and time. Tours will be offered for Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only.