Salon Series virtual exhibit showcases local artists

May 10, 2021

Salon Series virtual exhibit showcases local artists

Local artistic talent is being showcased through the Strathcona Salon Series virtual exhibit hosted by Gallery@501 from May 13 to June 19. The exhibit includes artwork from both adults and high school students. All artwork submitted to the series is being considered for acquisition by the Strathcona County’s Art Collection.

The artwork submitted is juried by an independent panel with different strengths and backgrounds in the visual arts. The jurors examine and select artwork based on authenticity and originality, quality of materials, presentation, aesthetic quality, technical excellence and craftsmanship, and overall success and effect.

In addition to the jury’s selections, from May 13 to June 14, virtual show visitors can vote for their favourite artwork to receive a Peoples’ Choice Award. This award will be presented to the artist whose work receives the most votes.

The artwork selected for the Collection and the Peoples’ Choice award will be announced through a video presentation. In addition, a review of the selections by a member of the selection panel will be made available. Should COVID-19 provincial restrictions ease, this exhibit may also be available for viewing in-person.

Residents can visit (beginning May 13) to view the exhibit and vote for the People’s Choice Award.

This year marks the 10 anniversary of Strathcona County’s Gallery@501 and the 34 anniversary of the County’s Annual Art Acquisition. In 1987, Strathcona County Council approved the creation of the County’s very own art collection. From its inaugural year, which saw the purchase of seven pieces, the collection has grown to include over 363 different works of art including pottery, handmade paper, watercolour, oil and acrylic paintings, sculptures, photographs, fabric, ink drawings, large public artworks, glass and more.

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Contact: Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595