Create Local: Tackle Global will run from 12 – 5 pm Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6 at The Belfry Theatre. Admission is free. There will also be an opening reception on Friday, March 4 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm (cost: $25).
Create Local: Tackle Global will feature pieces from Victoria’s most acclaimed artists and talented emerging artists. Among those whose work will be for sale are award-winning University of Victoria instructor Sandra Meigs and contemporary artist Pat Martin Bates.
Meigs was awarded the Gershon Iskowitz Prize ($50,000) last year and was one of only eight to receive the 2015 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts.
Bates has been represented at galleries around the world, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Library of Congress and Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., MOMA in New York, and museums of modern art in Tokyo, Osaka, and Barcelona.
Other artists in the exhibit and sale include Vancouver Island School of Art founder and instructor Wendy Welch, Carole Sabiston, and Phyllis Serota. Among the emerging artists are Bianca MacLeod and Ashley Richter of the Vic High arts program.
The theme of the exhibit and show is “empowerment.” Paintings, sculpture, ceramics, and jewelry will be for sale. All of the artwork will be priced under or around $1,000, with 75 per cent of the sale going to the contributing artist and 25 per cent to support Didi Society projects.
The Didi Society is a Victoria-based non-profit organization that partners with women’s cooperatives in India and Guatemala to market their handmade products. Here in Victoria, Didi educates and raises awareness by providing training and workshops on gender equality, sustainable development, privilege and discrimination, and ethical trade, and runs a successful Social Justice Youth Conference.
“This one-of-a-kind exhibit is a great opportunity to begin or grow your art collection, support local artists, and help The Didi Society in its work to empower women globally and educate youth locally about gender equality.” Julia Norman, Executive Director The Didi Society
"I am an artist to celebrate life and because I am love. I am a feminist to help achieve social and economic equality in the universe and because I am love.” Sandra Meigs, Artist
“We are excited to be partnering with The Didi Society for this important and unique art show. We look forward to welcoming the community into our heritage home in support of the important contribution that The Didi Society makes to our local and global community.” Ivan Habel, Executive Director Belfry Theatre
Where: Belfry Theatre, 1291 Gladstone Ave., Victoria, B.C.
When: March 4 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Opening Reception. Tickets $25.
March 5 and 6 from 12 – 5 pm. Free admission.
What: A rare exhibition and sale of art to celebrate International Women’s Day.
How: Admission is free to the Saturday and Sunday exhibit and sale. Tickets for the Opening Reception are available through the Belfry Theatre Box Office 250-385-6815.
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