Last Friday, Southern Ontario was hit by a terrific snowstorm – schools were cancelled and everyone stayed home (who could) to enjoy the ‘snow day.’ Unfortunately, that was also the night planned for the Visual Arts Mississauga opening reception for their Annual Members Valentine’s Show & Sale. Instead, the reception was moved to Sunday afternoon, which was a beautiful sunny and clear day. During the reception, Margo Sheppard-Hébert, Executive Director of VAM announced the artists that were selected for Best in Show, and those artists that won the top awards of first, second and third place.
Out of 73 submissions, I was fortunate enough to be selected as one of the artists to be included in the Best in Show and have my work, “Thought & Memory- Bordeaux” hung in the Gallery space of the lovely Riverwood Building. My piece had a food theme, with the images featuring vintage ads for wine and cheese, and having a colour scheme of burgundy (wine) and creamy yellow (cheese).
The first prize winner was Margaret O’Flanagan-Byerley, and you can read about the inspiration for her work, “Time and Again.” in this online article. Second prize went to Bev Didur for her piece, “From Pond to Pan”. The reception gave lots of opportunity to walk around the studio spaces and see all of the VAM community’s artworks.
It was also a great chance to catch up with the other artists who I had not seen since the Christmas Artisan Market in November. It always great to reconnect and see what new inspirations and creative ideas are brewing in my fellow artists’ minds.