Best in Show – VAM Members Valentine’s Show & Sale

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Best in Show – VAM Members Valentine’s Show & Sale

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.

Alexandra Reid and her encaustic mosaic artwork at the Visual Arts Mississauga Valentine's Art Show & Sale.

Alexandra Reid and her encaustic mosaic artwork at the Visual Arts Mississauga Valentine’s Art Show & Sale.

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).

“Thought & Memory – Bordeaux”. 2012. Encaustic. 20 x 20 inches. Alexandra Reid.

“Thought & Memory – Bordeaux”. 2012. Encaustic. 20 x 20 inches. Alexandra Reid.

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.

Some of the ‘Best in Show’ artworks at the Visual Arts Mississauga Valentine's Art Show & Sale.

Some of the ‘Best in Show’ artworks at the Visual Arts Mississauga Valentine’s Art Show & Sale.

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.

Opening reception for the Visual Arts Mississauga Valentine's Day Art Show & Sale.

Opening reception for the Visual Arts Mississauga Valentine’s Day Art Show & Sale.