Now that my studio was completely renovated, I started working on my New Year’s Resolution – joining fine art groups in Victoria. The first one on my list was the Coast Collective Art Centre which I had learned about while buying art supplies at Opus Art Supplies. I was looking for a group of artists who were interested in actively promoting and selling their work. I went to Colwood to check it out and found it was conveniently (for me) located by Lee Valley Tools. After talking with some of the artists, I took the plunge and signed up as an Associate member. This let me not only display artwork in the gallery space during Open Calls, but also let me put smaller artworks into their Artisan Gift Shop (more on the shop in another post).
The first Open Call for the gallery was for 2D works to complement an upcoming clay and ceramic show. The gallery team were looking for artworks that would not compete with the clay and ceramic art, but would help to add some colour to the gallery walls, as much of the art was 3D and going to be displayed on raised plinths. The show was adjudicated by submission of digital images, so I quickly uploaded my images through the Coast Collective website – a very straightforward process.
I received notice that two of my three encaustic mosaics had been accepted, and I dropped them off at Coast Collective with their titles and prices. The exhibition, “Clay Studio – Methods of Making” opened on Wednesday March 1st and runs until Saturday March 25th. I went to visit the exhibition and snapped a ‘walking tour’ as I went through the gallery.
I really enjoyed seeing how the 2D paintings were paired with the clay and ceramic art works. The clay and ceramic art ranged from whimsical elephants to functional lamps to large vessels. Each of the different methods of working with clay were highlighted on plaques with the exhibits, describing pinch pots, raku firing to wheel thrown vases and pots.
After doing my walk through the second gallery room, I turned the corner and found my two encaustic mosaics. It’s always a kick to find your artwork on the wall in an exhibition – especially when there is such a variety of artworks on display. I really liked the large clay vessels that my mosaics were paired with.
If you are in the Colwood area in March, be sure to stop in at Coast Collective to check out the wonderful clay and ceramic show – and then treat yourself to some shopping in the Gift Shop.