Small Expressions 2017 – ArtSea Gallery

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Blog | 1 comment

Small Expressions 2017 – ArtSea Gallery

Following up with my New Year’s Resolution of joining art groups in the Victoria area, I joined two different, but closely related organizations: the Saanich Peninsula Arts & Crafts Society (SPAC) and the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula (CACSP), now being rebranded as ‘ArtSea’ which is far less of a mouthful to say!  So what is the difference between the two groups?  SPAC is a ‘social club’ of over 300+ members of fine artists and artisans which has been around over 60 years.  ArtSea (CACSP) is a not-for-profit organization who can apply for and give out grants to the community for arts-related events.  They both host art shows and work to promote artists in the Saanich Peninsula, so I thought it best to join both!

ArtSea has a lovely gallery space located in Tulista Park in Sidney, BC.  It is right beside the ocean, and there is a beautiful walking promenade which goes all along the waterfront.  Of course, in the middle of March the weather is tad unpredictable and during both of my scheduled volunteer times at the ArtSea gallery, it was windy and rainy with dramatic waves crashing on the breakwater.  For the month of March, the art show “Small Expressions” runs in the ArtSea gallery – the only condition for submitting up to three pieces of arts/crafts is that they had to be under 12 x 12 inches in size.  I submitted three of my small encaustic mosaics (10 x 10 inches) to the show.

As part of participating in the show, you were asked to help volunteer as a gallery attendant during the show (i.e. greet visitors, answer questions and ring up sales).  During one of the quiet times, I snapped some photos of the gallery in a ‘walking tour’ fashion of the art show.

Small Expressions 2017 show at the ArtSea gallery in Tulista Park, Sidney, BC.

Small blue encaustic mosaic by Alexandra Reid on display at the Small Expressions show at the ArtSea gallery.

Sacred Bleu IV – 10 x 10 inches – encaustic mosaic by Alexandra Reid

Glass display case showing hand-crafted items at the Small Expressions show at the ArtSea gallery.

Small pink encaustic mosaic by Alexandra Reid on display at the Small Expressions show at the ArtSea gallery.

La Vie en Rose VI – 10 x 10 inches – encaustic mosaic by Alexandra Reid

Display of hand-crafted items at the Small Expressions show at the ArtSea gallery.

Art works on display for the Small Expressions show at the ArtSea gallery.

Rooster-themed art works at the Small Expressions show at the ArtSea gallery.

Alexandra Reid with her small black encaustic mosaic at the Small Expressions show at the ArtSea gallery.

Venetian Ball III – 10 x 10 inches – encaustic mosaic by Alexandra Reid

One of the best things about volunteering at the show was meeting the other artists who also had works on display.  You were able to ask them questions about their art and techniques and also be able to share your insights about your own art works.  And being new to the art scene in the Saanich Peninsula, this was a great opportunity for me to meet other artists!

One Comment

  1. Very informative blog post, Lexi. Hope your involvement with these two groups helps you promote your art and get involved with other local artists.