SPAC Members Spring Show 2017

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SPAC Members Spring Show 2017

The Saanich Peninsula Arts & Crafts Society (SPAC) held their annual Spring Members Show on the last weekend in April at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney.  This was a busy weekend for our family, since not only was my daughter singing with her school choir at the Mary Winspear Centre as well, but I also was registered to run the Time Colonist 10K Race early Sunday morning.  Plus my son had his ball hockey game in Langford (opposite direction) – lots of driving and coordinating of activities!

SPAC runs their Spring Show very efficiently.  Members need to put in at least six hours of volunteer time at the show, otherwise SPAC will take 30% of their art sales.  I had signed up to help with the art intake on Thursday and flower arranging on Friday before the show opened.  Thursday started off a bit chaotic, but eventually the volunteers all knew what to do to help process the art.  First artists had to have their art approved by the Standards Committee.  They looked over the work to make certain it was framed and wired appropriately (I did hear one person quip, “They care more about the frame than the artwork.”).  But when you are hanging this much art in such a short time, it matters!  Once approved, the artwork was given its label and the runners whisked it away in their white gloves to be hung.  I worked as one of the runners, bringing each artwork, held in two hands, one-by-one to the main hall.

SPAC Members Spring Show at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney (before show’s opening).

SPAC Members Spring Show at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney (before show’s opening).

Gift Shop area at the SPAC Members Spring Show at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney.

Amazingly, all the artwork was hung by the next day.  I snuck into the main hall and took some photos of the gallery.  I then ran around to see where my encaustic mosaics had ended up being hung.  I am totally impressed by the skills of the Hanging committee.  The runners had just left each artwork leaned up against the mesh display walls on the floor, and then the hangers arranged and coordinated each artwork with its neighbour to make a complimentary display of artworks.  That is a skill that I would like to learn (especially given the struggle we had hanging the ‘Point of View Challenge’).

Alexandra Reid’s encaustic mosaic “La Vie en Rose” at the SPAC Members Spring Show.

“La Vie en Rose” by Alexandra Reid. Encaustic on paper.

Alexandra Reid’s encaustic mosaic “Endless Summer” at the SPAC Members Spring Show.

“Endless Summer” by Alexandra Reid. Encaustic on paper.

Alexandra Reid’s encaustic mosaic “Thought & Memory – Tanzanite” at the SPAC Members Spring Show.

“Thought & Memory – Tanzanite” by Alexandra Reid. Encaustic on paper.

Alexandra Reid’s encaustic mosaic “Thought & Memory – Amber” at the SPAC Members Spring Show.

“Thought & Memory – Amber” by Alexandra Reid. Encaustic on paper.

After snapping those photos, I helped a lovely group of SPAC ladies arrange flowers.  Thrifty’s (a local grocery store) had donated lots of beautiful flowers and the members of SPAC also brought in greenery from home.  I followed their direction on how to best combine greenery, flower colours and add height to my arrangements.  (At the end of the show, I was lucky enough to snag a bouquet to bring home).  All the flower arrangements looked gorgeous and they were brought into decorate the main gallery when completed.  After I finished arranging flowers, I helped to tag the artwork with their respective labels.

Flower arrangement by Alexandra Reid – used to decorate the main gallery at the SPAC Members Spring Show.

Friday night was Patron’s night and artists were invited to mingle among the guests and chat about their artwork.  Patrons purchased a $125 ticket to the opening, and then they received a $100 voucher towards the purchase of an artwork.  Earlier in the day, jurors examined the artworks and gave their picks the ‘Juror’s Choice’ award cards.  While I was tagging the artworks, I noticed that two of my encaustic mosaics had coloured sticky Post-It notes next to them.  I mentioned that that fact to another artist, and she cautioned me to not get my hopes up, since those were just visual memos to the jurors that they liked something, but they could still change their mind about a piece.

Opening night for Patrons and Artists at the SPAC Members Spring Show at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney.

Still, I crossed my fingers and went to look at my mosaics – and hurray – happy dance – not only did one of them get a Juror’s Choice award – all four (!) of my encaustic mosaics received a Juror’s Choice award, two from each different juror.  The comments written on the back of the cards stated, “Lovely Composition” and “Intimacy of a piece of jewellery, combines art & craft.”  A great way to end the opening night!

Alexandra Reid and her encaustic mosaic “Endless Summer” with its Juror’s Choice award.

Alexandra Reid and her encaustic mosaic “La Vie en Rose” with its Juror’s Choice award.

Alexandra Reid and her encaustic mosaic “Thought & Memory – Tanzanite” with its Juror’s Choice award.

Alexandra Reid and her encaustic mosaic “Thought & Memory – Amber” with its Juror’s Choice award.

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