Art Victoria Now 2017 – Greater Victoria Annual Juried Art Show

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Art Victoria Now 2017 – Greater Victoria Annual Juried Art Show

The Art Victoria Now opening night took place on Friday May 19th, and I was lucky enough to have two of my three submissions accepted into this juried art show.  This was my first time being accepted into a juried art show since I moved to Victoria, British Columbia.  As stated on the Victoria Arts Council webpage, “This is a juried show open to artist’s resident (including part-time residents) in Greater Victoria (including Victoria, Sooke, Saanich, Sidney and the Westshore).  This is our third year of an annual juried fine arts show which we will be holding to a high standard of quality for works submitted. All entries must be original creations not shown in another juried fine art show in the Greater Victoria area.”  The show ran from May 19 to 25th at the Atrium Building at 800 Yates Street in downtown Victoria.

The Atrium Building on Yates Street in Victoria, BC.

As I entered the Atrium Building, it became very quickly apparent how the building got its name – a huge soaring foyer space surrounded by glass and wood.  The art show was set up in the main foyer, so visitors to the building had to pass by the artworks on their way to the elevators.

Art Victoria Now opening night at the Atrium Building on Yates (view towards front of the building).

Art Victoria Now opening night at the Atrium Building on Yates (view towards back of the building).

Art Victoria Now opening night at the Atrium Building on Yates (view towards front of the building).

I did a quick walk around to see where my encaustic mosaics were being displayed.  And I found them – right at the back by the elevators – which was actually a pretty good display space, since it meant anyone going to the elevators couldn’t help but see them, plus they were centrally located as well.

Alexandra Reid with her encaustic mosaic ‘Quicksilver’ at the Art Victoria Now show in downtown Victoria.

Quicksilver. Encaustic on Paper. Alexandra Reid

Close-up of ‘Quicksilver’. Encaustic on Paper. Alexandra Reid

After finding my pieces (and a quick couple of poses with my mosaics), I wandered through the rest of the art show.  Being new to Victoria, I am slowly beginning to recognize artists’ names and their artworks. I did a bit of mingling, and got to explain to other artists and their guests on how I make my encaustic mosaics.

Alexandra Reid with her encaustic mosaic ‘Immortal Peach’ at the Art Victoria Now show in downtown Victoria.

Immortal Peach. Encaustic on Paper. Alexandra Reid

Close-up of ‘Immortal Peach’. Encaustic on Paper. Alexandra Reid

My work is fairly unique to the Victoria art scene, so I have been getting lots of questions about my materials and techniques.  In fact – I’ve been asked to give a workshop on making my encaustic mosaic shadowboxes at Coast Collective in September.  This is another big first for me – teaching my art to a group of people – very different than being a TA in a science lab!