Christmas is coming early for the Penticton Art Gallery as they unpack and hang their annual Christmas exhibition and sale of art, all priced under $300.
“It’s always exciting to see the incredible range of work in every media, style and genre submitted by artists from across the province,” said gallery curator Paul Crawford. “It also provides me with a stark reminder each year that art is truly in the eye of the beholder and I am often humbled by the stories and insights offered when I have the opportunity to talk with the purchasers of works from this exhibition.”
Crawford said the annual $300 and under art exhibition and sale is an opportunity to discover an amazing array of artists and acquire a one-of-a-kind treasure for yourself or as a gift for someone. He added it is an investment in the artists whose work you choose to buy and serves as an important form of validation of the artistic journey they are on.
The exhibition brings together a diverse range of work. Crawford suggests taking the time to contact the artists to get to know them and their work.
“As a collector myself, the greatest reward I have received has been the opportunity to get to know those whose work I have come to acquire and which has come to grace the walls of my home, enhancing my daily life,” he said. “Not only does it give you better context for the work, it will imbue the work with the personality of the artist whose soul you have hung on your wall and have invited into your home. This small token will not only enrich your life it will be greatly appreciated by the artist.”
Proceeds from the sale of work from this exhibit go to the artist and a portion to the Penticton Art Gallery.
The Small Wonders, 8th annual under $300 exhibition and sale runs in the Project Room of the Penticton Art Gallery until Dec. 24.
The art gallery is open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.