Four years ago, 18 contemporary artists, each with their own personality and artistic style, put on a show of extraordinary creativity at the Fort Gallery.
It began with a challenge. Each artist was tasked with making a piece of art with $40 or less worth of merchandise purchased at a hardware store.
Proof of purchase was posted beside the completed work of art.
The assignment took each artist out of their comfort zone and the creations that resulted were amazing.
“It was this show that gave me the idea to join the group. I wanted to be part of that creative energy,” said artist Kristin Krimmel.
“We need to step outside of our norm to move forward and discover new ways of thinking.”
Two years later, the Fort Gallery revisited the challenge, and the process was so much fun and the results were so extraordinary that they have decided to do it again. It’s becoming a tradition as the gallery artists prepare for Hardware III.
The players have changed. Some artists have moved on, and new members have come to make up their number.
That means there will be new visions and the synergy will be different.
Be prepared for cleverness, for a great deal of humour and for interesting contemporary work which steps outside of the box.
Hardware III will be on display from March 5 to March 23. The public is invited to join the artists at the opening reception on Friday, March 7, from 7 to 9 p.m.
The Fort Gallery is open each Wednesday to Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m. at 9048 Glover Rd. in Fort Langley.