Hope Arts Gallery’s Retrospective 12 show is on until March 28, Thursdays through Sundays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Photo/Hope Arts Gallery)

Hope Arts Gallery “Retrospective 12” show is open

Runs until March 28, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday

“Retrospective 12” is presenting the best of works created last year by participants from the Art Machine (AM) community arts program and artists from the Hope Arts Gallery.

The students are of all ages, with the majority of them being seniors. The instructors are inspiring, offering classes in acrylic and watercolour painting, paper crafts, altered art/mixed media, wheel-thrown pottery, hand-built pottery, paper collage and much more. This past year has been like no other in our history with COVID-19 literally running the show.

Unfortunately, the AM was closed for the majority of 2020 but we have invited everyone to enter any artwork done on their own at home along with that done at the AM into the show.

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Techniques improve, horizons broaden and imagination awakens. Studio A (Visual Arts) and Studio B (Pottery) are quiet places for the artists and students, where outside concerns are forgotten. Instructors offer guidance and instruction, and fellow students give supportive critiques. Creativity, self-esteem, encouragement and social connections grow and are shared among participants.

Shows like this one are part of the learning process. Preparing a piece for show by framing, doing an inventory, pricing and/or producing to a deadline are all part of an artist’s life. There is celebration by all when a piece is sold! It’s art appreciation in its most time-honoured form. Join us at the Hope Arts Gallery, 349 Fort St., for the exhibit.

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The exhibit runs March 4 to 28 and is open Thursday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Due to COVID-19, there will not be an opening reception.Call 604-869-3400 or email hopedistrictartscouncil@gmail.com.

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