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June 27, 2017

It’s that time again… As things heat up, we request your say on the theme of the annual members’ show for when things cool down later this year.

This year’s show will be a special silver anniversary edition! Between December 16, 2017 to January 21, 2018, Station Gallery will host its 25th annual juried exhibition.

The choice is yours. Which title and theme do you think best suits this year’s show? Stay tuned for the results on July 5.

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July 7, 2014

It’s that time again… As things heat up, we request your say on the theme of the annual members’ show theme for when things will cool down later this year.

Between November 29, 2014 to January 11, 2015, Station Gallery will host its 22nd annual juried exhibition.

The choice is yours. Which title and theme do you think best suits this year’s show? Stay tuned for next week’s results on July 14.

July 19, 2013

Last year you picked “Shift” as your favorite title and theme for Station Gallery’s members’ show. This highly-anticipated annual event is scheduled from November 30th, 2013 through to January 5, 2014. This year’s theme and title is again up to you. Choose your fave from the four listed below and stay tuned for the results on my next blog post.

Let the voting begin…

December 16, 2011

As the year rounds out, the ever-popular annual members’ show is on display at Station Gallery. For the 19th year, the gallery highlights the best that our creative and talented membership has to offer. The development of this year’s show was particularly satisfying to watch. You may recall earlier this summer, an on-line poll determined the supreme theme. Rock, Paper, Scissors ruled.

There was something about this trio of nouns that proved more tangible than previous ones. The artists’ responses were amazing.

Now, many will be familiar with the rules of this hand game of chance. I personally need a little more time to wrap my head around what wins in a game of RPS. We all know that scissors beats paper, because the scissors cut paper. We are also aware that rock beats scissors because the rock breaks the scissors. That’s easy. But, I’ve never been able to figure out how paper beats rock. I guess they say that a paper can cover a rock—so much for the rocks being used as paperweights. Anyways, those are the rules for me to figure out. I’m two thirds of the way there.

Drop by and check out the show. And don’t forget to vote for your fave in our Rock, Paper, Scissors: It’s your choice! people’s choice award.

Santa visits the Gallery

Last night Drawing 2011 opened at the John B. Aird Gallery in Toronto. This is the twelfth year the event is held at the downtown venue. I had the good fortune of participating in this annual showcase of Canadian drawing. I’m honoured to be in a show alongside some of my favorite drawers like Amanda Burk of North Bay, Amanda Schoppel and Tom Hendry both based in Toronto. The show acquainted me with the many approaches to the drawn medium.

Me and "The Waiting" on view until March 4

This year’s jurors based their final selection of 34 works from a total of 208 images submitted by 112 artists. Each artist submitted works digitally, on a disc. As someone who is involved with organizing a similar juried show at year’s end here at Station Gallery, I began to wonder if digital submissions are the way to go. Some of the pros include:

  • getting broader exposure from artists outside the region—let’s call it “casting a broader net”
  • a more economical and stream-lined use of resources, gallery staffing, etc.
  • less chance for artwork to get damaged from over-handling
  • less gas to transport the works back and forth equals a smaller carbon footprint

And on the other side, the more traditional approach of adjudicating from original artworks has its good points too:

  •  jurors get a better sense of the scale, texture, intent, etc…
  • the final exhibition design can be stronger (i.e., themes and grouping are more apparent)
  •  the artist/gallery relationship is more organic, more personal
  • doesn’t handicap artists who don’t have access to digital equipment

It’s a dilemma. So I put it to you, the blogosphere; what are your thoughts on submitting to juried shows? Digital or Tangible; what works best?