6×6 Art Gallery Return to Auction – Smithers Interior News

The ever-growing and increasingly popular fundraising at Smithers Art Gallery is back.

The 6×6 Art Auction is now open for artists to obtain a blank canvas.

The community exhibition fundraiser is open to everyone to channel their inner artist. This year’s theme is Happy Place.

Blank 6″ x 6″ panels are available now from the gallery for $5 or artists can create their own from any material.

The works will be exhibited and put up for sale by silent auction from October 11 to 14. The final auction will take place on Friday, October 14 with appetizers, wine, craft beers and friendly competition.

Gallery director Nicole Chernish said the event keeps growing.

“The very first 6×6 show and auction was held in honor of our 40th anniversary in 2011,” she said. “It happened again in 2012 and then became a biennial event after that. This will therefore be the 6th auction in the past 12 years.

The first year of the event they sold 300 panels and in 2018 they sold 500. In the past two years they have had over 300 panels in the gallery for auction.

She added that this event is one of the gallery’s biggest fundraisers, with all proceeds from the silent auction supporting their free entry to exhibitions, low-cost workshops, art classes, programs for children and support for artists.

“This reduces workshop costs and ensures that access to the gallery is always free for everyone,” she said. “In 2018, we raised around $13,000. We are now four years without fundraising, so we are planning a fabulous and exciting event with our “Happy Place” theme and hope we can match or even exceed that dollar amount.

Cherish said there were so many things she loved about this event, including its inclusiveness. “Anyone can participate, we encourage all ages to share their talents, whether they are absolute beginners or professional artists.”

She said it’s also a lot of fun because of the suspense and surprise of the anonymity of the art.

“No one knows who made which artwork – there are no signatures on the front, so you have to wait until the end to see who the artist is,” she said. “In the past, we’ve had groups of professional artists get together and paint in another artist’s style for a little fun.”

The galley will be accepting artwork from now until Saturday, October 8, 2022.

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Betty K. Park