TWU artists take over Fort Gallery

TWU's Chelsea Davidson is among the artists participating in a collaborative show being mounted at the Fort Gallery.
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For an intrepid group of student artists, the New Year promises their first taste of entrepreneurship.

A group of 10 senior art and design majors from TWU’s School of the Arts, Media and Culture have designed a juried painting exhibition called Continuum, opening at the Fort Gallery on Wednesday, Jan. 25.

The paintings have been juried by SAMC associate professor Doris Auxier, together with the students.  Auxier is no stranger to the Fort Gallery, exhibiting there most recently as part of Trace Elements last month.  With her guidance, the students have handled the entire project as freelance artists – fronting the costs, attending to every last detail of how their work is displayed in the space, and sharing profits with the gallery from any sales of their artwork.

For many of the students, this initiative is their first foray into professional exhibition.

“This experience has been invaluable,” says Katrina Grabowski, a fourth-year student who has led her senior studio peers in launching this show.

“Not only does it give each of us a professional credit, it’s taught me so much about working in partnership with an actual gallery.  Working with a pre-existing space and then tailoring every element of the show to flourish in it – it’s a fascinating new experience for me, and I’m loving every minute of it!”

Featured artists include Melissa Alvero, Chapman Chan, Chelsea Davidson, Rachel Dyck, Elizabeth Ellis, Katrina Grabowski, Braden Jones, Laura Klassen, Lisa Nickel, and Rebecca Sellers.  Continuum runs Jan. 25 to Feb. 12 at the Fort Gallery, 9048 Glover Rd. Opening reception is Jan. 27 at 7 p.m.  For more information, visit  www.fortgallery.ca or www.twu.ca/samc.

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