The International Artist Day Flagship Gala 2016 was a rousing success!
Our walls were filled with incredible art that changed every week.
Our artists, art aficionados, and collectors went home happy.
Check out the videos, articles, and pictures below …
The Ghost of Pablo Picasso was our guest of honour. Picasso’s table turned into a popular spot for guests to hang out and have their picture taken with an icon who is considered one of modern day’s most influential contemporary artists.
The IAD 12 x 12 Anonymous Show Opening was a smash hit, with art lovers and collectors walking away with beautiful paintings from local BC artists, some masters.
There are still great paintings left … check out the 2 videos below …
Art & Culture insight from the Mayor of White Rock … Wayne Baldwin
Go FULL SCREEN and turn up your speakers
Some of these paintings are still available until October 25 2016 … 9pm BOOM Gone!
IAD 2016 Festival Events Calendar
Although the traditional IAD event is held October 25th, which was chosen in tribute to Picasso’s birthday, this year the White Rock Flagship Festival is being celebrated for the entire month of October!
The 2016 IAD White Rock Festival opens on October 4th at 6pm and will feature the much anticipated 12×12 Show where art buyers and collectors can score a huge find for a reasonable price. The canvasses are small, but the quality is high and comes from some of the most talented and respected artists in BC. During the first opening week, from the 4th to the 11th art aficionados will be able to sip wine from local vintner 1st R.O.W. Estate Winery, and listen to music by classical guitarist James Devon while they view and invest in art from the week’s featured IAD artists like Jill Holiday-Charouk and Richard Tetrault. Some artists will also be painting on site at the POP-UP Gallery located at 1459B Johnston Road in uptown White Rock.
October 6th at 7pm Richard Tetrault,founder of the East Side Cultural Crawl will give a presentation about woodcut printing.
On October 7th Art & Wine Group Tasting Party where you will be able to create your own masterpiece under the watchful eye of three accomplished artists.
On October 8th, Rod Lamirandauthor, will read from his new book, The Eyes of the Arab Boy, and on the 29th he’ll read from his newest manuscript written over the past month at the IAD POP Up location.
Chinese performance artist, painter, and photographer Lei-Wei-Jun and Okanagan painter Mary Anne Jesperson will also display their work from the 12-19th. Mary Anne will be painting in person and will be available to talk about her work.
October 13, from 7-8:30pm Maurice Cardinal, Promotions and Marketing Director for the IAD will talk about strategies modern successful artists use to raise their visibility and sell their work. He’ll also talk about art collectors and investors, and the shifting role of galleries, and how the internet and social media have disrupted traditional art buying networks. His presentation will address how it’s now possible for all types of artists, established and emerging, whether painters, photographers, musicians, etc., to expand their local and global market . . . admission by donation
October 14, 7-9pm Art & Wine!Group Painting Session A great opportunity to explore and exercise your creativity. Admission is by pre-registration (Limited number of spaces available – $50 fee) Three professional artists will be on hand to help budding artists create their masterpieces. No experience necessary! All art supplies, plus wine is included.
October 15th from Noon-2pmMary Mikeleson will talk about and sign copies of her book about her late husband, renowned sculptor, Arnold Mikeleson.
October 15th from 2-4pm April Lewis, Author “Lovingly Arrogant” and our local bon vivant raconteur will be on hand to sign her new book … musings from her newspaper columns, blogs and midlife experiences. Come and say hello!
October 17thfrom 7-9pm An Evening of entertainment by artist Brent Heighton. You never know what Brent will do, but you will be amused, entertained, and amazed. Come early, seats are limited … admission by donation
October 18th from 1-4pm Bonnie AyottePhotographer and Artist will be on hand for a Meet & Greet. Take a look at her work and ask about her inspiration.
October 20thfrom 7-9pm A rare evening with renowned White Rock artist Mike Svob who will be demonstrating his unique style. It’s your opportunity to meet Mike up front and personal … admission by donation
October 25th from 6-9pm The IADGALA! … which coincidentally, is also Picasso’s Birthday! “Picasso” is our theme for this year’s celebration. Pablo was born October 25, and in tribute to his memory it is also the “official date” of International Artist Day.
Everyone in attendance will have an opportunity to have their picture taken with Picasso, or at least a very good facsimile because you know, he’s long passed into the hereafter.
The closing of the 12 x 12 show is tonight which is your last chance to purchase an original painting by 50 anonymous artists for only $150 each.
Musical entertainment will be by classical guitarist James Devon
I’m Maurice Cardinal, IAD Partner and Marketing & Promotions Director.
Chris MacClure founded International Artist Day in 2004 and I got onboard just over a year ago to help introduce the IAD to even more cities around the world.
Homebase for International Artist Day is in White Rock, and it is here where we have traditionally held our flagship event. White Rock is a sleepy little seaside touristy town just outside of Vancouver. It’s a beautiful place chock full of artistic and creative people – kind of like Sante Fe or Carmel North. You can’t walk down the street or go into a coffee shop with bumping into a painter, photographer, musician, writer, or art promoter.
White Rock is between Vancouver BC and Seattle Wa … pure sunshine by the sea.
The walls were bare last week in our POP UP Gallery, but enthusiasm ran high.
The pic above is of Chris MacClure (far right) and Marilyn Hurst (far left) on site at the temporary space and making plans.
We took a look at our empty space on Friday afternoon, and by mid day Saturday it actually started to look like a real fine art gallery.
Chris with a painting by Jill Charuk – a little higher Chris and to the right, perfect!
In years past we’ve celebrated International Artist Day on October 25 – a tribute to Picasso’s birthday, but this year the celebration will last for the entire month of October, which means an incredible amount of work for all of our wonderful volunteers.
Our GALA though is still on October 25th and promises to be a blowout event!
We transformed an empty storefront into an impressive gallery in three days.
Artists started arriving Friday night with art deliveries, and by Saturday morning we had set up a Greeting & Signing in station.
We are excited and will be ready to launch our 2016 IAD Festival on October 4 so come out and join us at 1459B Johnston Rd in UpTown White Rock in the street level storefront adjacent to the Bosa Towers and Rexall Drugs.
Our opening on the 4th starts at 6:00pm and goes to 9:00. The main theme of the day will be our well anticipated 12 x 12 Anonymous Show where local artists (well known & emerging), contribute small paintings – ALL PRICED AT JUST $150.00
You won’t find a better deal for fine art in the region so come early before the painting you want is gone!