The 2017 War … of Art

The 2017 War … of Art

6 Part Art Series … by Maurice Cardinal – Part 4

My business partner, Chris MacClure, painter and Founder of International Artist Day reminded me that the perceived value of an art piece is directly proportional to where the prospective buyer sees it hanging.

It sounds shallow, and makes many artists boil with contempt, but the reality is that in many respects, the elite have strong influence over the art world just as they do the wine world. Wine promoters, gallerists, and curators all manufacture sophisticated campaigns designed to artificially inflate value of their respective products. Fake it till you make it!

Art value is not real, it’s perceived, and it’s exactly why hedge art fund investors do so well. They pay homage to P.T. Barnum’sThere’s a sucker born every minute” mantra, which is also known today as a #Trumpism.

It is hypocritical for galleries at this late date to complain about hedge-fund art investment fraud and global scandal when it is contemporary galleries too that built and still stubbornly promote this dynamic, albeit on a much smaller scale. Blue chip galleries raised the bar for everyone, which means all buyers now have well defined expectations of what makes art great, whether it sells for one, or one billion dollars.


In the 80’s I was an executive on an elite team  that sold superstar artists to Donald Trump for his Atlantic City showroom casinos.

Consequently, and this is my personal opinion not that of the IAD, I know firsthand that even an egotistical  blowhard like Trump can be wooed and fooled. The bigger the ego, the easier it is to do. We loved Trump because he overpaid for everything.

Promoters like Trump, and that’s what he is  – a promoter like boxing impresario Don King, operate on perceived, not real value. If you convince buyers who also think like this your art is worth what you’re asking, and you design the sales proposition properly, it’s possible to entice them.

It is the exact same psychology galleries use, and
a strategy Hollywood agents perfected decades ago.

The music business operates on the “You’re only as good as your last hit” mantra, which basically means, “Yeah you reached the coveted #1 position last week, but what do you have for me today that is just like yesterday, but different? Not too different, just a little different from why I liked you in the first place, and not too esoteric, just enough to stimulate the imagination of people who aren’t artists, you know, the buyers who quit dreaming when they settled into their complacent keep up with the Jones’ lifestyles.

Artists have to always remember that buyers often live vicariously through you. They want to be you, but they literally cannot stomach the risk. Consequently, it follows that if you as an artist don’t take a risk, what is it then that you bring to a buyer’s table? Perfect technical ability maybe, like Robert Bateman? Ah, of course, the mainstay of the conservative set who are looking for something to match their walls and staid lifestyles. It’s a mainstream style he helped develop, and he’s done a lot of good for the industry, ecology, and his wildlife charities, but if you’re an artist good luck competing in an oversaturated market he owns that is also full of similar copycat artists who don’t invest the time. If you want to compete for this audience you need to take the same risk Batman takes by being highly detailed, invest huge amounts of time in each image, and deliver something a little different, but the same on each canvass. Any time you invest that heavily in yourself, whether it is time in front of the canvass, setting a photo scene, or raising your visibility through promotion, you take huge risk, because all we have of real value is precious time.

A smart artist today, one who actually wants to be able to support themselves so they can create full time and invest all that time painting in each hair, has to know where the market is going so they can identify the special conditions each genre and style requires. You can’t just show up like back in the day. That luxury is long gone because now everyone is an artist, and some of the part-timers are better than the lifers, which dilutes the professional art market and confuses buyers.

Malaysia mass produces living room art for fifty bucks a canvas that looks so good that sometimes even the pros can’t tell the difference. Social media has pulled the Wizard of Oz’s curtain aside so we can now all see the machinations and manipulations. Galleries and curators don’t like the reveal, but transparency is progress, so some of the progressive galleries are now scrambling to more seriously integrate themselves into the social media community where they can promote their products as they also figure out how to protect their sales secrets.

The reality is that galleries and artists who understand
this concept are already picking low hanging fruit.

Times change. You need to change too.

One of the personal problems way too many artists have is that they produce work to match the drapes instead of producing a piece buyers want to proudly display and talk about. Too many artists play Walmart safe, and then wonder why their work doesn’t sell. Or they create something so esoteric only a small portion of buyers appreciate it, which is fine if you can sell it for $100K, but finding buyers who will repeatedly invest that much in a piece that makes sense to only a tiny psychographic will be a never ending challenge.

If you want to be saleable you have to walk that
fine line between innovation and the comfort zone.

Today, artists are proposing to launch a cultural strike and not work the day Donald Trump is inaugurated. Really? That’s it? I’m beginning to believe what I read about millennials. In my day artists would be plastering the town with protest posters and organizing rallies. Some would even be getting shot. It’s not like we don’t have a lack of things to protest today, but unfortunately not enough artists are taking  the risk to lead the march.

I absolutely understand why U.S. citizens feel a need to do something to protect art and culture, but it’s their strategy I question. Passive aggressive action will not phase someone like Trump. Knowing him and his narcissistic type, in his mind he will consider it a victory because he negatively impacted the boycotters’ revenue stream, and that ultimately, is his goal. He will feel like he won, and his followers will agree.

I do like however what some of the museums are doing. They too agree something has to be done, so many, like The Whitney Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts are offering free or pay what you want admissions and doing it in celebration of the First Amendment and free speech. Plus, some are hosting special events themed for the day to bring visibility to the cause. Hopefully artists everywhere will congregate in U.S. art centers and galleries and voice their opinions that day too. We’ll see. ArtNews published a great article with more details.

What about it smaller galleries, what are you doing to mark Trump’s inauguration? Not just hiding out and avoiding issues that negatively impact your livelihood I hope.

The Baltimore Sun is a calling artists out for being too wishy-washy re Trump.

Artists like Meryl Streep have the right idea …

Another challenge artists face today is diversification of the art industry.

Just like the music business, the visual art world
has been fractured into a variety of genres.

Thankfully though, for each genre there is a matching buyer.

Back in the day it used to be easy to choose a musical style. For example you could pick classical, rock, pop, country, blues, and a few more, but today the options are endless with styles like acid-jazz-funk-fusion-kiddy-pop. The same goes for the visual world. It’s even possible today to purchase, for relatively large and surprising sums, digital art, which is made up entirely of pixels and delivered, avec provenance, on a hard drive. Art in this style can sell for upwards of $30,000. The trick is to find a buyer, but again, thanks to social media it’s relatively easy to identify and network within this community.

Artist Joshua Citarella knows how to disrupt the gallery system, and he does it tongue in cheek in a wildly unique and experimental way. His online art store on Etsy sold fifty-four pieces in 2015, and although none of the sales are groundbreaking from a traditional gallery perspective, it indicates once more that buyers will purchase art online, and even more importantly, because all except one of the purchases were made by people within Joshua’s network, it means collectors also support this new system. When artists like it, and collectors like it, galleries had better like it too and rethink their process.

Think Niche! Niche! Niche in 2017!

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The 2017 War … of Art

The 2017 War … of Art

6 Part Art Series … by Maurice Cardinal …  Part 5 

The contemporary art world
is just as impacted by globalization
as all other industries.

How we navigate within it however, is unique.

Art buyers in the global community play in a luxurious world and with the economic clout to make art purchases in the multimillion dollar and up range. Your artist heart can rage against globalization all you want, but globalisation has spawned an innovative, albeit highly disruptive investment model that will change the landscape dramatically and give artists more opportunities. Hedge fund investment in the arts is here for as long as it generates profit. It won’t go away without legislation, and that could be a very long time coming if at all considering the overall lack of interest by politicians regarding art and culture. The only time bureaucrats have an interest is when they see a photo op.

Kissing chris
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It’s called the art business because it’s also about generating revenue so you can continue to make more art without having to juggle three part time jobs.

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Opportunities are endless when the status quo/galleries are shaken up and you’re in a community of like minded artists and buyers with complementary styles and goals.
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The art community is a friendly place for the most part, but during offer or bid stages it’s as highly competitive as a major league sports arena – we just smile more. When a collector discovers your work online, or at an art fair or gallery, your goal as an artist is to ensure that a comfortable portion of the buyer’s budget finds its way into your world so you can live to fight another day.

Make no mistake, art is war is art.

Like millions of pseudo starving artists, you can fool yourself into thinking your talent and conservative vision are so rare and sought after that buyers will find you through divine intervention simply because you know how to draw a clean circle, but if you think this way, you might want to keep your day jobs.

When large corporations like Red Bull / House of Art and Tiffany & Co get in the fine art market, it’s a good indication gatekeepers like galleries and curators are in an experimental phase and that major change is afoot across the industry.

The marriage of Andy Warhol and Absolute Vodka in the mid 80’s
started a POP Art trend that still lives strong today.

Red Bull is the new Absolut Vodka revisited.

Here’s a list of Corporations that supported the Arts in 2016 has a long list of digital art selling in the $30 to $1,000 range.

Social Media is radically changing the Contemporary Art Gallery model

250+ Places to Sell Art Online


Is the Traditional Art Gallery Dead?
No, but it’s having a NDE and is gasping .
Here’s what 21 gallerists and curators think …

Galleries Should Act Like Luxury Brands to Survive the Internet

Are Mid-Size Galleries Disappearing, if so, Who’s To Blame?

The TECH World is Buying Art Online, of course they are …

How Tech has Transformed the World of Art Collecting.

The art market in early 2017 is volatile. Values for emerging midrange artists dropped considerably in 2016. According to Artsy, at a Phillips auction last September pieces by Christian Rosa and Hugh Scott-Douglas sold for thirty grand and twenty-two thousand five hundred respectively which was a surprise considering that in recent previous years their works sold in the six figure range. Also, a Lucie Stahl painting estimated to sell for six grand only attracted a bid of just over five hundred dollars. Auction totals dropped considerably for emerging artists.

At Frieze Week, Artsy reported that Phillips totals were down by almost half even though they “maintained 94% sell-through rate by value”. Auction houses reacted by adding more blue chip material and trimming midline artists.

The following paragraph from an Artsy article is painfully cautious …The art world’s resistance to change may be due, in part, to a reluctance of powerful art professionals to divulge their insights. While working on the original version of Art/Work, Bhandari was surprised to find that some people turned down interviews because “they didn’t want to demystify the art world. They liked the power dynamic the way it was,” she recalls. “They said, ‘I don’t want artists to have that information that changes my relationship with them. I like it the way it is.’”

Writer Abigail Cain, also quoted Bhandari and Melber saying “resistance to change may be due, in part, to a reluctance of powerful art professionals to divulge their insights“.
Without a doubt it is why, and mostly why galleries took such a long time to embrace social media. They don’t want to reveal their sales process and strategies.

Galleries have highly detailed sales history reports of their clients and families, information they use during presales and negotiations. When the sales process moves online, the information remains the same, but the face to face relationship is lost. A well designed web presence makes up for the loss of personalisation by  asking questions and tracking prospects as they navigate the site.


When Simon Cowell launched American Idol the music industry went ballistic because Cowell made it obvious to everyone that there is an overabundance of great talent in the world, and that being talented does not guarantee success. The public soon learned that promotion not talent is the critical element. Almost overnight artists had to become “authentic” because talent alone couldn’t differentiate them from the pack. Not real authentic mind you, Hollywood authentic.

A very similar process is now evolving in the visual arts world.

As Yogi said (the Berra not the guru), “It’s déjà vu all over again!”


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The 2017 War … of Art

The 2017 War … of Art

6 Part Art Series … by Maurice Cardinal … Part 6

Galleries, both blue chip and contemporary, are losing control of artists, and literally don’t know how to regain it, just like record companies didn’t know what to do in the early 90’s when independent musicians began to promote themselves online.


Galleries don’t know what to do because there is nothing they can do except get in the game at ground level like everyone else.

Artists now have the upper hand, for a while, except most don’t know it yet, other than early adopters.

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When an artist can reach a buyer directly, and vice verse, what value and role does a contemporary art gallery really play?

Other than in big cities, in order to survive, art galleries as we know them will have to adopt a brand new way to serve, and I mean really “serve” the artist and the buyer.

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This line from an Artsy article sums it up nicely; “They [Gallerists] said, ‘I don’t want artists to have that information that changes my relationship with them. I like it the way it is.’”

I bet you do. Every record company executive sang exactly that same tune in the early 90’s, just before their jobs became redundant and most were fired en masse.

Record companies gave the boot to most of their mid-level executives, and within a decade almost all record stores were closed too.

The exact same thing happened to the book business when the disruptive granddaddy of them all,, came on the scene.

Independent record and book stores disappeared quickly.

Google has been working on an experimental Art related disruptive system that I’m sure is secretly making curators and galleries everywhere nervous, but as usual no one wants to address the ramifications too deeply hoping it will go away. Algorithms like this, not from Google necessarily, have already driven tens thousands of middle management executives in other industries out of business and the same will befall the art business in the next few years. It might even happen sooner because it makes access to information very easy, literally at a glance, to see what art is in the market, who has it, where it is, and why it’s important, or more importantly why it’s not. Transparency is at the core of disruptive marketing. We see it happen every day on Wiki this-and-that, and it’s about to turn the art industry inside out too. is another company also on a mission to,  as they claim; “cover the entire history of Art and provide a new form of interaction between contemporary artists and their audience.” Whether or not they can do it remains to be seen, but if they don’t you can guarantee someone will and it probably won’t come from key players in the art world,  because they’re too frantic trying to protect their hard earned markets. Instead, it will  more than likely be developed by a technology company. Here’s the tech company behind WikiArt … SocialTalents. I know, they look benign, but disruptive companies always do until it’s too late. Stealth is often a disruptive company’s modus operandi. They don’t necessarily know how to draw or paint, but they do know how to code an algorithm and launch an IPO.

So … where is the Visual Art market going?

Without doubt it is heading down the same road as the music industry.

In the 80’s musicians complained relentlessly and with good reason that the big five record companies were ripping them off and making a fortune off their backs. When the internet and MP3 came along it gave musicians power to reach consumers directly, which they did.

In a very short time no one was making money selling music in the manner the industry and musicians had come to expect. The big five panicked and began partnering with each other, and when that didn’t work, relative new player Sony zoomed in and reinvented the entire music business model with iTUNES.

The exact same thing is occurring in the visual arts industry
except we’re still waiting for a savior like Sony – that’s a joke, kind of …

Artists stuck in the middle are being squeezed out by galleries on one end, and by consumers who want a free ride on the other. The big three record companies left today are shadows of their former selves, while most professional working musicians now share more equitably in the overall revenue stream.

We no longer have such a long list of mega stars like we did back in the day, but the ones at the top like Adele, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Beyoncé, and Kanye West reign supreme and hyper-aggressively protect their turf.

Superstar turnover today is slower, but musicians in the middle who embraced social media and figured out how to develop database communities where they can sell their music and promote show tickets directly now have more of a flat playing field and a myriad of opportunities to generate revenue.

Overall, working musicians came out ahead just like visual artists will when the dust settles. It’s not an ideal market for artists, but it is better than the gallery oligopoly that shuts out most artists for the sake of the top few.

Early adopters always have the best advantage, so don’t wait.

Check out what artist Molly Sado is selling online … what’re you selling?

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Art Meditation

Transformation Through Meditation

by Marilyn Hurst

MariLyn Hurst

Sometimes when writing for magazines or newspapers and I’m not sure what I want to write about, the trick seems to be finding a glimmer of an idea and then just running with it.

A thread of an idea can unravel into a full blown article without much effort, but having said that lots of ideas can float around and not amount to much.

This technique is a “playing with a stream of consciousness” kind of thing and one example of what I want to explore more in this particular article. Let’s call it change and its ramifications for our own transformation.

As human beings and creators it is in our best interest to know more about how and why we manifest what we do. Of course awareness is the key and knowing is the result of such exploration. We are curious beings and it’s our natural function to explore our awareness, to see and feel the results and to know how to effect changes for our benefit.

If we look outside ourselves for answers we’ll get them, “pressed down and running over” and more so than at any other time in our human history, for our lives are intrinsically connected to the Internet and electronic media.

Marilyn Hurst

Experts abound on just about any topic dealing with anything we can think or dream about. Great inspirational writings of history are instantaneously available as are the great teachers of esoteric wisdom which appear on your screen with a touch of the finger. Courses in human development and betterment, how-to’s on everything from boosting self esteem to over-coming addictions can be accessed by self-help gurus who are available to us on-line 24/7.

Despite all this accessibility, we still flounder about and sometimes the mass of information only serves to confuse rather than enlighten us. We jump from one idea, teaching or another hoping to find “the definitive answer” that will end our questioning and give us some kind of respite. Somehow we have picked up the belief that there is some great plan, idea or solution, that if only we can grasp it; some perfect way of being that if only we can be it, that will ease the suffering for ourselves and humanity as a whole. Even a cursory think on this idea would prove that this is quite an insurmountable endeavor.

The universe and even our own planet is a constantly changing, ever in flux, idea, concept and imagining thing that is unknowable, despite our attempts at conquering and exploring it. Physicists study it and come away equally perplexed. Scientists are at a loss to understand it, but that doesn’t stop them from examining, studying, testing, exploring and coming up with ever more inventive and elaborate theories to explain the unexplainable.

The average human is subjected to ever more concepts which do little to ease the pain of the unanswerable question of “why we are here and what am I supposed to do with this life?” View points, events, situations, concepts, ideas, relationships, feelings in fact everything in life is in constant change, flashing in and out of our awareness. The nature of change is change and maybe we just have to learn to deal with it and accept it as part of life’s mystery.

So how do we deal with this morphing world of ours? If we contemplate this so called problem and look closely, we can see that although things, people, events, nature, ideologies, nations, everything in fact does change, it’s really our reaction or response to these changes that determine our state of happiness and well being.

Each person is a self-contained barometer of his own making and the thoughts and images that whirl about can be looked at and examined to see if they in fact are meaningful, or if they are “world thoughts” or other peoples’ ideas and not applicable to his life. Plug into the TV or internet and you are instantly at one with everyone and event going on anywhere in our world. Our minds process this information consciously and subliminally and since it’s major function is to inform us of our environment through awareness, often we find that our immediate reaction to what we view might not be nurturing, giving us a sense of well-being, but may evoke a negative reaction in our emotional system making us feel ill at ease, fearful, stressed and uncomfortable.

Thought follows thought in predictable patterns and if we are not conscious and alert, these thoughts can lead us down a path, not of our immediate choosing, but down the road we’ve paved over years of habitual unconscious, unexamined thought taking.

Breaking negative thought patterns is no easy task and most people are not even unaware that they are being taken for a ride by their own thinking. The ancient wisdom sages have likened the human mind to a wild horse. It’s up to the individual to discipline their own mind in order to gain some modicum of awareness, otherwise events, people, their own bodies and lives are like a runaway horse; you’re in the saddle but you have no control over anything.

Slowing everything down is a good start. Taking time out to sit in nature or quietly by ourselves can give us some necessary space to check in and see “how we are”. Most of us are not even aware of how noisy and busy our lives are what with cell phones, blackberries, TVs, blaring music, traffic, wailing sirens and our hectic schedules filling up our time and senses day to day. Early morning and before bed are good times to sit and take inventory with ourselves. Much of our day to day thought taking is idle banter and commentary, however this is time wasting and counterproductive to a creative, fulfilled life.

If we were to watch our mind we’d be amazed at how judgmental we are of ourselves or others and likewise how critical. Most of the time we’re not even conscious that we have this running dialog going on and there is no one on the planet who is 100% free of this internal taskmaster. Sitting quietly for even a few minutes a day, watching our thoughts will prove this to ourselves. This simple practice could herald the breakthrough we need to start our own transformation.

In my opinion, taking personal responsibility for our own head space is the first major step in maturity. When we’ve exhausted every avenue for laying the blame for our misfortunes, bad luck and bad choices on ourselves, our others or the world, then perhaps we can take a long, deep and quiet look inside ourselves. When we can watch the thought patterns that habitually have led us to make decisions over and over that harm rather than nurture us, or calcified ideas from our childhood that limit our potential, we are then in a position of power and dominion.

Marilyn Hurst

I had a high school art teacher that informed me I had no talent and should give up any thought of going into the arts for a profession. At 41, I began painting and discovered I had a whole well spring of creativity in my soul. Breaking out of the conditioned thinking from my childhood imposed by parents, teachers, friends and experiences took time, but success eventually came and for the past 15 years 1 have lived my life as an artist.

Through meditation I learned that nothing is impossible to the human spirit. We can move past our negative conditioning and explore new vistas and bring creativity, peace and harmlessness into our lives and by extension, the lives of those around us. It’s never too early or too late to begin this introspection. We can’t even begin to solve the problems of this world until we solve the problems of our own personal lives. Taking control of our inner world is the solution to our own personal well beingness and the world of our own creating, the one we live, move and have our being in.

Fine Art Festival Gala

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.

Pablo had a very strong rival though in the shape of a
Cubist Cake created by Marilyn Pearson from Cuisine & Company.


Marilyn Pearson of Cuisine and Company and her Cubist Cake …

A Sampling of IAD Friends at Instagram

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IAD Art Festival Opening

ProcreateAd850Procreate is hosting an ART CONTEST to celebrate International Artist Day – ENTER to WIN

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 Lamirand author, 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.

Featured artists adorning IAD Festival walls on WEEK 2 will be photographers:
Marilyn Trenchard,     Wilma Maki,     Bonnie Ayotte,
plus the late Royal Academician photographer Duncan MacDougall.

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-2pm   Mary 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 17th from 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 Ayotte Photographer and Artist will be on hand for a Meet & Greet. Take a look at her work and ask about her inspiration.

October 20th from 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 IAD GALA!  … 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

Wine by our own 1st R.O.W. Winery

Appies by the IAD Committee

Drawing of the Framed Rare L.E. Prints Door Prize

Admission is by donation

More to come, stay tuned …