Through my eyes ArtWalk 2016 was a great success. The 23rd annual multi-arts festival features the original works of over 300 artists. It is capped off with art talks, demonstrations, workshops, hands on activities and of course, great food. But more than that, its success is a credit to so many volunteers from the arts community and from Lake Country in general.
My experience with ArtWalk began in 2010. After much nudging and encouragement from well-known photographer and friend, Michael Breakey, I decided to enter.
Unlike most other art disciplines exhibited at ArtWalk, photography is juried. Those wishing to exhibit their photography must have their submissions juried. To my great surprise in 2010 the jury accepted two of my images. I’ve submitted images annually since and have only missed acceptance once.
To be juried into ArtWalk is a humbling experience. Many photographers submit their work for jurying. Only about a third of those images are accepted. Further, to be included in a show with some of the finest artists in Southern Interior of British Columbia is very gratifying.
More important to my experience is that I’ve been lucky more often than not to send my work off to new homes. It amazes me that of all the wonderful choices on display at ArtWalk, my art has been purchased to hang in someone else’s home. For that I am truly grateful.
The piece that I exhibited at ArtWalk this year is titled, Night Light. I captured the image at the public wharf in Cowichan Bay, B.C. I had arrived at the wharf well before sunrise. Light from a halogen lamp behind me cast a surreal colour to the canoes and dinghies that had been pulled up on the dock below me. Beyond, the wharf and boats slowly emerged from the darkness as the sun made its presence felt.
Night Light right out of the camera I thought was an effective composition. As I examined it I concluded that it would be a great candidate for digital painting. Much like my Victoria Harbour image that I made several years ago I gave Night Light the look of a painting. Printed on canvas and framed with a liner I loved the way it presented.