How much is a painting worth if you don’t know who painted it?
100 Braid Street Studios is exploring the world of anonymous art for a celebration of International Artist Day. The studio is hosting an Anonymous Art Show, opening with a gala on Wednesday, Oct. 25 and running Oct. 27 to 29.
International Artist Day was launched on Oct. 25, 2004, to celebrate the contributions artists make to society. 100 Braid Street is joining this year and has invited both established and emerging artists from all over B.C. to participate with their best work.
The show features unframed artwork, all 12 by 12 inches, with oil and acrylic paintings, photography and mixed media pieces. Every piece will be on sale for $150, with $100 going directly to the artist.
The remainder is going to the Camp Kerry Society to provide art supplies and therapy to bereaved children and families, plus covering basic costs of the show.
“This art show enables the community to support emerging artists and provides an opportunity to purchase a professional artist’s work at an entry level price,” a press release notes.
The opening gala will cost $150 for single registration, or $200 per couple, with a $100 patron coupon towards the purchase of your choice of art.
The show will include one to three works of art from each artist, and artists’ identities will remain secret until after the artwork is purchased. Buyers will be able to have their piece wrapped and take it home that night, and the “sold” tag will reveal the artist’s name.
The show will also feature the work of a well-known artist from Lethbridge, Alta.: Brad Dunn, whose pieces are caricatures of famous artists such as Dali, Van Gogh and Picasso.
Along with the chance to peruse the art, visitors will enjoy a menu of locally sourced charcuterie, cheese and vegetable boards by Chef Bain Van Dam of Fork & Knife Catering, plus wine or beer. Entrance will be by ticket only, so be sure to buy ahead at www.eventbrite.ca.
If you can’t make the gala, a public opening reception will be held on Friday, Oct. 27 from 7 to 10 p.m., featuring a cash bar and light snacks, and the show will be open for viewing on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
See www.100braidststudios.com for details.