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Off the Wall always on point

The Canmore Art Guild’s (CAG) Off the Wall three dimensional exhibition annually proves mediums and esthetics in art know no bounds – and never should.

The Canmore Art Guild’s (CAG) Off the Wall three dimensional exhibition annually proves mediums and esthetics in art know no bounds – and never should.

To show, capture and illustrate you truly are left with limitless opportunity and total freedom towards, and in your personal creativity.

The exhibit’s opening reception at CAG Gallery in Canmore’s Elevation Place is Friday (Oct. 23) from 7-9 p.m. with opening remarks and the exhibit’s artists on hand to celebrate and discuss their latest works.

This year’s artist’s include Peig Abbott, Karen Antrobus, Ed Bamiling, Tony Bloom, Joan Dunkley, Wanda Ellerbeck, Peter Fuhrmann, Bill Hunt, Priscilla Janes, Susan Kun, Mary Lynne McCutcheon, Glennie McKirdy, Joe Martin, Meg Nicks, Kerrie Pain, Dana Roman, Juerg Salzgeber, Claudia Schellenberg, Jack Whitworth and Kari Woo with the exhibit slated to run to Nov. 10.

Off the Wall is a special invitational, annual exhibit of guild member’s work curated and presented by member Pricilla Janes to showcase the breadth and variety of artwork guild members create throughout their individual careers by celebrating a rare opportunity to have their pieces together in one gallery.

One such artist is member and CAG gallery director Dana Roman, who will have several textile pieces in this year’s exhibit and explained the importance of the annual exhibit. Roman says for this year she has three large pieces, along with a soft-sculpture made of felt for this year’s exhibit.

“It started with just two members, Priscilla Janes and Joe Martin, and then it developed into the three dimensional show every year with more and more of the artists getting involved,” Roman said.

Roman added, the idea for Off the Wall is to add as much programming as possible to coincide with solo artists, and other exhibits offered throughout the year at the CAG Gallery.

“We want to have as many different shows as possible; we have photography shows, this year we have an abstract show and we had an invitational B.C. gallery show this year, so we try to offer specialized shows along with our guild member shows to make up a variety,” Roman said.

The exhibit has become an anticipated event due to the variety of mediums found in one show, with ceramics, textiles, wood and jewelry all showcased side by side.

“It’s functional and nonfunctional art and most of the Canmore visitors really enjoy this show because it is so different and it’s quite exciting to set up a three dimensional show compared to just pictures on the wall,” Roman said. “To make the whole show, when you enter the gallery it has to all be a piece of art, and that’s what Pricilla is doing really well.”

The CAG Gallery at Canmore’s Elevation Place is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed on Wednesdays.

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