10-by-10 community art project open to all

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The community is once again invited to participate in a 10-by-10 inch art project, open to everyone regardless of age and artistic skill level.

The project, which has seen many iterations over the years, is being held in partnership with Purple Hills Arts and Heritage Society and Mill Street Art Studio, where the finished artwork will be displayed in a grid.

Organizers are hoping to get 100 or more submissions of all mediums.

The show was first held in 2008 as a fundraiser for the Mad and Noisy Gallery, owned and operated by a collective of artists, under the name of Creemorecentric.

Organizer Liz Eakins is a former member of Mad and Noisy Gallery, who currently works out of Mill Street Art Studio, with Sue Miller and Martha Bull, with Jessica Tamlin also coming on board.

“People have missed having the art gallery,” said Eakins, adding that this show will be fully curated and professionally hung. She encourages everyone to participate, in all mediums including painting, drawing, printing, collage, and photography. “Part of it is that joy of seeing your work hanging in a gallery, especially for the first time.” The 10×10 birch panels and some canvases will be available at The Creemore Echo beginning next week. There is no limit on entries and people are encouraged to sign up early so that more canvases can be ordered if necessary.

There is a registration fee of $20 to cover the cost of the materials. All the submitted work will be on sale during the weekend of May 27-28, with proceeds going directly to the artist.

Register online at www.phahs.ca or in person at The Echo, located at 3 Caroline St. W.

Take a picture of the finished product and post it on social media tagging @ purplehillsarts and @millstreetart before returning it to The Echo, clearly labelled with the artist’s name and contact info. The deadline is Sunday, May 21.

There will be an opening reception for Purple Hills Arts and Heritage Society on May 26. Memberships are available online and cost $25 per person, $40 for a family, $100 for a benefactor and $200 for a patron.

For more information about the project, or if the cost is prohibitive, contact eakinsbruer@sympatico.ca.

File photo: The 10-by-10 art exhibit has gone through many iterations in Creemore, including a show of participating artists at Station on the Green during the 2019 Creemore Festival of the Arts.

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