10-by-10 show fuels community creativity

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Purple Hills Arts and Heritage Society (PHAHS) and Mill Street Art Studio are once again partnering on a community art show that invites everyone of all ages and artistic inclinations to participate.

The 10-by-10 Creemore Art Show has seen many iterations over the years and was revived last year.

All mediums are welcome – including painting, drawing, textiles, printing, collage, photography – with the only parameters being that it must fit on a 10-by-10-inch birch panel, which is included in the $20 registration fee.

Last year’s call yielded 150 submissions from amateur and professional artists ranging in age from six to 96. The pieces were arranged on the walls of the Mill Street Art Studio by its resident artists and hosts of the exhibit Sue Miller (oil painter), Martha Bull (watercolourist), Liz Eakins (paper artist), and Jessica Tamlin (gouache landscape painter).

Organizers are hoping for the same level of participation for this year’s show on May 25-26.

“Please set aside some time to see it. It’s well worth the walk up the stairs,” said Eakins. “It’s a lot of work but it’s

so incredibly rewarding. It’s so fun to receive all the pieces and see what people have created.”

She said for many, it’s their first time seeing their own work hanging in a gallery and it can be very inspiring to see that pride, especially in children.

Tamlin first showed her artwork at the 10-by-10 art show when it went by the name of CreemoreCentric and was hosted by the Mad and Noisy Gallery.

“Back in 2014, the CreemoreCentric art show allowed me a reason to create a piece of art. I felt comfortable entering a painting because the whole community was,” said Tamlin. “Since then I’ve participated in the Creemore Festival of the Arts, joined PHAHS as a board member and became a studio member at Mill Street Art Studio. Through all that I do, my hope is to give other people a reason to create a piece of art like I did.”

Participants have the option of selling their work, with all proceeds going to the artist. Last year’s art ranged in price from $12 to $1,200.

Register online at www.phahs.ca or in person at The Creemore Echo office, at 3 Caroline St. W., where the 10-by-10 panels are available for pick-up.

Return the finished artwork to The Echo before Sunday, May 19, clearly labelled with the artist’s name, contact info and sale price if applicable. The show will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 25 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 26.

There will be an opening reception for members of Purple Hills Arts and Heritage Society on Friday, May 24. 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 contact sueamiller@gmail.com.

Studio hosts events to get creative juices flowing

Recognizing that the creative process may be a bit intimidating for some, Mill Street Art Studio is hosting two open studio sessions to provide encouragement, technical assistance and brainstorm ideas. All four of the studio’s resident artists will be present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 26 and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 28. There is a cost of $20 per person and registration is required. Participants are asked to bring their own materials.

On April 7, Mill Street Art Studio is also hosting a workshop on creative process with Lucy Jinx band mates Chuck Baker and Tony Burgess from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration costs $60 (includes materials) and is required at www.millstreetart.com.

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