Rainforest Arts members don’t often have the opportunity to exhibit their larger works due to limited wall space, but from September to November 13, the BIG Art Show will be giving them and patrons of the region, the opportunity to think BIG.
The BIG Art exhibit takes up the entire wall space of the Chemainus Valley Community Gallery. Currently on display must be at least 24 inches to 36 inches wide and there is no height limit except as the logistics of moving and hanging parts dictate.
In addition to showcasing their great works, artists will have the chance to speak BIG during the exhibition.
“There will be opportunities during the show for the performers to meet the audience,” said show organizer Daphne Carlyle. In October and November, Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., artists are invited to do demos at the gallery.
Check out the calendar of events on CVCAS.ca to find out who will be at the BIG Art table.
Why do artists feel compelled to create BIG art? Dramatic and emphatic statements are sometimes expressed in large, such as Liberty Leading the People by Eugène Delacoix, which portrayed the overthrow of the king during the Second French Revolution. Or an artist might want to draw viewers into a global environment, like Claude Monet’s Water Lilies series.
The RFA exhibit cannot reach that scale, of course, but the urge to become BIG is what is exhibited, a desire that has long been a driving force at Chemainus – Muraltown, where BIG art is a driving passion. .
BIG Art will be on display at Rainforest until mid-November. Visit 9781 Willow Street, Wednesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More information at 250-246-4861 or at [email protected].ca.