Kamloops artists gain exposure with Art Exposed

Old Courthouse host to ongoing exhibit featuring artists from Kamloops

A packed venue at the old courthouse for Art Exposed's largest open house ever. (Tristan Davies/The Omega)

A packed venue at the old courthouse for Art Exposed’s largest open house ever. (Tristan Davies/The Omega)

The Kamloops Old Courthouse was a hive of activity last Friday night for the opening reception of the 2016 Art Exposed Regional Exhibition. It is the sixth year running of the exhibition, which gives all residents of the TNRD the opportunity to submit artwork.

The artists, jurors and Kamloops locals mingled over food and wine amongst the 250 pieces of artwork, in anticipation of the announcement of the juror’s awards and honourable mentions.

There was an eclectic range of work on display, with everything from paintings and drawings to jewellery and pottery.

The jurors included esteemed artists Tracey Kutschker, Vaughn Warren and Wendy Weseen. $600 in cash prizes was given out with eight major awards for both established and emerging artists. Kamloops local Nicole Joss took first place for the 2D Emerging Artist category with her drawing of American tattoo artist Kat Von D holding a sphinx.

“Opening night was amazing,” she said. “It was really diverse this year in styles…I love to draw colourful pictures full of expression and the picture of Kat I drew from captured all of that.”

Art Exposed (Tristan Davies/The Omega)

The Art Exposed exhibit at the Old Courthouse last Friday. (Tristan Davies/The Omega)

First place came as a surprise for Joss. “This award was very unexpected, it was such a boost in confidence. I received so much feedback, kind words and positive vibes from people,” she said.

Laura Balogh also placed first in the Emerging Artist 3D category for her piece Moving Pictures, the Stills of Life, while in the Established Artist category Janice Jarvis took the top prize in the 2D section for her pastel painting of a horse titled Sienna. In the 3D section, Leslie Bolin was awarded first place for her “atmospheric fired teapot” made from clay, bamboo and leather.

Joss said the exhibition was a reminder of the strong artistic community within Kamloops. “The Arts Council really is the greatest support of the little guy… When a city has more platforms for artists the possibilities are endless. The number of paintings that sold this year is proof that Kamloops adores the arts,” she said.

The exhibition runs until March 19 with admission by donation.