The G.A.L.A. (Great Art Loves Attitude!) art show, sale and art walk, organized by the Art Salon Group of St. Marys as a way of showcasing local artists’ work, will run from May 9-19. Throughout that time, artwork will be on display at various downtown locations, including the Black Angus restaurant, St. Marys Public Library, Little Falls Artisan Crafters’ Market, and the Coffee Culture and Barista’s cafés.
G.A.L.A. is being run in conjunction with Stratford’s SpringWorks Festival. For more information about the festival, visit www.springworksfestival.ca/; the Art Salon Group has a page on the SpringWorks website.
Opening Night for the show and sale is Friday, May 10 at the Black Angus. The celebration, which runs from 7-10 p.m., will feature music from one of the Queen Street restaurants favourite live acts, jazz diva Karen Calder on vocals and Angus Sinclair on the keys. Ticket cost for dinner and concert is $40, and reservations for this evening of art, dinner and jazz can be made by calling the Black Angus of at 519-284-0666.
Tickets for the concert only are $20.
“The artists are throwing a party, and everyone is welcome!” enthused Rosemary Radcliffe, an Art Salon Group member who’s curating the artwork that will be on display at the Black Angus.
Radcliffe credited Black Angus proprietors Trevor Exner and Susan Ratz, as well as the restaurant’s staff, for wholeheartedly throwing their support behind the G.A.L.A. concept. Both are big fans of Calder, and are confident the mix of jazz, artwork, and great food will make for a very enjoyable Opening Night for the show and sale.
Ratz, meanwhile, is also an Art Salon Group member; her paintings, along with her very unique creations made from carded wool and felt, will be among the works on display in the restaurant from May 9-19.
“We just like to support the community, and all the initiatives that people put on,” Exner said, when asked about the restaurant’s participation in the G.A.L.A. events. “That community feel is why we came to St. Marys, and we want it to continue.”
Also as part of G.A.L.A., some artwork related to the St. Marys Community Players’ current production of Old Love will be part of the show and sale. The works were completed by cast and crew from the show, as part of a recent “Find the Artist Within” workshop hosted by the Art Salon Group.
Art Salon Group member Darlean Morris commented that the works were originally meant to fulfill a need by the production’s set designers for what was described as “bad art.” But Morris has since uploaded images of some of the collaborative works on her Facebook page, and has received strong response. She’s confident the Community Players’ pieces will attract interest from buyers through the G.A.L.A. Show and Sale.
(Old Love, by Guelph playwright Norm Foster and directed by Don Van Galen, opened April 25 at the Town Hall Auditorium, and runs until May 5. Tickets are available at The Flower Shop and More.)
To mark the conclusion of the G.A.L.A. show, a self-guided Art Walk is planned for Saturday, May 18. Any time between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. participants will be able to pick up a tour map — showing the locations of all G.A.L.A. venues — at an Info Tent that will be set up for the day in front of Town Hall. Studio locations of a number of St. Marys artists — including Alan Dhingra, Bill and Tama Kilborn, Darlean Morris, and Mark Czajkowski — will also be part of the self-guided Art Walk.
Guest artists who will have their works on display during the show include: Anna Koot, Brenda Veitch, Catharine Monteith, Chantelle Marshall, Ev Scott, Kathy Blake, Krista Beckett, Marilyn Williamson, Nancy Plummer, Phil Weadick, Rosemary Radcliffe, Sean Camp, and Winnie Plummer.
On May 18, the Info Tent will also display cards, crafts, small prints and books by Art Salon Group members and and guests.