The 6th Annual Oxygen Art Market will take place on
May 27, 28, 29, 2016
Friday 7-10pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm
320 Vernon Street (back alley entrance) in Nelson
Every year, the Oxygen Art Market attracts hundreds of art-lovers to the Oxygen Art Centre and it’s no wonder! Over 40 established and emerging Kootenay artists submit their paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and other 2D work for this weekend-long event. The work is hung “Salon” style, in the manner of the Académie des Beaux–Arts exhibitions in Paris at the turn of the century, where work was hung on every available wall space from ceiling to floor. With over 150 pieces on display, the hanging is a major undertaking for the volunteer committee, and it makes for a striking event.
Oxygen Art Market is an opportunity to experience first-hand the breadth of work made by West Kootenay artists, and to get yourself a piece of original, locally-made art! With fifty percent of the sales given to the Oxygen Art Centre, the Art Market has become an important fundraiser for the Centre. Oxygen is governed by a collective of professional visual artists, filmmakers, theatre artists and writers. As one of Canada’s 100 or so artist-run centres, Oxygen shares the common mandate to provide an alternative forum for contemporary art, outside of commercial constraints and interests, while recognizing artists through the payment of professional fees. Oxygen Art Centre gratefully acknowledges the support for this event from Columbia Basin Trust and our Business for the Arts sponsors; Hall Printing, Nelson Star and Juice FM, and organizational support from BC Arts Council and Province of BC.
2016 Oxygen Art Market artists include:
Ian Johnston, Natasha Smith, Joseph Cross, Natalie Purschwitz, Paul Walde, Deborah Thompson, Tanya Pixie Johnson, Yvonne Munroe, Coleman Webb, Carol Reynolds, Pam Sims, Rachel Yoder, Sally Johnston, Boukje Elzinga, Erica Konrad, Amber Santos, Stephanie Kellett, John Cooper, Kiera Zaslove, Sergio Santos, Marilyn McCombe, Lainey Benson, Sue Parr, Beth Callis, Nicole Hobbs, Deirdre McLaughlin, Kate Bridger, Jennifer Lount-Taylor, Ho Soon Yeen, Savi Hanning-Brown, Danielle N. Simm, Branda Christoffersen, Danan Lake, Mirja Vahala, Beth Austin, Mary-Ellen Marshall, Leya Deschuymer, Karen Guilbaullt, Lindsay Dew, Jay Gazley