May 24, 25, 26, 2013
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 of the Columbia Basin Trust.
2013 Oxygen Art Market artists include:
Brent Bukowski, Alf Crossley, Natasha Smith, Brian Cullen, Jim Lawrence, Deb Thompson, Bradley Smith, Arin Fay, Kiera Zaslove, Rachel Yoder, Sally Johnston, Boujke Elzinga, Erica Konrad, Carol Reynolds, Amber Santos, Tanya Pixie Johnston, John Cooper, Kathleen Pemberton, Sergio Santos, Marilyn McCombe, Bridget Corkery, Sue Parr, Krista Lynch, Karen Guilbault, Heather MacAskill, Lainey Benson, Ron Robinson, Michael Graham, Deborah Loxam-Kohl, Avrell Fox, Bryn Stevenson, Brian Kalbfleisch, Nicole Hobbs, Peter Bartl, Jane Merks, Jillian Davis…