Artist Proof Sale
December 6 – 22, 2012
Opening Night Fundraiser and Open House: Thursday, December 6, 2012, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Sale continues through December 22, Tuesday - Saturday, 12:00 to 5:00 pm.
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Forgo the rush and hassle of mall shopping, and choose instead from hundreds of original, affordable works of art during Open Studio’s annual Artist Proof Sale. Open Studio — one of Canada’s premier printmaking studios and galleries — hosts a celebration of printmaking every December, giving art lovers a chance to connect with and purchase unique works of art. Attend the grand opening of the sale on Thursday, December 6th, and you will also have a chance to meet many of the artists who created the artwork in the sale. On the opening night of the sale, the Preview and Open House kick off at 6:00 pm; at 6:30, the cash registers are opened for those who have been anxiously waiting to take home artwork by both old and new favourites.
Open Studio’s Artist Proof Sale and Open House Fundraiser, photo by Ken Ewen.
During the Open House, enjoy the festivities with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar with printmaking-themed cocktails. There will also be printmaking demonstrations with Open Studio artists printing new work by special guest artists, Luis Jacob and Fiona Smyth. Visitors will have the opportunity to win one of the prints made by Jacob and Smyth during the evening. To make holiday gift shopping really easy, Akau Framing will be on site to take framing orders during the Open House on December 6th. Also available will be an exclusive range of t-shirts, aprons, posters and original artists’ greeting cards, perfect for the holidays or any time of year, as well as Open Studio’s artist-designed playing cards and pins, which make great stocking stuffers for the art-lover on your holiday gift list.
The Artist Proof Sale provides art lovers with an exciting opportunity to purchase original, one-of-a-kind fine art prints, at prices ranging from $50 - $300. Hundreds of original works of art – including screenprints, etchings, lithographs and relief prints – will be available over the course of the sale. An amazing variety of artistic styles and types of work will be available by both established and up-and-coming artists from around the country. The Artist Proof Sale is an excellent opportunity for those who are looking to start or add to their art collections. It’s also a terrific way for those who are looking for original holiday gift ideas or who prefer to shop locally to check items off gift lists while also supporting a worthy cause.
Derek Sullivan, Eager, Guilty, Free, Reserved, woodcut on Kozuke, 25" x 37", 2012, $2200 unframed. Printed by Laine
Groeneweg under the auspices of the Open Studio Visiting Artist Residency, 2011-12. Photograph by Chris Thomaidis.
Significant Others at the Artist Proof Sale
Over the past 40+ years Open Studio has amassed a collection of original prints by significant Canadian artists through fundraising proofs artists provide from their printed editions. Significant Others — presented in a dedicated space within the Artist Proof Sale — is a small curated selection from these proofs available for purchase, including work by artists Bill Burns, Graham Coughtry, Dana Holst, John Scott, Greg Staats, Derek Sullivan and Daryl Vocat.
The Artist Proof Sale and Open House is an important fundraiser for Open Studio, with fifty per cent of the sale price of each print going to Open Studio, a charitable organization that works to provide affordable access to printmaking facilities, programs and services for artists from across Canada and abroad. Open Studio’s fundraising activities help to support this artist-run centre’s vital artistic programming, which includes exhibitions, artist talks, tours, demonstrations, hands-on workshops for the public and professional development opportunities for artists, including scholarships for emerging artists and artist residencies. This is always a popular and busy event, with fierce competition for some works, so come early! The sale continues to Saturday, December 22nd. (Payment options: Visa, MasterCard, debit, cheque or cash.)
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Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 12-5pm