The new year-round Community Art Display program is an initiative of the Sechelt Arts Coordinator, Siobhan Smith, in partnership with Margaret Hodgins, Chief Librarian of the Sechelt Public Library. These rotating exhibitions will bring art into the Library and public areas of the Municipal Hall office to ensure the art is visible and accessible to the community. It is hoped that these exhibitions will provide an enhanced cultural experience for Library patrons, while at the same time supporting the local arts community. Smith New at the Sechelt Library: Art! described the program as an opportunity for artists at all stages of their career “we envision two or three exhibitions to be held each year featuring works in a variety of mediums by local artists – from student to professional – all are welcome to apply.”
After an open call to all artists on the Coast, four artists were selected for the first display: Leif-Kristian Freed, Marlene Lowden, Betty Pehme, and Hiroshi Shimazaki.
Also on display in the Library are two painted portraits from the District of Sechelt’s public art collection – “The Cougar Ladies” by Carmen Gehring. Current works will be on display until January 2015.
Interested in having your artwork on display? Check out the information online at sechelt.ca (in the “Arts in Sechelt Info” section). You can also contact Siobhan Smith, Arts Coordinator, directly with any questions: ssmith@ sechelt.ca or 604-989-0804. Applications from artists are accepted on a rotating basis.