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Gallery revives members show

By DAMIEN WOOD, Herald-Tribune staff
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The Art Gallery of Grande Prairie is bringing back an old and favoured tradition for its members. A Members Exhibition opened Thursday at the Kin Gallery in Centre 2000’s Heritage Discovery Centre.

Spotlighting 42 pieces, the exhibit will allow members to show whatever they want. The only stipulation is the work should have been created in the last five years.

Otherwise, the sky is the limit – no themes, no rules.

“It kind of carries the idea of the differences in work playing against or with each other,” said Todd Schaber, organizer of the exhibit.

“We have everything from drawings, paintings, and a good number of sculptural pieces.”

“The Members Exhibition is a traditional program that the gallery has done for many years during the Christmas season. We haven’t done one since the collapse in 2007 for a lack of facilities, generally,” said Robert Steven, gallery curator/executive director.

“It feels really good to be able to reach out and connect to the community again.”

Schaber said it is something members have traditionally looked forward to. He feels that they are excited to have it back.

“It instills confidence within the members,” he said.

“The reason the gallery is here is not just to show art but also to support the members. It gives credence to being a member of this gallery when you have these opportunities.”

The exhibit will happen at Centre 2000 as restoration on the old Art Gallery of Grande Prairie takes over portions of the new gallery next door in the Montrose Cultural Centre.

The new gallery has about 6,000 square feet of space, 3,000 of which would typically be used for exhibitions.

Steven said the gallery is down to about 2,000 now, and largely administrative space.

This will be the case until the new year, when work to connect the old gallery to the new one is complete.

The restoration project itself is expected to take another year before it is complete.

damienw@bowesnet.com