Like her artwork, Deloris Long is hoping an upcoming annual art show will capture the mood of the local art community.
Long, a Waverley Heights resident, is among 45 Manitoba artists scheduled to feature in Artarama. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, the event is Winnipeg’s largest charity art exhibit and sale, according to Artarama chair Al Borys.
"I’m generally trying to capture an experience I’ve had when I’m painting," said Long, a former teacher and avid gardener, whose work is influenced by nature and landscapes.
"For example, last year I was on a garden tour. It was the end of the day and the sun was going down and the sunset caught the leaves of a pear which I’ve tried to capture here," said Long, pointing to one of around 10 pieces she will be exhibiting (and potentially selling) at the upcoming event.
"I’m interested in capturing a mood or a feeling, rather than being highly representational like a photograph. In Florida, I was by the ocean and the clouds rolled in and I was fascinated by blues, greens and yellows and the water seemed to take on a green colour as the clouds came in front of the sun," she added.
Long said because painting is a part-time hobby — and not a commercial enterprise — it can be a "statement of personal experience."
"It’s also fun to show my work and see how people receive it and it’s also fun to see my artist friends and see what work they’ve done during the winter."
Artarama 2013 will be held at Mary Mother of the Church at 85 Kirkbridge Dr. in Richmond West on Fri., April 5 from 5 to 9 p.m., Sat., April 6 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. and Sun., April 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be a raffle at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, but winners do not have to be present.
The event is the 17th annual charity art show organized by Our Lady of the Prairie KC Council 5264. Borys said the waiting list for space to exhibit at Artarama is long, which means he can be selective when choosing exhibitors to maximize the quality of art on display. The show is the council’s primary fundraiser, with proceeds going to numerous organizations, including Rossbrook House, Habitat for Humanity and the Christmas Cheer Board.
Art at the event is displayed in two galleries. The first will contain framed art in various mediums, including oil, acrylic, watercolour, collage and etching. Artists are encouraged to bring additional paintings to make sure the gallery remains stocked.
The second gallery will contain unframed art and thousands of cards. "The beauty of the unframed art is that not only are they much lower-priced than the other gallery, but frames can be tailored to the décor of one’s home," Borys said.
Hungry visitors will also be able to visit a café offering sandwiches and home baking, organized by the families of the Knights.
There is no admission charge for Artarama. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.