Who? You and your friends
What? Fourth Friday Art Stroll
Where? Galleries of Sisters
This month we are honoring the Annual Community Art Show featuring 148 works of art by 51 local artists. The show will be held in the Sisters Library. Some of the galleries normally open on 4th Friday will be will be taking a break this month, and directing their patrons to visit the library artist reception. We suggest you visit galleries in town before 5:30 p.m. and head to the library by 6:00 p.m. for the artist reception and People’s Choice Awards. The library will be serving hors d’oeuvres and beverages.
Voting is now open for the People’s Choice Awards, presented as part of the 12thAnnual Sisters Library Annual Art Exhibit, sponsored by Friends of Sisters Library (FOSL). The entries include photographs, paintings in oil, watercolor, and acrylic, sculpture, scratchboard, quilts, pencil drawings, pottery, jewelry, glass art, wooden boxes, and more. Each piece is the original work of a local artist.
Anyone who visits the library between now and Jan. 25 may vote for their three favorite pieces in the exhibit. Voting slips and pencils (and the drop box for ballots) are located on the table at the entrance to the community room. Be sure to walk through the entire library, because art is displayed in the community and computer rooms, children’s area, reading area, study desks, and even hanging from the rafters and behind the check-out desk. The walls are full and the quality of the work is better than ever, according to many who were visiting and voting on Saturday afternoon.
Many of the artists who submitted this year are previous award winners. Sisters artist Linda Hanson, whose photograph from Cuba won a top award a few years ago, this year turned to her brushes to paint a rural scene from down near Fossil. Young photographer Austin James Jackson has returned with yet another large photograph on metal, and colored pencil art shows up on new wood planks by Steve Mathews, in addition to new landscapes by Mike Stasko. All are prior award winners. New to the show this year are fused glass paintings by Mel Archer and clay figures by Mary Moore. There are popular wooden boxes by Laurence Dyer, and jewelry by Mary Jo Weiss, and so much more displayed in the glass cases in the lobby.
The Friends of Sisters Library will receive a 10-percent commission for any artwork sold during the exhibit, which is a fundraiser for FOSL. To purchase art, complete a request form that can be found near the ballot box in the community room. Be sure to date your request, because if multiple forms are received for the same piece, the earlier one will be honored.
BONUS: Enter to win, at every gallery you visit, for the Quick Draw – a $100 gift certificate from a local sponsoring business. And be sure to ask about the Sponsoring Restaurants who support our 4th Friday Events during and following the stroll.