Stephanie Eisenbraun

Look Show at Uptown helps artists be seen

The main level of Uptown will be transformed into a richly textured world of colour, shape and emotion – heaven for any art lover

The Look Show isn’t a contest – it’s a celebration. There are no winners or losers. The goal of the show is to give artists an opportunity to get noticed by casual art enthusiasts and aficionados alike, perhaps for the very first time. Artists of every level are invited to participate.

“After seeing the 300 pieces on display last year, I can say that the visual appeal of the show is absolutely amazing,” said Nicole Oien, who works with the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria – the event’s organizing group. “You get to see art from all over the community, from many different people, all gathered in one place.”

For 15 years, the Look Show has been a launching pad for the careers of Victoria’s budding painters, photographers, jewellers, weavers and sculptors. From now to May 24, 4,000 square feet at Saanich’s Uptown shopping centre will be given over to local artists to display their creations.

“It’s not juried, it’s for everybody,” said Oien. “It’s a chance for all of the community to display their art and be seen.”

This year, the month-long show will also feature live performances, demonstrations and readings by the artists, who will explain the details of their creative processes.

“It’s the first time that we’ll offer an honourarium for people who want to talk about their art. We’ll have singers, dancers, painters – photographers will bring their lenses and cameras and explain how they get their shots.”

The main level of Uptown will be transformed into a richly textured world of colour, shape and emotion – heaven for any art lover.

Learn more online at cacgv.ca.