We seem to say this year after year but it always holds true…In what seems to be the best display of art we have showcased to date, the 7th Annual Art Show and Sale presented by Scotiabank was a record setting event for the artists participating in the Chrysalis Art Program in Edmonton.
Nearly 250 pieces of art were on display throughout our facility basement which included a selection of beautifully appointed canvas paintings. dazzling framed photography and our latest creation, hand sculpted clay pieces. Our Art Program Facilitator, Gonzalo Canales, and his crew of staff and volunteers created a wonderful gallery space for guests to browse which highlighted close to 30 uniquely talented artists.
Our doors opened to donors, sponsors, volunteers and Chrysalis board members at 5:15pm as we treated our supporters to a special VIP sneak peek before we welcomed the public. Many were wowed by the selection and the amazing quality of the artwork and were happy to have the opportunity to scoop up any pieces that interested them before it was too late. At 6:00pm a hoard of art enthusiasts flooded the gallery space and the show was off and running!
Our guests were not only treated to some great artwork, a wide variety of food and beverage were available to enjoy as people viewed the displays, chatted with Chrysalis staff and board members and interacted with many of the artists who were on hand to meet their admirers. Throughout the night, some 250 visitors viewed the gallery, and very few left empty handed.
The framed photography was this big hit of the show this year and it was easy to see why. People had to move quickly to purchase their favourite shot but even when a picture was spoken for, that didn’t stop our guests from ordering re-prints to ensure they could get the image they wanted. Our silent auction, something that was introduced last year, was also a popular feature for our patrons. Four signature pieces were on display and up for bids all evening. Bidding wars quickly began on two paintings just after the public arrived. By the end of the night the four auction pieces had raised nearly $3,000! The highest earner was “The Lady on the Boat” by Jennica Ferdynus which brought in a bid of $1,500! A full look at the auction items can be seen here.
After a visit from our friends at Global Edmonton, the night started to wind down. The last few stragglers cleared out of the gallery space around 9:00pm and the walls and easels were now looking very bare! I mentioned earlier the event was a record setting night. Not only did we likely welcome the largest crowd we’ve witnessed at an Art Show and Sale but we also raised $15,000 which will be shared between the artists and the Art Program…the highest total ever raised at a Chrysalis Art Show!
Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a major success, including our presenting sponsor Scotiabank!
We may be a little worn out from the big event but we are already looking forward to 2016 and the next installment of the Chrysalis Art Show and Sale presented by Scotiabank!