‘Art On The Line’ gala to raise funds for visual arts programs

A gala fundraiser on February 4 continues a tradition of putting “Art On the Line” in Kelowna to raise funds for visual arts programs.

Organized by UBC Okanagan's Visual Arts Course Union and the Department of Creative Studies in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, proceeds from this year’s fourth-annual Art On the Line fundraiser will support a field trip and a graduating show for visual arts students in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (FCCS). A portion of the funds will support a secondary school art competition in the Central Okanagan’s School District #23.

Each $150 ticket to the gala evening admits up to two people, and entitles the ticket holder to take home one piece of original, juried art, and enjoy appetizers and live entertainment. For those who would like to attend the event without a ticket, there will be a $5 charge at the door (starting at 6 p.m.).

Art On the Line features over 100 works of art, including juried works by students, works by noted local artists and Creative Studies professors, and alumni of the Visual Arts program.

“The works will include a variety of visual mediums such as drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, mixed media, and sculpture to meet the tastes and interests of everyone,” says Ruth MacLaurin, Associate Professor of Visual Arts and one of the event organizers.

Ticket holders will randomly select the artworks by picking numbers out of a hat. “With more than 100 works to choose from, even the last ticket holder gets a choice of juried artwork,” MacLaurin points out.

One of the most significant events of the year for the Visual Arts students is the annual field trip, which takes place during spring break in February. This year’s destination is San Francisco.

“The trip allows students to experience in person the works of well-known artists,” says MacLaurin. “They also have an opportunity to visit a variety of galleries and educational institutions, all within a different cultural setting. Art On the Line helps to make this trip a reality.”

This year, Art On the Line will be held in the Parkinson Recreation Centre’s Apple Room, 1800 Parkinson Way, Kelowna, B.C., on Saturday, February 4. Artwork viewing will take place at 4 p.m. and the selection will begin at 7 p.m. sharp. Live entertainment, door prizes, appetizers and refreshments served.

MacLaurin notes that a few tickets are still available. For more info, call Ruth MacLaurin at 250-807-9763 or Linda Falkingham at 250-807-9761.

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