This spring, St. Paul will play host to a gathering of artistic talents. The 2020 Alberta Community Arts Clubs Association (ACACA) Northern Zone Art Exhibit and sale will take place in St. Paul May 9 and 10, hosted by the St. Paul Visual Arts Centre, but will feature artists from across northern Alberta.
The Visual Arts Centre is excited about the opportunity to host an event of this size. The Northern Zone takes in a large area of the province, beginning at Highway 14, and going north to the North West Territories.
“This is a huge area and so it will be a great opportunity to see art and sculpture from so many unique perspectives, including our own local talent,” reads and email received from the Visual Arts Centre. There are plans to organize a small art market during the exhibition, along with a silent auction.
The Northern Zone Art Exhibit is a juried show with various categories and talent levels. Artists must be members of the ACACA prior to Feb. 28 in order to register pieces in the show. Membership is open to all individuals who share the ideals of the organization.
Eryl Stark, pottery director at the Visual Arts Centre, has taken on the role of being the director of the upcoming show. She says the show will bring in people from across the area, and offers artists the chance to showcase their talents.
She adds that winners at the zone show will see their work move on to a provincial show.
Eryl believes the St. Paul area includes a number of talented artists and sees the zone show as an opportunity to bring the local art community together.
“It should bring lots of people, from all of northern Alberta, to St. Paul.”
Despite the zone taking in about a third of the province, the Northern Zone Director for the ACACA is also a local name - Hans Rohner of Elk Point. Rohner is a sculpture.
Artists who are interested in getting involved can visit www.acaca.ab.ca for more information. Local artists can also contact Stark directly at 780-645-8587.
The registration deadline for the Northern Zone Art Show is April 1. The show will be open to the public May 9 and 10, with an official reception and welcome taking place on May 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the St. Paul Visual Arts Centre.