Community Art Exhibition - Last call for local artists
Find out how local artists can display their work at Gallery M.
This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 46 - October 2014.
Local artists have until 31 October to enter their work to be displayed for free at a professional gallery as part of this year’s City of Marion Community Art Exhibition.
The annual event will profile the work of amateur and professional artists working in any media, including painting, ceramics, photography, sketches and sculpture with an exhibition at the Marion Cultural Centre’s Gallery M from 30 November.
The first artist to nominate was the winner of last year’s prize for the most outstanding exhibit, Roger Hjorleifson, who has entered every Community Art Exhibition since the event began in 2001.
For this year’s entry Mr Hjorleifson has created a bust of legendary broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough and a Goliath beetle.
Titled David and Goliath, the life-sized sculpture breaks the mold for the Canada-born artist whose work is renowned for its lifelike portrayal of animals.
“The first City of Marion Community Art Exhibition sparked my career as an artist by giving me an opportunity to show my work in a professional gallery,” Mr Hjorleifson said.
“I’m particularly excited about this year’s exhibition as this is the first bust I’ve created and encourage all local aspiring artists who put their hearts and souls into their work to enter an exhibit.
“I have never had formal art training, but am always inspired at the thought of having my work displayed.”
Mr Hjorleifson, who earns his living as a spray painter, has artworks displayed around the world, including in Switzerland, Japan and England.
To enter an artwork in the exhibition, people must live in the Marion Council area and submit an entry form before Friday, 31 October. Forms are available on the Gallery M website.
The City of Marion Community Art Exhibition will run from 30 November to 9 January 2015 and includes a $200 prize for the most outstanding exhibit.
Manager Gallery M Julie Pritchard said: “The City of Marion Community Art Exhibition has highlighted the work of more than 1500 local artists since it was launched in 2001.”
“I invite all artists in Marion to submit their work and contribute to a unique snapshot of local talent.”
- Find out more about Gallery M.
- See more photos of Roger and his work on the City of Marion Facebook page.
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