“The number one rule of being an artist is getting your work in on time.”
The crowd smiled as Laura Schneider, curator at The Reach Gallery and Museum, offered welcoming remarks and advice to hopeful artists at the opening reception of Art on Demand 1:1.
Although under the direction of the gallery, Art on Demand is curated by members of Emerge, a program for aspiring artists and arts professionals ages 16-30.
This exhibit runs until July 5 and features Emerge members Kendra Schellenberg, Nastasha Mol, and Angelica Born. It is the first of several planned Art on Demand exhibits at The Reach this season.
Schneider said once students complete their bachelor of fine arts degree they often lose touch with the arts community. The Emerge program helps young artists stay connected and gain momentum in their careers.
Emerge membership allows artists to learn professional practices, affords access to workshops, creates networking and mentorship opportunities, and offers several chances per year to exhibit in a professional gallery. The program is ideal for committed young people who can imagine having careers in arts and culture.
For the 2015/16 season, Art on Demand is calling for submissions. Applications are due by June 19, 2015 and will be adjudicated by The Reach staff.
Robyn Roste lives and works in Abbotsford. She loves telling stories and learning more about her city.