Artist Graham Giles' 'A convoluted old story a singularity' is part of the Art Victoria Now exhibit.

Artist Graham Giles' 'A convoluted old story a singularity' is part of the Art Victoria Now exhibit.

Art Victoria Now exhibit on display to public

Victoria’s growing reputation as a North American “art phenomenon” is being put on show for the first time in 45 years

Victoria’s growing reputation as a North American “art phenomenon” is being put on show for the first time in 45 years by the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria.

The juried exhibition is intended to inaugurate an annual celebration of the region’s burgeoning creative community.

Art Victoria Now kicks off with a free opening reception May 7 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at The Atrium, 800 Yates St. The exhibition runs to May 10.

The organizing committee poured over 600 submissions from artists residing in Greater Victoria.

The challenging task of choosing the works, submitted anonymously, was mostly an on-line process. The outcome is a diverse selection of approximately 100 pieces including paintings, three-dimensional constructions, sculpture and photography.

“Our four jurors, all well-known experts with deep roots in Victoria’s creative community, have chosen some very exciting art with definite stand-out pieces by artists such as Martin Batchelor, Roy Green, Richard Hunt, Grant Watson, and many others,” says Stephanie Eisenbraun, CACGV art coordinator.  Jurors include: Elaine Monds: (Alcheringa Gallery), Michael Warren: (Madrona Gallery), Shawn Shepherd: (Polychrome Gallery), Peter Such: (Victoria College of Art).

“We hope this inaugural Art Victoria Now open show will demonstrate to the art-loving public, to collectors and to international visitors that the Capital Region’s art scene is: diverse, significant, authentic and truly ours,” said Such,  who is also a CACGV board director.