Painter Rick McDiarmid (right)

‘Mystery’ art for sale

International Artist Day Festival kicks off in a few short weeks.

White Rock’s first International Artist Day Festival, Oct. 21-27 at the White Rock Community Centre, 15154 Russell Ave., will highlight works by invited master artists.

But also showcased will be works by many artists participating in the anonymous 12-by-12-inch exhibition on display at the centre.

Artists from all over B.C. were invited to submit uniform-sized works for this section of the festival – which aims at offering affordable pieces that will be judged, and hopefully purchased, on artistic merits alone.

But the identities are known to organizers – and among those who have submitted works are many well-known and valued names including local artists Shirley Thomas, Pauline Dutkowski, Georgina Johnstone, Sheila Symington, Eve Lees, Jess Rice, Irene Shklover, Trish Pollock, Peter Daniels, Nicole Carrie, Ann Worth, Marilyn Hurst, Louis Bomben and Serge Dube.

Meanwhile, there’s still a chance to buy tickets for the gala-launch event for Friday Oct. 25.

Only 200 tickets will be available for the gala, hosted by Jane Baldwin.

Entertainment will be provided by MC Mark Donnelly and award-winning local bassist Jodi Proznick and her trio – and the first 75 people to buy a ticket will also receive a special bonus – admission to an after party performance by the trio at White Rock’s Blue Frog Studios.

Ticket price ($150) includes a $100 voucher which can be put toward the purchase of any piece of art featured in the festival.

Tickets can be purchased online through White Rock Leisure Services, by calling 604-541-2199 (Ext. 0), or in person at White Rock Community Centre; due to demand tickets cannot be reserved for later purchase.

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