Artists step up for ‘Strength by Numbers’ at cre8ery

Cre8ery owner/director Jordan Miller makes last minute touch-ups for Strength by Numbers fundraiser.

More than 100 artists can’t be wrong.

cre8ery – a mainstay in the local art community for a decade, is kicking off a major fundraiser on First Friday, April 7.

Aiming to create “opportunities for artists”, cre8ery is a well-used venue in the Exchange for a variety of events and exhibitions.

More than a hundred artists and counting are donating 50 to 100% of the sale price of their works in the exhibition. The giant silent auction winds up on Thu. Apr. 13 at cre8ery’s 125 Adelaide home.

“We are having a fundraiser this year because in May the owner of the building has increased our rent for the next three years,” explains cre8ery director Jordan Miller. If cre8ery is to keep supporting artists at a “reasonable rate”, funds are needed to subsidize the rent.

“With our last fundraiser in 2011, we allowed rent to stay the same for four years,” said Miller. Some renovations were also done to reduce heating bills, freeing up funds for new gallery lighting.

The mediums in the sale run the gamut from encaustic to paintings to sculpture, jewelry, glass art, ceramics, photography, drawings, print-making, fabric art and more.

Among the 100+ artists participating in the silent auction are Robert Sim, Kathleen Crosby, Keith Wood and Jordan Van Sewell. Bids start as low as $50 and increase $5 or more per additional bid.

Three pieces by Winnipeg artist Keith Wood await bids.

One artist has made seven donations.  Another has made cre8ery mugs, which are planned to be an ongoing fundraiser.

cre8ery mugs crafted by Mike Astill.

The First Friday opening runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Bids close six days later at 9:45 p.m. on Apr. 13 during the 7 to 11 wind-up event, which includes food, music and even a 50-50.

Bocce at the Yellow Store, acrylic by Kris Row.

“Cre8ery is known as a creative space for creative people,” said Miller, “which is actually our tag line.”

During the year Miller estimates between 200 and 500 artists use cre8ery in some way. Membership stands at over 200 and you don’t have to be a member to be part of a main gallery show.

If you poke your head into cre8ery on a Saturday afternoon, chances are you’ll see a class underway or someone beckoning you into their studio.

cre8ery provides studio spaces, exhibition space, professional development seminars and membership opportunities such as networking with other artists.

“The exhibition space in the main gallery changes every two weeks, and the members gallery changes four times within five weeks,” said Miller. “So every week that someone comes to cre8ery they will see something new.”

Miller added, “I’d like to thank all the artists and sponsors, and the volunteers for donating time to make the event a success.”

Sponsors for the event are Cre8ive Supplies & Services, Pratt’s Wholesale Food Service, Tara Davis Boutique and Nott Autocorp & Art Gallery.

After First Friday, the silent auction is open 12 noon – 5 p.m. Saturday and noon – 6 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday.  On Thursday evening Apr. 13, the bidding closes during the celebration which runs 7 p.m. to 11 pm. Circle your calendar now.

Walls of art and unlimited pencils available for all.

All photos by Greg Petzold

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Photographer and local historian in spare time. Hiked Sinai, kayaked Superior, capsized on the Nahanni. Tracing (slowly) the Trans-Canada Trail across Manitoba by bike.

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