Cathy Bagley from the Alberni Valley Museum hangs an oil on canvas by Nigel Davies of a cargo freighter named after the City of Port Alberni in 1971. The painting is part of Picturing Alberni

Picturing Alberni opens Oct. 25

New exhibit at Alberni Valley Museum highlights city art collection.

A new exhibit starting at the Alberni Valley Museum this Friday, Oct. 25 showcases the city’s art collection.

Picturing Alberni features 115-120 pieces of two-dimensional artwork created by Port Alberni artists, featuring Port Alberni or donated by someone living in Port Alberni.

The exhibit will be hung salon style, with First Nations artwork mixed in with watercolours, mixed in with oils on canvas and acrylics. Art is hung alphabetically beginning on the left wall as you walk into the exhibit space.

“It was largely driven by the reconstruction of the curatorial and work areas in back,” museum director Jamie Morton said.

“We have a lot of our three-dimensional artifacts out but not so much of the art.”

The exhibit gives the museum the opportunity to bring out some of the artwork previously stored in the back and give the public a chance to view it.

The art collection comprises more than 400 pieces, so it was difficult to choose which ones to include in the exhibit, curator Kirsten Smith said.

There are also some exhibits of equipment used to create art, such as linocuts and the actual paint box from artist Guy Roberts.

The exhibit, which has been going up this week, has already generated some interest, Morton said.

 

◆ PICTURING ALBERNI opens Oct. 25 (grand opening Nov. 7). The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday at 4255 Wallace St.

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