One of the longest running — if not the longest running — art shows in the province is about to celebrate its 45th birthday.
Although not much new is planned for this year’s annual Ashcroft Art Show, those involved promise the event will be everything artists and art enthusiasts have come to expect.
“It’s grown. It goes up and down and changes, but it’s a fun evening,” Jo Petty, one of the featured artists, said Tuesday.
“It’s the gala event of the year. People look forward to it.”
Petty has been involved for the better part of 25 to 30 years. When she started, four artists painted together in a basement and showed off their work at the village’s St. Alban’s Church Hall.
This year upwards of 30 artists will present 200 entries to the 800 or so people who will attend the five-day event, which begins April 20 with a showing from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The venue is open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. daily from April 21 to 24. Petty said children from local schools will view the work on April 23 and 24.
“The little ones, they get excited about it,” she said, adding the show is a learning opportunity for them.
Primarily a show and sale for painters, Petty said sculptors and photographers are coming on board. Potters have displayed their wares in the past, but the medium was deemed too practical.
“We have a focus on the fine arts,” she said.
Traditionally a landscape painter, Petty now finds herself deconstructing her work and moving into the abstract. She said it’s nice to try something different.
This year’s event is dedicated to Bob Linklater and his wife, Phyllis, who have supported the show and Ashcroft Art Club for years. Linklater and his wife are artists and members of the club, he said. He has also framed a lot of the artists’ work over the year.
The dedication came as a surprise to the Linklaters, but the recognition is nice, he said.