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Collective Visions clears its walls for The CVG Show

During February at Collective Visions - Courtesy Photo
During February at Collective Visions
— image credit: Courtesy Photo

Collective Visions is thinking big this month.

Members and show organizers have been hard at work clearing the entirety of the gallery space to make way for the CVG show, the first statewide art show the gallery has ever hosted.

From a total of 600 works of art submitted by more than 250 artists from around the state, art consultant, curator and CVG show juror Susan Parke (well-known for her work as executive director of the Museum of Northwest Art in LaConnor) has selected 147 pieces that will make up one of the most diverse shows the Kitsap art world has seen.

Collective Visions president Alan Newberg is hoping this show will help put Kitsap on the map for artists throughout the state.

The CVG show likely caught more than a few eyes with its total combined purse value of $8,000, made possible by big-name local sponsors. Prizes include $1,500 for best of show, $1,000 to each first place in the three different categories and $300 for the people’s choice.

Submissions came from as far east as Ellensburg and Spokane, Bellingham to Ocean Shores from North to South and from all over Kitsap, Seattle and Olympia in categories of 2D, 3D and photographic art.

The diverse collection includes pieces like 8-foot-tall statues that challenge the show’s size limit to tiny fine jewelry, mural-sized paintings, textiles, traditional oils and acrylics, and abstract photography, it’s a wonder how they are going to fit it all in the gallery space at 331 Pacific Avenue.

The show opens for its first public preview at from 5-8 p.m. Feb. 1 during Bremerton’s First Friday gallery walk. The official opening, with award winners posted for everything but people’s choice, will be from noon to 6 p.m. Feb. 2, with an artists reception, reward ceremony and juror’s lecture slated for that evening.

But the art will hang throughout the month, and Collective Visions is celebrating with a month full of events.

The CVG show closes at 5 p.m. Feb. 29. Info: or call (360) 377-8327.

Look for an in-depth article and sights from the show in next week’s What’s Up.

CVG Show List of Events:

• Feb. 1, 5-8 p.m. — Public preview at the gallery, 331 Pacific Ave. in Bremerton.

• Feb. 2, Noon-6 p.m. — Official opening at the gallery.

6 p.m. — Artists’ reception at Kitsap Credit Union building at Second and Washington Ave. in Bremerton.

7 p.m. — Awards’ ceremony at Kitsap Credit Union.

7:45 p.m. — Juror’s lecture with Susan Parke at Kitsap Credit Union

(RSVP for the Feb. 2 evening events at (360) 377-8327).

• Feb. 10, 3 p.m. — Windemere lecture — Jeff Whyman lecture on 21st century clay art at the gallery.

• Feb. 15, 7 p.m. — Geniuses of Jazz concert: Mark Lewis and David Friesen at the gallery.

• Feb. 22, 7 p.m. — Member lecture — Harry Longstreet on photography as art at the gallery.

8 p.m. — Member lecture — Alan Newberg on painting and sculpture today at the gallery.

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