SILVERDALE — Looking for art that startles the viewer — art that inspires, fills the mind with intrigue or amazes with technical finesse?
Do you think art should challenge the social status quo, or touch the soul?
“Whatever you are after in your visual quest for art, the 2013 CVG Show has it all,” said Alan Newberg, exhibition coordinator.
“These 127 artists hail from every quarter of our state and exhibit all of the best qualities of contemporary and traditional art.”
The 2013 CVG Show opens Jan. 19, 1 p.m., and continues until Feb. 23.
The gallery will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays, 1-5 p.m.
The annual CVG Show is one of the largest and most prestigious art competitions in the Northwest. This year, more than 325 artists from 79 Washington cities submitted 896 artworks for consideration. Of these, only 127 pieces were selected for inclusion in the show.
Alfredo Arreguin, an internationally known painter from Seattle, is the juror for this year’s competition.
Arreguin is a highly respected pattern painter, creating rich, multilayered imagery and landscapes, ranging from the rainforests of Mexico to the terrain of the Pacific Northwest. He also uses patterns and Japanese printmaking to create portraits of iconic Mexican figures, such as the artist Frida Kahlo.
Once the exhibit is installed, Arreguin will choose the recipients of $7,000 in prizes going to 11 artists in multiple categories. Additional prizes include a purchase award by the Kitsap County Arts Board, a $300 People’s Choice Award, and a $1,000 Best of Kitsap Award sponsored by the Cultural Arts Foundation Northwest.
Voting for the People’s Choice Award will start when the show opens and continue through Feb. 21 at 5 p.m. The exhibit will be open for a public reception on the evening of Feb. 1, 5-9 p.m., during Bremerton’s traditional First Friday Gallery Walk.
Other events include:
— Feb. 7, 7 p.m., a panel discussion on “Who Puts the Art in Heart.” This guest artist panel will include artist Linley Logan; art patron Dr. Michael Huey; Tacoma gallery owner and fiber artist Deborah Boone; and Olympia artist and appraiser Marianne Partlow. There will be a concert by The Ray Ohls Jazz Quintet.
— Feb. 21, 7 p.m., a ceremony to announce the winner of the People’s Choice Award. Rock Hushka, Tacoma Art Museum chief curator and Pacific Northwest Collection curator, will discuss the regional impact of the 2013 CVG Exhibition.
Collective Visions Gallery is located at 331 Pacific Ave., three blocks from the ferry terminal. Call (360) 377-8327 or go to www.collectivevisions.com.