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Square Foot Show bursting with imagination


By Whitney South, Best of London. 07.13.18

A fixture in Wortley Village for the past six years, Westland Gallery’s Square Foot Show is once again on the London grid.

With hundreds of pieces lining the walls, highlighting both a plethora of subjects and media, from the conventional to the avant-garde, there’s a little something for everyone — and according to associate director Danielle Hoevenaars, that’s exactly what makes the show so special.

“The diversity of this show always impresses me,” she said. “It’s a testament to the number of creative, imaginative minds in the London area.”

This year’s crop of artists is over 180 strong, contributing from one to three pieces each, and while the show encapsulates a selection of both high realism and painterly styles, it’s safe to say both oils and acrylics are well represented. Meanwhile, there are also some very unusual mediums and techniques on display, including wooden, metal and glass sculptural works, encaustics, photography, digital art, printmaking and mixed media.

The collection also includes pieces from several artists who have had, or will have, a show as a part of the gallery’s 2018 solo and paired exhibition roster, including pieces from creators such as Donna Andreychuk, Erica Dornbusch, Carol Finkbeiner Thomas, Paul Abeleira, Denise Antaya, John Huggins, Jeanette Obbink, Eleanor Lowden, Elle Belz, Sheila Davis and Lisa Johnson.

While anything goes when it comes to subject matter, the only criteria for submissions is the work must measure an even 12 in. x 12 in. on the outside, with no more than five inches of depth — hence the moniker, the Square Foot show. The idea made its way to London after Westland co-owners Karen Stewart and her husband Al visited a similar exhibit in Toronto. It’s been a Forest City staple ever-since.

Eventually the only limitation became how many pieces they could hang on the walls.

“Each year we look forward to the tradition of our Square Foot Show,” said Hoevenaars. “Seeing artists who have been participating in the show since the beginning, and welcoming new faces to the gallery — it’s a special time of year for us and for the community to come together on this exciting project.”

 

The Square Foot Show takes over the Westland Gallery (156 Wortley Rd.) until Friday, Aug. 10.

Gallery hours run Tuesdays to Fridays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, visit www.westlandgallery.ca.



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