Archive: August 2015

SCA 47th Open National Juried Exhibitions Opens in Calgary or “How Sheep Stole the Show”

When thinking of Calgary in the midst of cowboy country, horses naturally come to mind but no, sheep stole the show in Calgary! I have never seen a jury deliberate that intensely to finally come to their decision. New Brunswick’s Ann Balch’s watercolour “Two of a Kind” captured the jurors’ hearts and rewarded it with the Top Award: the Antoinette Stevens’ Award for Best Painting in Show. Best Acrylic, again sponsored by the Stevens family, was awarded to Greg Dow’s  “Gregorian Shore I”. He hails from Ontario. Two florals captured the SCA Awards of Excellence, “Cannas #7” by Sharlene Stushnov-Lee and “Orange Day Lily” by Marney Ward, both from Victoria, B.C. Finally, the jurors were impressed with Joel Sinclair’s “Gentle Motion” and Elaine Funnell’s “Heracleum lanatum” – Seasons-Cow-Parsnip Study giving them an Award of Merit each, both from Alberta.

Gainsborough Galleries was abuzz with visitors and artists to celebrate the opening of the 47th Open. People enjoyed the wonderful art and lovely refreshments. At 1pm, I held an opening address speaking of the SCA’s accomplishments bringing artists from across Canada together for 47 consecutive years. Since so many people ask about it, I briefly made some comments about the jury system and then handed out the awards. Unfortunately, only one recipient, Joel Sinclair, was present. However, I did speak to the others previously and they were most appreciative of the honours they received. All in all it was a great start to this yearly event and so far 9 paintings were sold.

The exhibitions remains at the gallery until August 8. It can be viewed in its entirety including the award-winning paintings until our next show later in the fall.

Karin Richter

Director of Exhibitions

Joel Sinclair SCA, Karin Richter SCA, Sheila Warren, David Cadman

And here are some photos of the work on opening night!