Anonymous Art Show sells $10K worth of art on opening night 

click to enlarge PHOTO BY EMILY SERRELL PHOTOGRAPHY - The Anonymous Art Show took place on April 5 at the Maury Young Arts Centre.
  • Photo by Emily Serrell Photography
  • The Anonymous Art Show took place on April 5 at the Maury Young Arts Centre.

For the second year in a row, the opening night of the Anonymous Art Show, Arts Whistler’s largest annual fundraiser, has proven to be an enormous success.

The exhibit asks local artists of all experience and ability levels to submit a one-of-a-kind, eight-by-eight-inch artwork. But here’s the catch: artists’ identities are hidden, so eager buyers have no idea who produced each work. The exhibit’s opening night, held on April 5 at the Maury Young Arts Centre, saw nearly half of the 370 works on offer sold, garnering roughly $10,000 in sales.

“It’s so impactful,” says Mo Douglas, executive director of Arts Whistler. “That much art, the way it’s displayed, the diversity of images on the walls is this great example of just how talented and enthusiastic our community is. That’s something everyone in Whistler really loves.”

Douglas says the funds raised this year will go towards Arts Whistler’s community programming. “What we want to do is ensure we have a diverse array of accessible and affordable programs,” she notes. “We’re going to move to a … weekly community arts night, where you can do a drop-in class, check out a band rehearsal—check out something in arts you’ve never done.”

For those who missed opening night, there’s good news: this year, the exhibit will stay open until May 1, with all remaining artwork on sale for $50.

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