(WINDSOR, ON) – The Arts Council Windsor and Region will officially launch the annual Member’s Art Exhibit with a formal reception tonight at 7pm. The event will take place at the ArtSpeak Gallery, at 1942 Wyandotte Street East, in Walkerville.
Admission is free with light refreshments served and musician Tara Watts will be performing.
A mix of mediums will be on sale, including photography, paintings, sculptures, jewelry, fine craft, literature, and recorded music. Artists who will be showcasing their work include local municipal political activist David Hanna.
A portion of all proceeds will be retained by the Arts Council to support on-going programs and the services it offers local artists.
The ACWR was formed in 1977 by a group of artists and community partners with a goal to coordinate and promote the arts in Windsor and Essex County. Out of the initial work grew a permanent coordinating body which was housed in the town of Essex.
Over the years the office has been subject to a number of moves which have included stays at the west end Mackenzie Hall and the Capitol building downtown. ACWR is now settled at its current gallery where it has been lodged since 1996.
Some of its activities over the years have included leading the fight to save the Capitol Theatre, creating the Windsor Endowment for the Arts, and publishing, with assistance from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the ACWR Arts Guide.
At the heart of operations is an unchanging objective of building a deeper appreciation of the arts in all its forms, including visual arts, performing arts, music, theatre, film, and literature.