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Windsor Essex ARA 40th Annual Art Exhibit & Sale, Opening Reception

October 19, 2018 @ 10:00 am - November 10, 2018 @ 9:00 pm

Windsor Essex ARA 40th Annual Art Exhibit & Sale

The Windsor Essex Association of Representational Artists 40th Annual Art Exhibit & Sale with an opening reception takes place at Windsor Crossings Premium Outlet Mall from October 19 to November 11, 2018.

You are invited to see the show and help support local artists. There will be 40 artists displaying over 175 local and original artworks.
The Public is welcome to view and purchase original compositions in water-colour, acrylic, oil, pastel and sculpture and other mediums. Side by side, the ARA has established artists, evolving artists and undiscovered talents that sell their work directly to the public, thus making lasting connections with art patrons, dealers and collectors. The 40th annual edition is a testament to the preservation and dedication that match the skills of our local artists. The tradition continues. Original art works by the regions historic local association of representational artists.

Opening Reception is Friday October 19th starting at 7pm – 9pm.

Come meet and greet the artists and ask them about their compositions.

This year’s juried open competition show’s theme is “Positively Windsor Essex” which follows the suggestion of allowing the participating artists to express their vision of the great memories they have about the Windsor – Essex region and what it means to them in a representational rendering with heritage art.

This year we have, yet again, an excellent jury consisting of accomplished artists, regional historians, art educators and an administrative curator. Our 4 prominent judges will jury our show “Positively Windsor Essex” and select 1st, 2nd & 3rd place noted winners with cash prize awards. The artwork entered in the competition will be judged based on adherence to theme, skill in execution of medium, design and composition, artists description statement and overall merit.

The awards presentation will be announced during the opening reception Friday October, 19th, 7 pm till 9 pm

We are pleased to announce the members of the jury: Bobbi Wagner: retired professor Sheridan College, Chad Ripley:Director Leamington Arts Center, Ober- Rae Starr Livingstone: accomplished artist & Elaine Weeks: managing editor, author,historian, Walkerville Publishing.

This years juried open art competition focuses on celebrating Windsor – Essex County’s unique position and history in North America as a jewel of Canada.

The theme “Positively Windsor Essex” continues the suggestion of celebrating Canada’s long history of Art – bringing the Windsor Essex County region as the main focus, allowing the participating artists to express their vision of what Windsor and Essex means to them.

Windsor and Essex county has a unique history and the local artists have a large palette to create representational masterpieces from. In recent times, that we can recall, we’ve witnessed the rise of the auto industry, the dubious times of the rum-runners, individuals like Jack Miner, General Brock, Chief Tecumseh, Hiram Walker & Henry Ford (to name a few) who changed changed this region. The warm southern climate of Canada’s 16th largest city. A small town atmosphere with a well educated and skilled workforce. A place where strong unions formulated decent wages and lifestyles. The freedom of the underground railway, the historic Sandwich town, Ford City & Walkerville.
Winning sports clubs like our Spitfires hockey and their memorial cup wins. An international flavor with our southern neighbour the USA & Detroit. A wonderful diversity of ethnic peoples and cultures from around the world. Bountiful fresh water lakes and 350 miles of coastline full of recreational water sports, beaches, Parks, trails and cottages. Just like home.

Windsor & Essex County’s rich history even pre-dates the formation of Canada. First Nations Tribes discovered the bountiful area at the 42nd parallel. French settlers discovered the value of Essex County’s strategic position. Ultimately the British won and later defended this beautiful area of Essex County from the Americans – the crown jewel of the Great Lakes system. Windsor & Essex County continues to be a diverse and growing population of Canadian’s from ancestry of global origins. It is home to many breeding unique species,migrating birds and Monarch butterflies, tempered climate, extended growing season, world class wineries, craft beer, green houses, cannabis, flowers, farms and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Windsor & Essex County’s rich history includes whiskey and wine production dating back with a historical notoriety in the prohibition rum runners. A region of innovation, with world class manufacturing center and automobile production.

Join the Artists of the ARA in celebrating our region, Canad’a best kept secret thru the arts. Just like home.

These features of our region are but a few to mention, they stimulate, astound and transform us – allowing our local artists to capture in many mediums the rich vision that Windsor – Essex has to offer. We’ve had and have some notable visual artists in our region like Kenneth Saltmarche, David Finch, Frances Gage, Vincent Price, Jeff Limere
and Ian Baxter to name a few. The tradition continues with the members of the Association of Representational Artists (ARA). They all add an enriching feel of colour, culture and heritage to our world. They drive ideas, cultural shifts and present moods in the soul of our region.
We create and formulate the capturing of history, innovation, style, colour and imagination of what art is defined by. Just like home.

The ARA members are every day citizens that have their own wealth of experiences and skills depicted in their representation of what art means through their eyes. We are beyond proud to contribute a small piece of the continuing art history of the Windsor Essex region.
We welcome everyone to visit our annual show and sale and juried competition.

Investments in the arts, culture and heritage create a community that is an attractive place to visit and call home.

Gallery hours of operation:

Thurs. 10am-7pm, Fri. 10am 7pm, Sat. 10am-6pm & Sun. 12 noon–5pm
Closed: Mondays, Tuesday & Wednesday.

The exhibition is located at Windsor Crossing Premium Outlet Mall, Unit 110
(far end of the lot)

The ARA is a nonprofit group of painters that have focused on composing representational art works since 1978. In September of 2016 representational sculpture was added to the scope of their focus.

Side by side, the ARA has established artists; evolving artists and undiscovered talents that sell their work directly to the public and make lasting connections with art patrons, dealers and collectors.



October 19, 2018 @ 10:00 am
November 10, 2018 @ 9:00 pm
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Windsor Crossing
1555 Talbot Rd
Lasalle, Ontario N2H 2V2 Canada
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