The 6th annual ParkerArtSalon is going Canada-wide for 2021 featuring an online auction and a curated month of art, throughout May.
“Essential Travel” – a ParkerArtSalon exhibition speaks of what motivated, what inspired, and what eventually developed out of Parker Street Studios during COVID -19. While restrictions have been placed on almost all aspects of our human experience, perhaps the last vestige allowed to roam freely is one’s own imagination.
“Essential Travel” is an artful voyage taking enthusiasts on a journey that includes an online auction, which will be available for public viewing at the Pendulum Gallery, 885 West Georgia Street, from May 3-28, with the Waddington’s Online Auction bidding taking place May 6-16. Additionally, visitors can also visit a curated selection of the works of more than 60 Parker Street Studios artists at the GALLERY GEORGE—conveniently located next to the Parker Street Studios at 990 George Street, with two consecutive exhibitions running May 6-16 and May 20-30.
As noted in the above curatorial statement, these events mark ParkerArtSalon’s response to COVID-19 restrictions, that have now been in place for over a year. Residents met this latest challenge with the same flair, invention, and community-building impulse that drove the Salon’s creation back in 2015. If physical life remains constrained, inspiration certainly doesn’t, and ParkerArtSalon 2021 expands its reach to a national audience while maintaining its annual presence in the lives of Vancouver’s supportive art-lovers.
With the debut of the virtual component through Waddington’s highly regarded online auction service, ParkerArtSalon increases exposure and support for its artists while levelling up on potential funds for Beedie Luminaries, with 50 percent of the auction proceeds going to the Foundation’s program of scholarships for financially constrained students.
While auction items are viewable at Pendulum, matters become a little more intimate at GALLERY GEORGE, where the Salon showcases the best of the Parker artists’ work in a setting visible both from the street and from inside the spacious gallery itself, preserving the market feel visitors have come to love and expect from ParkerArtSalon over the last six years. Naturally, in keeping with COVID-19 protocols, there will be regulations in place to keep everyone’s viewing safe.
For details on individual studio tours, the auction link and more, visit ParkerArtSalon.com.