Acadmy Award winner will be the guest speaker at next art show opening

Jim Erickson, who won an Oscar for best production design, will speak at the Ladysmith Waterfront Art Gallery Aug. 3 at 7 p.m.

Jim Erickson, Academy Award-winning set decorator for the movie Lincoln, is the guest speaker at the opening night for the Fine Craft Show at the Ladysmith Art Gallery. Don’t miss this unique presentation on Saturday, Aug. 3 at 7 p.m.

Erickson lives on Salt Spring Island and has a 30-year career working in Hollywood.  The movie Lincoln marks his final hurrah in the film business, and he is retiring to enjoy his local surroundings.

“He has had a broad spectrum of set decorating film experience, and we feel very honoured to have him coming to the Ladysmith Art Gallery,” exclaims Arts Council president Kathy Holmes with a big smile.

In February 2013, Erickson won best production design for his intimate representation of the 1860s time period of Lincoln.

He used U.S. Civil War-era photographs as a guide and re-created an authentic 19th-century White House interior. His sets brought interiors to life, with meticulously duplicated period maps and documents, upholstery, fabrics and light fixtures, paintings and other objects.

The globetrotting set director had worked twice with Daniel Day-Lewis in the past —- on The Last of the Mohicans, and There Will Be Blood, for which he was also nominated for an Academy Award.

The Fine Craft Show showcases fine craft artists working with mediums such as ceramics, glass, fiber, metal and wood.

This special show was chosen by the Ladysmith Arts Council in honour of the Crafts Council of BC’s 40th anniversary in 2012. The show was invitational and open to all categories of Fine Craft.

Please join us in welcoming Mr. Erickson on opening night and in viewing the Fine Craft Show.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

The show will be available for viewing throughout August.