Community art showcase – September’s art show celebrates Art Deco

Art Deco is the theme for the September 2014 Art Show at the Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery.

Sherry Bezanson

Ladysmith Arts Council

Art Deco is the theme for the September 2014 Art Show at the Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery.

Art Deco was the predominant decorative art style of the 1920s and 1930s, characterized by precise and boldly delineated geometric shapes and strong colours, and it was used most notably in household objects and in architecture.

It is an eclectic style that is often characterized by rich colours, bold geometric shapes, and lavish ornamentation.

Deco shapes were often sunbursts and zigzags and broad curves.

One of its major attributes is an embrace of technology. During its heyday, Art Deco represented luxury, glamour, exuberance and faith in social and technological progress.

Art Deco was a globally popular style and affected many areas of design. It was used widely in consumer products such as automobiles, furniture, cookware, china, textiles, jewelry, clocks, and electronic items such as radios, telephones, and jukeboxes.

Local artists are encouraged to have any Art Deco work into the gallery by Aug. 26 and 27.

The hanging for the show will begin at noon on Thursday, Sept. 4; volunteers are always welcome.

If you feel inspired, translate these shapes and images into a wearable piece of art to wear to opening night on Saturday, Sept. 6. You never know, expressing your inner “Art Deco” could bring a new level of meaning to your life.

This month’s sponsor of the gallery show is Art of Brewing. The doors open at 7 p.m. on Sept. 6, and the guest speaker is photographer Eiko Jones. Jones’s work has been shown in National Geographic, and on opening night, he will be speaking about his art and career.

Join the Ladysmith Arts Council and artists for opening night and enjoy good company, delicious appetizers and local infused waters and tea.