This evening is for invited guests – artists, donors and volunteers. It is easy to become a sponsor, patron or volunteer (not so easy to be an exhibiting artist!) Please see the volunteer, patron or sponsor tab on this website for further information on how you can get an invitation for Opening Night.
On Thursday evening, October 12 the festivities begin. The first event is the Patron and Sponsor Reception: at 5:30 pm the doors open to the Bodine Gallery at Mary Winspear Centre for a champagne reception for our donors. Reception attendees are the first to view the Bodine Hall after its transformation into a beautiful gallery, and have the first opportunity to purchase the art included in the 2016 show. The Reception continues until 7:00 at which time the patrons and sponsors who wish, are invited into reserved seating in the Charlie White Theatre for the Awards Ceremony.
The Awards Ceremony is from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. All artists with work in the Show, along with one guest, are invited into the Charlie White Theatre to join the patrons and sponsors for announcement of the prize winners. This year, our MC is Jo-Ann Roberts, who, prior to the award presentation, will interview guest speaker Illarion Gallant, the designer of the new installation “Lost Airmen of the Empire” on Hospital Hill located beside Mills Road on Victoria International Airport land.
Following the formal ceremonies, the doors to the Bodine Gallery are opened to the artists and all the volunteers who have been involved with the show with a wine and cheese reception for all to enjoy.