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Sofa Art Show 2018

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Sofa Art Show 2018

The Creative Center will be hosting the 23rd Annual Sofa Art Show in its Jon Ginsburg Gallery! We proudly carry on Visalia’s beloved tradition – a tongue-in-cheek exhibition showcasing art inspired by sofas. The theme this year is “Sofas of Extreme Size,” featuring both the small and the great!!! Artists of all ages and abilities are welcome to submit their art in accordance with the theme and rules. Submit you art on Friday, February 23 from 8am-6pm to the Jon Ginsburg Gallery. Show opening is Friday, March 2 from 5pm-8pm. Click here for deadlines, rules, and guidelines. You can also visit The Jon Ginsburg Gallery Facebook page for more information.

What Is Sofa Art?

The Sofa Art Show was started 23 years ago by the legendary Visalian artist Varian Mace and her fellow watercolorist Lucy Merritt. “Varian had read a commentary in the Times-Delta in which the author bemoaned the local art scene, stating that art appreciation in the area consisted of people buying art to match their sofa. ‘I, of course, took exception to the comments, as did members of the art community. I took the article to COS the next day to share with my art students,’ said Mace. ‘This prompted a lively discussion and I decided to give them the assignment to paint a picture or create a piece of art with the one provision, it have a sofa in it.’” (Watermark Magazine, p.24). The results were fantastic. The work was exhibited and received with much enthusiasm. The exhibition became an annual tradition. “‘The event was funny, but with interesting results, it opened up discussions and helped dispel the idea that art is some high-toned, snooty thing accessible to only certain people, ‘ said Mace. ‘…It was such a fun way to make the point that art is for everyone and it encouraged so many new artists…’” To learn more about Varian Mace or the history of the Sofa Art Show, check out the lovely article by Christina Thorin, “Varian Mace”, on pages 23-24 in Visalia Art Consortium’s Watermark Magazine. (Free online.)

For additional information, contact Stevi Daniels at stevid@thecreativecenter-visalia.org or 559-733-9329.

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