15th Annual Art on the Line Fundraiser and Gala

March 21st, 2017

Photo by Sarah James / The Phoenix News

Photo by Sarah James / The Phoenix News

On February 25, VACU, the Visual Arts Course Union hosted the 15th annual Art on the Line event. This event is meant to raise money for the fourth-year graduating fine arts students’ year-end show. As someone who has gone through the BFA visual arts program at UBCO, I’ve got the inside scoop on all things AOTL.

Every year the graduating students and VACU come together to put on an amazing night of art and entertainment. This year, Creative Writing professor Michael V. Smith hosted the event–he has hosted this event many times in previous years and it shows. He read the audience and cracked jokes that ranged anywhere from PG to R rated. His outspoken personality drove the night,and as in previous years he never disappoints.

The entire graduating class volunteers and submits work to the event, because its main purpose is to raise money for their final show hosted in May in the CCS building. The event is the perfect place to gain exposure and see your work on display in a profession setting.

My personal favourite piece was Rho Shaw’s pinhole photograph, a gripping display of contrast between light and dark. It was beautifully ambiguous in its disorientation of the mind, and perspective.

The event was a hit; everyone that attended seemed to be enjoying themselves. The hour and a half preceding the raffle was spent drinking wine from the Hatch winery in West Kelowna and beer from Kettle River. Guests were able to purchase raffle tickets for house cleaning vouchers, dog treats and wine. According to VACU the event raised over $20,000, with a portion of that money going to Bumbershoot Children’s Theatre and the Alternator here in Kelowna.

Over 140 works of art were donated by students, faculty, alumni and practicing artists in the community. Their donations are what make this event such a success each year–without them there would be no Art on the Line.

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