Connor Charlesworth, “Wakeful Dream Sequence 1.” Ink on paper, 2016

Longing for the days of yore when social and cultural soirées occupied your Saturday evenings? This year’s Art on the Line exhibition and fundraising gala aims to fill in that void with its latest rendition of this wildly popular event.

On Saturday the 27th of February starting at 5:30pm PST, ticket-holders will enjoy fantastic art, entertainment, and the option for contactless delivery of local wine, craft beer, and creatively assembled food tastings and meals. All this is part of this year’s virtual edition of the annual fundraiser.

Art on the Line is an essential annual event for UBCO’s art students as it provides the bulk of funding for the Visual Arts Course Union and student art grants, it supports guest speakers, and provides funding for educational travel and supplementary professional education. This year, 20% of proceeds will be dedicated to funding 3 new student artist grants for Indigenous, Black and Persons of Colour covering tuition and artistic materials for three visual arts courses.

Artwork included in the event is donated by BFA students, MFA students, and professional artists and are judged by a jury before being included. Among those who have already donated works include Rod Charlesworth, Myron Campbell, Andreas Rutkauskas, Alison Trim, Connor Charlesworth, Coralee Miller, Briar Craig, Samuel Roy Bois, and Aleksandra Dulic.

Jade Zitko, "Delighted." Acrylic on Canvas, 2020

Depending on the type of ticket purchased, attendees will have the opportunity to either acquire a chosen piece of art, win a piece of art through a trivia game, or simply attend the arts and entertainment-filled evening. Professor Briar Craig, who began serving as a visual arts student advisor way back in 1991, will host the evening, while the always-amusing Michael V. Smith will act as the night’s MC.

This year, attendees are encouraged to dress up according to the theme of the evening—the roaring 20s—or at least to wear some fancy pajamas! In addition, there is the option to pre-purchase an optional gourmet meal (supporting local gastronomy) to finish preparing and plating at home. At the same time, guests can put the evening’s festivities on their TV screen as background ambiance and receive a call or text 15 minutes before their number is expected to come up.

Help keep the creative arts dynamic and vibrant in the Okanagan by supporting Art on the Line. Tremendous gratitude goes to alumniUBC for their generous support of the event.

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