Artist: Artist: Mark Essner
Year Completed: 2012
Size: 21" x 26.5"
Medium: Photograph on Plexiglass
UNIQUE APPROACH TO PROMOTING, SUPPORTING LOCAL ARTISTS
BOX 12 Art Show & Sale Nov. 17 and 18 in Cambridge
By Carrie Debrone
October 18, 2012
When you buy a piece of art from the BOX Art Show and Sale you will not only have helped that artist develop their own business, you will have helped provide all the artists featured in the show with a year of mentoring and helped a local charity.
This year’s BOX 12 will be held at the former Right House Department Store, 60 Main Street, Cambridge November 17 and 18. It is free and open to guests of all ages.
The BOX show takes a unique approach to the business of helping and promoting local artists and is a springboard, resource and support system for both emerging and established artists.
This year’s 24 BOX artists from Elmira, Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge were selected from 70 eligible applicants by professional visual arts jurors using a unique two-stage process.
The selected artists pay nothing to participate in the November BOX event and are supported for a full year with mentoring, additional opportunities and assistance.
Last year’s BOX Art 11 Sale showcased about 200 works of art from 23 regional artists. In less than 8 hours, the artists sold 58 artworks valued at almost $25,000 raising over $5,000 for charity.
The event drew over 1,300 people and was awarded “Best New Event” at the Arts Awards Waterloo Region 2012.
This year, The Langs Farm Village Association in Cambridge has been named the fourth annual BOX 12 Art Show & Sale’s charity partner.
Langs Farm Village Association was established in 1978 as a community development project by a group of citizens and service providers concerned about vandalism and the lack of accessible services in Cambridge. The organization’s staff and over 230 volunteers provide hundreds of essential programs and services to over 20,000 people annually.
The BOX Art Show & Sale venue changes yearly. (Last year’s was held at the Rumple Felt Company building in Kitchener). The venue and its
history is researched and presented at the much-loved BOX History Talk.
The use of historic buildings and preparations by the BOX artists also create an inviting atmosphere for the show’s popular Art Talks, which take place just prior to the show opening each day.
This year’s BOX 12 History Talk, “The History of Main Street Galt” will be presented by Bob Green; author of Eavesdroppings and It Takes All Kinds; and Jim Quantrell, former City of Cambridge Archivist. Perimeter Development Corporation, owners of 60 Main Street, will host this panel discussion; a combination of Jim’s historical facts and pictures with Bob’s fascinating, humorous stories. The talk will take place Sat. Nov. 17 from 11:30am to 12:45pm. Doors open at 11am. It is free and open to the public.
This year’s BOX 12 Art Talks will be presented by BOX 12 Jurors Mary Misner, Suzanne Luke and Soheila Esfahani on Sunday Nov. 18 from 10:30 to 11:30 am on “Making Art and the Business of Art” and from 12:00 to 12:45 pm on arts education through “A Comparative look at BOX 12 Artwork.” Doors open at 10am. Both talks are free and open to the public.
For more information and to pre-order a $5 Gourmet BOX lunch to be delivered to the venue for your enjoyment during the BOX 12 Talks visit www.boxartshow.ca
Artist Mark Essner
Mark Essner lives in Waterloo and has been an avid photographer his entire life. Mark enjoys capturing real moments as he sees them unfold before him, real places as they appear to him and real people being themselves.
“ From My Eye to Yours “ is how he sees the process, and to be true to that, does no post-production on the images which are all represented as recorded on the camera utilizing its inherent settings.