International Artist Day Festival
An Anonymous Show for the Ages
International Artist Day (iAD) was launched in 2004 to honour the contribution artists make to society.
Artists and their supporters in cities around the globe celebrate iAD. With the help of municipal and corporate sponsors they promote festivals and events designed to increase the visibility of art and artists in a wide variety of genres from painting, to writing, music, the digital arts, and everything in between.
Anonymous Show Opening Gala 2019
100 Braid St Studios
Friday, October 25
Take part in the most exciting art treasure hunt of the year and support the New Westminster Arts Council. Over 150 well-known and emerging artists create 12″ x 12″ art on canvas or wood panels, they are signed only on the back of the piece. The anonymous nature of the show ensures that all the art is treated equally, however the excitement of the unknown adds a special anticipation and exhilaration to the event. You’ll have to wait to find out who the artist is until you purchase but once you purchase you will be able to have your piece wrapped and take it home that night.
Perhaps we could have called it the “not so anonymous” show though, because we’re going to let you know some of the artists who are participating on our Instagram and Facebook pages (and if you’re a fan of their work they’ll might even let you know themselves) but it will be up to you to identify their work.
The doors will swing open for the Opening Gala at 7:00 pm which gives you half an hour to grab a beer or a glass of wine from the cash bar and wander around & pick out the pieces you are interested in. At 7:30pm you can tell the waiting attendants which pieces you would like. It’s first come, first serve so be sure to come early, have a glass of wine and don’t miss out!
Each piece is priced at $150 with $100 going directly to the artists themselves; the remainder goes to the New Westminster Arts Council as their largest fundraiser of the year, and to cover basic costs of the show.
With Early Bird tickets available until Sept 15th for just $35, make sure to buy your ticket in advance! September 16th starts the general admission cost of $45.
All art work is unframed 12″ x 12″ on canvas or wood panel. You’ll find oil & acrylic paintings, textile art, photography and mixed media pieces.
Due to capacity restrictions only ticket holders will be admitted for the Gala.
There are a few ways to enjoy the Annual International Artists Day Anonymous Art Show:
October 25: Opening Gala (Paid Event) Buy tickets here
October 26: Artist Reception (By Invitation Only: Private Event for Artists & Buyers only)
October 26: Public Viewing & Buying Hours Noon-5pm
October 27: Public Viewing & Buying Hours Noon-5pm