One evening, over wine, a group of artists whose studios are in 1000 Parker Street decided to launch what would become a landmark event for the historic warehouse space. And so, in 2015, the Parker Art Salon was born.
Hosted in the century-old former mattress factory, the Parker Art Salon is based on the art salons held in Paris during the age of the impressionists and earlier. Niina Chebry, the founding member of the Salon, had the inspiration to take the Salon local while on a trip to Paris. Just as with the salons of the 19th century, Niina realized that a salon could help raise awareness within the community of the arts and the artists in Parker Street.
The Parker Art Salon has become an annual event. It helps visual artists -- painters and sculptures with studios in the building -- showcase their very best work to art collectors, art lovers and the general public.
The Salon’s first year, while small with just 30+ artists, saw a large turnout and was by a success by every measure. 2016 saw double the number of artists participate and was also enormously successful.
This year, the Salon will include more than 50+ artists presenting their best work on two floors of the warehouse, made famous by its presence in the East Side Culture Crawl. Friday night the artists will host a party – the Salon Grand Opening Reception. Under the chandeliers, art lovers can mingle, schmooze, and enjoy some wonderful music and finger food and first dibs on all the exhibited works.
Part of the mandate of the Salon is to help a charity whose work aligns with artists and the arts, through money donated from sales. Our charity in 2017 is the Anxiety Disorders Association of BC (Anxiety BC).
Tickets for the Salon will be available from March 1st, through the Anxiety BC website: www.anxietybc.com. Proceeds from the tickets sales will go to Anxiety BC, in addition to proceeds from sales of “Small Works.”