As so many events have been cancelled lately art lovers and those isolating inside will have something to look forward to this weekend as Art At Night goes online for the first time ever to help continue to bring local art and performance to the community.
A Facebook group has been created for the event with posts of art and more being spread out through the evening to give people time to look at and enjoy without feeling rushed.
“We have created a group on Facebook outside of our general page, where all of the artwork and performances will be posted. The artists will submit their artwork on there, and we will push their posts through on somewhat of a schedule. We want to make sure that there are posts going out to the public spread out throughout the evening,” said Ian Grant, board member and organizer for the event.
“We’ve had over 70 submissions, so we are confident it will be able to fill the evening.”
The event will begin about 7 p.m. Saturday, May 2.
Grant shared that artists can submit before that time on the website www.artatnight.ca by filling out a submission form there. Those interested in viewing the submissions can find the group by searching “New Glasgow’s Art at Night Online Art Show 2020.”
“Well our initial decision was to cancel. There wasn’t a lot of talk about moving to online. But as the days went by and we received feedback from artists and the community, and we saw more things moving to more of a virtual setting, we thought that it would be a good opportunity to continue with our event and to provide that platform to local artists that we do year after year,” said Grant.
To make the event have a similar feel to the original, it will only be live for 72 hours.
“We wanted to concentrate everything around our usual 7-11 time. We did want to leave it open for a few days so artists could reach out to any potential buyers they have for their work,” he said. “We will also be holding a contest during the event for $20 towards the New Glasgow’s Farmer Market. Post a picture of yourself wearing an Art at Night hat or T-shirt with our hashtag, #ngaan20, and you will be entered. We will be doing deliveries of shirts and hats if anyone is interested Saturday morning. They can contact us on Facebook or by email, email@example.com, if they are interested in buying!”
Gladys May Carganilla takes a photo of some of the art available at Art At Night on Saturday night.