The Big Show — opens today

2 Feb


~A convergence of artists from around the state | Collective Visions~

For weeks, Collective Visions Gallery has been shuttered from the public. The gallery closed its doors Jan. 18 in preparation for its third annual statewide invitational CVG Show — which opened today (Feb. 2).

In the final days leading up to the show, they plaster the windows with a thick mask of brown paper to obstruct any view from outside into the gallery. Inside CVG members and volunteers bustled to clear the near entire gallery, making way for the 120-some pieces of art, from artists around the state, which compete for more than $6,000 in overall CVG Show prize money.

This is The Big Show.

CVG member and show organizer Alan Newberg said the response from artists for this, the third annual “has been tremendous.”

Nearly 800 pieces of work were submitted in 2D, 3D and Photography categories. This year’s juror Jake Senuik, director of the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, whittled that list to 128, from which first, second and third in each division will be awarded in addition to the $1,500 “Mayor’s Award” for Best in Show and the $300 People’s Choice. Voting for people’s choice will be from 10 a.m. Feb. 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 6. Winners will be posted at 10 a.m. Feb. 7.

And throughout the month, the gallery hosts a series of events designed to explore and understand the array of art and ideas represented in the exhibition. (See below, following a few words with juror Jake Senuik and check back with The Smokestack for winners and a review of the show).

Thoughts on the Show w/ Juror Jake Senuik


This year’s CVG Show juror Jake Senuik has served as director and curator for the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center since 1989, during which time, he’s brought more than 100 exhibits from contemporary Northwest masters to the Olympic Peninsula in addition to curating thematic exhibits and Art Outside, an exhibit of more than 100 sculptures and site works spanning a 5-acre estate in Port Angeles.

In jurying the 2010 CVG Show, Jake Senuik sifted through more than 800 images of artwork, coming from all corners of the state. But that’s not all that unusual for him.

It’s kind of what he does.

“I’m an artist,” Senuik said. “And the energy I use in curating is the same energy I use in creating my own art, it’s just using other people’s work.”

Senuik himself is an artist, a photographer. He had a piece in one of the first CVG Shows. Serving as director and curator for the Port Angeles Fine Art Center over the past 20 years, he has likely sifted thousands upon thousands of works, orchestrating thematic shows as well as exhibitions for a cache of distinguished Northwest artists at the PAFAC. One thing he said he’s constantly looking for in the role of curator is connections among works.

“It’s almost like there’s a zeitgeist out there,” he said. “And it’s the curator’s job to identify it and make connections that even the artists themselves are not aware of in their own isolation.”

Which makes the opportunity to curate the statewide CVG Show a unique addition to Senuik’s lengthy and esteemed resume. He gets to tap into the conversation, and connections, taking place among artists throughout the state of Washington.

“That’s the approach I take to it,” Senuik said. “I try to find a visual road, or a path and make visual connections along the way.”

He’ll be giving a speech on the path which he found among this year’s 800-some entries and 128 finalists at the CVG Show awards banquet Feb. 6 ­— which is, unfortunately due to space restrictions, not open to the public. He’ll also be, somewhat reluctantly, selecting the award-winning works in each division.

“One thing I stress is that art is not a competition, it’s communication,” Senuik said. “I see artists as being parallel rather than pyramidal, in a sense.” [BiLL MiCKELSON]

Find more on Senuik and the PAFAC @

FEB 2 . . . 10 am — 2010 Show Opens
( People’s Choice Voting 10 am-5 pm, Feb. 2-6 )
FEB 5 . . . 5-9 pm — Art Walk Opening Event
FEB 6 . . . 6-8 pm — Awards Banquet
(Closed to the Public)
FEB 7 . . . 10 am — Winners Posted
FEB 12 . . . 7 pm — Art Lecture
( Olympic College Art Prof. Marie Weichman, MFA )
FEB 19 . . . 7 pm — Gallery Concert
( Jami Sieber, Electric Cello, Tickets $15-$18 )
FEB 26 . . . 7 pm — Panel Discussion
( ‘Appreciating Contemporary Art’ w/ Bainbridge Arts and Crafts Director Susan Jackson, Elandan Interiors Interior Designer Shanna Neims and CVG Artist/moderator Alan Newberg)
FEB 27 . . . 4 pm — 2010 Show Closes

Collective Visions Gallery is located at 331 Pacific Ave. in Bremerton. Fine more info @


2 Responses to “The Big Show — opens today”


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