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New art gallery hoping to expose local artists to the masses

A new art gallery in downtown Grande Prairie is hoping to help expose local artists to a much wider audience.

The ‘Expose Me’ Gallery, which opened in the middle of July, is hoping a place to not only hang but potentially sell their art, will help bring out some of the hidden gems of the Peace Region.

“They often make pieces, give them to friends, leave them in the shed to collect dust. We are trying to put a great big spotlight on the local talent, the hidden talent,” said co-owner Joe Mayne.

With a couple of hundred people coming through the doors throughout the opening weekend, which coincided with the annual street performers festival, it already has a decently-sized clientele base.

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“We’ve got around 14 consignee’s right now, but we are getting more every day. We are especially looking out for crafters, [like] paper crafts, pottery crafts, jewellers, pretty much you name it, long as it’s hand made and local we will consign it.

Mayne admits, however, that while they will typically allow for a pretty lengthy consignment contract, in the end, it is up to the artists to make the final judgement call on how long it remains in the gallery.

“We typically do six months, however, after three months if there has been no activity we will review the consignment and people can choose to adjust prices, or take it and hopefully get it displayed somewhere more prevalent to them.”

You can find more information about the gallery here.

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