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Entries coming in for ‘Wild ’n Wooly’ art show


A whole other beast than the highly-successful “Shades of Yellow” exhibition, an art show set for this spring at the Fine Line Art Gallery here is bound to be as “Wild ’n Wooly” as its theme.

“There’s been a very, very good reception so far,” said Jean Richards, a member of the co-op of local artists organizing the show, which opens April 12 and runs through May 3.

“We had about 40 people involved in ‘Shades of Yellow.’ There might even

be more out for this one,” she noted. “The theme is easier to pick up on than having to paint all in yellow.”

Linda Lovisa, another co-op member, said 50-60 entry forms have been picked up or mailed to out-of-town artists who’ve exhibited work at the gallery before.

“We have 15 people for sure, but we won’t have a clear number until the deadline,” she remarked.

As far as the limits of what artists can enter in the show, they’re as open as the wild frontier—with whispers around the local arts community of everything from wooly mammoths to patterned wool sweaters being possible works to be displayed.

“It’s going to be quite the show. ‘Wild n’ Wooly’ can mean a lot of things,” remarked Lovisa. “It will be a surprise.”

There also is no size restriction on submitted works.

Like “Shades of Yellow,” “Wild n’ Wooly” will feature a grand finale on the evening of May 3, including a performance by the Northern Lights Ensemble (Stephanie Hawkins and Katherine Williams).

Artists wanting to enter their work in the show should pick up a form at the Fine Line Art Gallery (529 Mowat Ave.) or call 274-1269 before the March 29 deadline.

Entry fee is $10 (one entry per artist only).

Museum curator and artist Pam Hawley, who also is chair of the town’s centennial committee, noted organizers of both events have found a way to tie them together.

“With the beard-growing contest, we have a category called ‘Wild n’ Wooly.’ And Donna Cannon will paint a portrait of the winner,” she remarked.

Judging for the beard-growing contest will take place during the April 11 town council meeting—the anniversary of the date the Town of Fort Frances officially was incorporated 100 years ago.

Besides the “Wild n’ Wooly” category, prizes will be awarded in various others, including “Mr. Centennial” (for the beard most representative of 100 years ago), “Mr. Perfect” (for the neatest, best-groomed beard), and “Mr. A for Effort” (for the poorest attempt at growing a beard).

About 20 men officially have entered the beard-growing contest, noted Hawley.

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