So as not to spoil the fun of discovering this great little gallery space and the works within, I will leave a small interview I had with the gallery owner Florence Weber.
Let me know if you have stopped in to see the gallery yet and if so what you thought of the works, what did you like, dislike, what would you like to see more of?
Interview with Florence Weber
- What prompted you to open up the extra room and start having shows?
- We were excited to open up the extra room for the simple reason of having more space to showcase the surprising amount of artistic talent that is in our Municipality.
- How did this first show come to fruition?
- Very quickly! Lucas Seaward showed us his artistic portfolio and we were so excited about his art (17 original graphite drawings) that we decided an art show displaying all of his pieces would be the best way to introduce him to our city. From the initial catalyst we worked quickly to organize the show, drawing on the experience of local artist Carol Breen.
- Does the gallery have a name? Or is it the same as the store, or do all three spaces have different names?
- The new expanded room is named ‘Carol’ honouring Carol Breen. The large gallery area is “The Great Gallery!”, actually, it doesn’t have a designated name.
- Are you planning to have a regular calendar for shows in the space?
- Our goal is to host four shows per year
- Will there be a curator for each show, or do the artists hang their work according to their own preferences?
- I am the curator for the shows.
- How will you choose which art to showcase in the space?
- Our shows are exclusive to the local artists of Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
- How would you gage community support for the gallery?
- This current show has shown outstanding support from the community for our gallery. A common response to our art show has been that it is so valuable to have a gallery that is dedicated to showcasing the local talent of McMurray. The community is excited to have ongoing events that honour the arts in McMurray.