Mayor Kautz to present awards to artists at BVAS Art Fête opening
February 22, 2010 – Burnsville, MN –
The Burnsville Visual Arts Society (BVAS) will hold its 28th annual member art show Art Fête at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center (BPAC). The mission of Art Fête is to make the visual arts more accessible to our community, and to support local artists by providing them with the opportunity to exhibit and sell their artwork. This year’s eclectic exhibit will feature the artwork of over 80 BVAS artist members and will include artwork of all mediums, including; acrylic, watercolor, pastel/drawing, sculpture, oil, and photography.
The free opening reception and awards ceremony for Art Fête will be held at the Burnsville Performing Art Center’s beautiful 2,000 square-foot art gallery on Thursday, March 11, from 6 – 9 PM. Special Events Midwest Catering and BVAS will provide complimentary appetizers and wine, Carolyn Axt, Eric Thurstin and Ann Merrick of the “Tre Corda Trio” will delight guests with live music, and Art Fête artists will be on hand to discuss their work.
Mayor Elizabeth Kautz will present awards to the artists at 7 PM for Best of Show, Award of Excellence, and Award of Merit. Awards for this exhibit are chosen by guest judges, and are sponsored by area businesses and BVAS in support of the visual arts in the community. Judges this year are; Robert Bowman – Artist and Exhibits Director at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Nick DeVries – Artist and Ceramics Instructor at Northern Clay Center and Edina Art Center, and Catherine Hearding – Artist and President of the Minnesota Watercolor Society.
The Burnsville Visual Arts Society would like to thank the following supporters of Art Fête 2010: Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Special Events Midwest Catering, Cornerstone Copy Center of Burnsville, The Great Frame Up, Byerly’s, Deck the Walls, Valley Natural Foods, Dakota Electric, Metro Alarm, Brianno’s Deli, Jensen’s Supper Club, and JoJo’s Rise and Wine.
This activity is made possible, in part, by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.
Burnsville Visual Arts Society’s Art Fête
Burnsville Performing Arts Center; 12600 Nicollet Avenue South; Burnsville, MN 55337
Exhibit Dates: March 11 to May 1, 2010
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. FREE
BPAC free, public gallery hours: Monday – Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM, & Saturday 10 AM – 2 PM
*Gallery will also be open to patrons during events and performances
Artwork will be for sale, and may be purchased during the opening reception or by contacting BPAC Art Gallery Director Alejandra Pelinka at (952) 895-4685.
Burnsville Visual Arts Society
Burnsville Visual Arts Society (BVAS), formerly known as Burnsville Area Society for the Arts (BASA) is a 29-year-old non-profit, visual arts organization. Our purpose is to organize and promote a variety of local creative visual arts events and activities. We also serve as a resource to the community to connect our member artists to organizations and events. BVAS' programs have enhanced our community’s quality of life by encouraging an understanding of the arts. Our members include artists and arts advocates who participate in order to enrich their lives by learning from and supporting the arts. BVAS believes the beauty, thought, and peace the arts provide should be available to everyone.
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