Man Art showcases male artists at Smithers Art Gallery

Man Art will be a venue for male artists across the northwest to show that they’re more than just the trade they use to make a living.

Don’t expect Man Art to be a collection of cliches like raised toilet seats or continuous loops of instant replays.

Man Art will be a venue for male artists across the northwest to show that they’re more than just the trade they use to make a living.

Michel Kafer with the Smithers Art Gallery said that the origin of this show was from women-oriented shows from years ago. At the time it was suggested a man’s show would be a good idea.

She recently put out a call for men to submit their own art for the show, and there will be over 20 artists on display for the show which opened yesterday. The opening reception is on Mar. 2 at 7 p.m.

“There is a full range of skills and ages and diversity,” said Kafer about what people can expect. “There are people coming from Haida Gwaii all the way to Prince George too.”

She said the show will help to identify men as artists. Lots of men, she said, work using various crafting skills but those are always used in traditional ways.

“I did ask that people step outside of that rather than building their typical things,” she said.

With a wide range of mediums, people can expect to come away seeing a little of everything.

Man Art runs to Mar. 31. The gallery is open Tuesdays to Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m.

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