Calyx art exhibit

Calyx, a semi-annual art exhibit that supports local artists and sells high quality art from diverse disciplines, was in Calgary Oct. 20 and 21.

Calyx was on display at the Crescent Heights Community Centre and showed work from 78 artists over the two days.

“Our work is superb,” Calyx founder Carol Voyt said of the event.

Calyx is a hybrid art show in that that it is a gallery experience, but it also benefits the artists, said Voyt.

According to Calyx’s website, the artists retain a great percentage of the purchase price of their artwork than at other shows.

Voyt and two other artists, Kellee Terpstra and Bonnie Haughton created the event in 2001.

According to Calyx’s website, the organizers believe artists are the best qualified people to exhibit and sell artwork as they have an intimate understanding of the artists, their media, and their specific artwork.

Voyt said Calyx is set up to encourage intermixed pieces of different art so that the artists can sell each other’s work. She said the artists work as a team to support one another.

Artists also gain direct feedback about their artwork from the art-buying public.

Voyt said Calyx looks for new talent each year.

“We like to keep the show fresh, changing and unique,” she said.

“We look for quality, originality, and something we haven’t seen before.”

To send work to be reviewed and possibly shown at a Calyx show, visit Calyx.ca, fill out an application, and submit it by mail or drop off locations. Submissions will be reviewed by Calyx’s jury.

Voyt said a deadline has not been set for submissions for the spring show, but it will likely be sometime in February.

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As a writing and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Devon Patterson worked as a reporter for The Press during the 2012-2013 academic year.