Barrie artist Jill Price selecting items for World Art Games

By Susan Doolan, Special to Postmedia Network

Barrie artist Jill Price has been chosen to represent Canada at an international conference to plan next year's World Art Games in Croatia. (Mark Wanzel Photo)

Barrie artist Jill Price has been chosen to represent Canada at an international conference to plan next year's World Art Games in Croatia. (Mark Wanzel Photo)

Jill Price has been chosen to represent Canada at an international conference to help plan next year’s World Art Games in Croatia.

The conference, which will draw artists from countries around the globe, takes place in Turkey, Sept. 21-24.

The Barrie artist has launched a number of fundraising initiatives to help with the cost of the trip and her latest is a raffle/draw for $500 of artwork, winners choice, from her Lakeshore Mews studio.

She will be attending the conference with Sarnia photographer Valerie MacGregor-Rempel, who is heading up the Canadian team. She asked Price to be an artist delegate at the conference, after seeing her work at a Toronto show.

“It’s more of an expo, not just of visual art but of all the arts — the categories are extremely broad,” said Price of the games which will see a Canadian team representing everything from food to performing arts at the WAG.

“Basically, it is about creating a global community with all the different disciplines, which will help the artists build their capacity beyond their own country.”

In addition to promoting arts and culture, WAG has a mission to build a global art network.

For the individual artists, aside from a potential global resource for residencies, teaching opportunities and the like, it is the ability to build a profile beyond their own country, display their work, and talk about it with the viewing public and other artists.

Price is hoping the conference will answer a number of questions about how the games will unfold and how other countries plan to go about acquiring financial support to send their representatives.

In addition to interacting with other artists, Price hopes it will provide context in terms of her own art and what is happening in contemporary art around the world.

“(I want) to see what other countries are doing — what does contemporary art look like in other countries?” said Price, who will begin to see some examples of it at the conference as artists are expected to bring a piece of their art work to exhibit.

She expects to bring one of her cultural landscapes, such as the painting she is pictured with here. It shows one of Barrie’s waterfront condominiums. Price also likes to add meaning to her work. “The cultural landscapes — I try to reflect what’s going on in society,” she said. “The changes tell a story of who we all are as people.”

Barrie residents are invited to help her chose which painting to take.

The work will become part of the World Art Games permanent collection. She will keep a running tally of the which painting is leading on Facebook.

To vote, visit www.jillpricestudios.ca, choose ‘world art games’, click ‘like’ for your favourite painting. Voting can also be done in person at her studio, 117 Lakeshore Mews, across from Heritage Park.

Price opened her studio in the summer of 2010, after moving from London, Ont., to pursue art full time.

Her background runs the gamut from arts administration, running her own co-op gallery, working independently as an artist — painting, drawing, collage — curating, writing, teaching and publishing.

After receiving a degree in fine arts from the University of Western Ontario, Price returned to school for her teaching credentials and after graduating, landed a job at a London private school.

It was doing workshops with kids that initially inspired her to go into the education field and it was the children she was teaching at school that inspired her return to art.

Since then, she has shown her work extensively in the Barrie area as well as across central and southern Ontario. She is currently represented by galleries in Toronto and London.

To participate in the raffle draw for $500 of artwork, tickets are $5 for one or five for $20. For $40 of raffle tickets, there is a $40 gift certificate as well as entry into the draw.

The raffle ends Sept. 10 and the draw takes place Sept. 12. Raffle tickets are available at her studio with the proceeds going towards the cost of airfare.

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