Collective Visions Gallery organizes Winter Arts Festival

Building upon its statewide juried art show, the Collective Visions Gallery in Bremerton is organizing a winter arts festival that will feature art movies, theatre arts, music and the 2014 CVG Show. This competitive art exhibition is in its seventh year. The primary impetus for the expansion of the opening events for the 2014 CVG Show to more than three days is to make the popular Awards Ceremony and Juror’s Lecture accessible to the general public and attractive to both local and out-of-town art lovers and collectors. Collective Visions will hold the Artist’s and Sponsor’s Reception, the Awards Ceremony and the Juror’s Lecture in the Admiral Theatre on Jan. 25. While tickets to the reception are $15 each, the Awards Ceremony and Juror’s Lecture are free to the public.

The 2014 CVG Show opens at noon on Jan. 25 and will be on exhibit through March 1. Artists from across the state are competing for nearly $10,000 in cash prizes and purchase awards. The award winners will be posted in the gallery following presentation of the awards. Voting on the People’s Choice Award begins when the exhibition opens and closes on Feb. 28. A special end-of-show ceremony presenting the People’s Choice Award will take place that evening, along with a lecture by Greg Robinson, director of the new Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.

Gallery hours for the duration of the show are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on Sundays. Collaborating organizations for the festival include the Admiral Theatre, SeeFilm Cinemas, the City of Bremerton, the Downtown Bremerton Association, the Bremerton Symphony Association, Visit Kitsap Peninsula, various hotels and motels and Collective Visions Gallery.

The schedule of festival events starts with the Admiral Theatre’s showing of The Fantasticks on Jan. 23 and ends with Menopause, The Musical on Jan. 26. Between these two theatrical productions will be concerts by the Pearl Django, Seattle’s premier gypsy jazz group, and Bremerton’s Eugenie Jones, a fast-rising jazz vocalist on the Seattle scene, appearing with her trio; plus an array of documentary art films, vintage films, and newly released independent films to be shown at SeeFilm and the Admiral. All events are ticketed independently. A complete schedule for the festival can be found at CVG Art Show & Festival, as well as web addresses for the various entities involved, including area hotels, many of whom are offering special rates for this event.