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At this art show, works from both established and emerging artists are all $100

Buy an unsigned painting – find out the artist’s name afterwards – with proceeds going to North Van Arts
Prospective buyers check out artwork at the Anonymous show in 2019.| Courtesy of North Van Arts

The truest test for North Shore art aficionados is back.

Starting Saturday, and running till Dec. 17, art appreciators of varying budgets can buy locally produced works at the 19th annual Anonymous Art Show.

On display at CityScape Community ArtSpace will be more than 350 artists who have created 739 original pieces of art on eight-by-eight-inch canvases. All of them cost $100. The catch? You won’t know who made a work until after you buy it.

When a sale is made, the painting is removed from the wall and replaced with a sold tag, revealing the artist’s name. Half of the sale goes to the artist, and half goes to non-profit North Van Arts, which runs the event.

“We are excited to have many artists participating this year for the first time, including a number of talented emerging artists whose work we are thrilled to be able to feature,” reads a statement from the organization.

While the gallery will be hosted in-person, the art show will continue to be featured online to give more people access to viewing and buying the artwork. Purchasing paintings will remain exclusively online.

“North Van Arts has adapted how we connect and engage with the artists and people living in this community, and we are continuously growing and evolving,” the organization said.

“This fundraiser helps support our programming as we move to recover from the ongoing pandemic, bringing back in-person events and classes, updated to better serve our community. We are grateful for the support that is essential in helping us continue to innovate, create and connect.”

The organization’s goal is to raise $50,000 from the event. Half of that will go to supporting programming next year, which includes: music therapy for youth, accessible arts education, community events like Arts in the Garden and collaborative exhibits highlighting diverse voices.

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