EAGM promoting great art throughout Estevan

The Estevan Art Gallery and Museum (EAGM) is encouraging people to seek out the great art that is located throughout the city, and take a selfie with it, through their inaugural cultural scavenger hunt.

The promotion started on July 18 in conjunction with the Inside/Out exhibition that they have up at the Woodlawn Regional Park, featuring the outdoor works for four Saskatchewan artists.

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“This is showcasing all of the different artwork that is in the exhibition, but also around town,” said Amber Andersen, the curator-director of the EAGM. “We’re encouraging people as a way to keep social distancing and do something that they can get out and do in a safe way while enjoying all the different art we have around the city.”

All people have to do to enter is take a selfie with the different pieces of art included in the scavenger hunt, and then send it to Karly Garnier, the EAGM’s programmer, at educator@eagm.ca.

Twenty-three art selections are included in the scavenger hunt, including murals, sculptures, the artwork currently on display at Woodlawn and tree carvings.

“You can do all 23, or you can do four or you can do however many you like, and once you do that, and you send that to Karly, you get entered in for each one of the selfies that you’ve taken,” said Andersen. “So you can only do it once per art piece, but you could potentially have your name entered 23 different times.”

Some of these are obvious locations, while others aren’t as well known.

“It gets you thinking about where I have seen that before,” said Andersen.

She hopes that this will create more awareness of the art in the community, especially the Woodlawn exhibits, while giving people another fun option during COVID-19, so they can get out of the house and see something different.

“It was a way to get people to go and flush out that work, and when we were doing it , we thought … ‘Well, why don’t we open it up to all of the other artworks that are already existing, and turn it into a scavenger hunt.” 

The deadline to enter is Sept. 8, which is the final day for the outdoor art at Woodlawn. Afterwards, one person who has entered will have their name drawn, and will win several gift cards as a grand prize.

Andersen said the promotion has proven to be quite popular. The EAGM has been getting lots of selfies, and some people have been to all 23, which is great to see, because there is some excellent art in the community. 

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