Both rejection and inclusion were one and the same on the evening of June 22.
Though the Oshawa Art Association had no interest in artists like tattooist Ryan Howe, all the bodies filling Lost Anchor Tattoo Parlour on Simcoe Street sure did.
The OAA had recently held a large art show and refused many interested participants.
Not letting this dismissal get in the way of a night of entertainment, shop owner and artist Mike Godley and his shop hosted this night of artistic inclusion, called Parlour of Rejects, Alternative Art Show.
With what Godley described as, “rejected art,” visitors could enjoy art that doesn’t fit the “stereotypical fine art mold” as Godley called it. This event was the first for Lost Anchor but there are plans and hopes to making it a monthly affair.
Raffle tickets were given to every guest, allowing them to choose their favourite piece of art and in addition, have a chance to win their artistic prize at the end of the night. Popcorn was available to munch on while people’s eyes feasted on both bold colours and simple blacks and whites.
Creativity was on display and these artists were anything but sore losers.
Story and image by Hillary diMenna