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Check out local artists at upcoming virtual exhibit

Event to launch July 7
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Rolling Pictures is moving ahead with its second annual Art X Project event starting on July 7, showcasing up and coming Sault Ste. Marie artists. 

The free event, curated by Annie King with assistance from Future SSM and the Downtown Association, will be held virtually. The exhibition will feature the works of Penny Gabor, Bonnie Lee Thorpe and Amy Williams.

The artists came together and hung all their work and a 3D visual tour was produced by local photographer Lynnn Buller of Northern Lens, using their state of the art Matterport virtual tour system.  Three video profiles were also created to help the audience get to know the artists. 

"We would normally show the profiles in our theatre, host live music with food and drinks,'' says Peace. But this was an opportunity to try something new and ambitious." 

The full release is as follows: 

Rolling Pictures announces its second Art X Project event - an exhibition featuring up and coming Sault Ste Marie artists. This exhibition will feature the works of Penny Gabor, Bonnie Lee Thorpe and Amy Williams. The event was curated by Annie King and assistance from Future SSM and the Downtown Association.

"Our last show drew hundreds of people over the course of three nights and hundreds more on selected nights during the month of November when we were last allowed in person visitation, '' says Robert Peace, Community Relations Director at Rolling Pictures and creator of the ART X event.  

The Art X Project was designed as a way to support local early career interdisciplinary artists by providing opportunities to display their work in a public space, gain experience in exhibition development, network with other local artists, build their portfolios, generate revenue and commission work and develop followings and public/media attention through the associated marketing of the project (both traditional and digital); while at the same time attracting local and visiting audiences into the downtown core.

"We were supposed to have a spring show with this group of artists who have been waiting patiently for things to open,: says Peace. However with the last Provincial opening announcement and the reality setting in that it might not be until fall, our artists agreed we would host a virtual event now." 

The artists came together and hung all their work and a 3D visual tour was produced by local photographer Lynnn Buller of Northern Lens, using their state of the art Matterport virtual tour system.  Three video profiles were also created to help the audience get to know the artists. 

"We would normally show the profiles in our theatre, host live music with food and drinks,'' says Peace. But this was an opportunity to try something new and ambitious." 

"The Downtown Association is excited to be involved with this new Art X exhibition. These events provide another opportunity for artists to showcase their work while providing guests an opportunity to come experience all that our downtown has to offer once we can do in-person shows”, says Downtown Association's Salvatore Marchese.

The virtual show which will include a live chat session with the artists will launch July 7. Tickets are available free of charge or with a donation through eventbrite.ca - search ART X .  All art pieces will be for sale and any donations are shared directly with the artists.