VIU Art Club treasurer Gabrielle Doucette is among the student artists who will have work on display at the Winter Art Sale-Stice at the View Gallery. (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)

VIU Art Club presents annual Christmas sale at the View Gallery

Around two dozen visual art students showing work at ‘Winter Art Sale-Stice’

After being taught how to create art all year, Vancouver Island University’s visual art students are now getting a lesson in selling their art.

Around two dozen students from first to fourth year will be crammed into the school’s View Gallery two to a table on Friday for the VIU Art Club’s Winter Art Sale-Stice.

Art Club treasurer Gabrielle Doucette will be among those students, offering handmade prints and seasonal cards. She and Art Club president Georgi Frie agree that it’s important for students to learn about the business side of art before graduating and being “thrown out into the art world.”

“It’s a good experience for people to learn how the art market works and how much they should be selling their art work for, what it’s like to interact with the customers that are interested in your work and it’s a good way to get your name out there as well…” Doucette said. “And it’s also a way for us students to make some money.”

Frie added,“While it would be nice to receive money, it’s also just simply a good experience for students to be in a low-stress version of being in the art world and selling their work at a commercial level.”

WHAT’S ON … The VIU Art Club presents its Winter Art Sale-Stice at the View Gallery, VIU Bldg. 330, on Friday, Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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