Located in Mill Lake Park in Abbotsford, British Columbia, the Kariton Art Gallery is an initiative of the Abbotsford Arts Council, providing a resource for local artists to exhibit and sell their work. The gallery features 10-12 exhibitions per year that showcase the works of over 100 local artists, ranging from emerging to professional. The gallery also has a boutique gift shop where the work of local artisans can be purchased year-round. The Abbotsford Arts Council has operated the Kariton Art Gallery since 1995 and has showcased over 3,000 artists during this time. All of the exhibitions at the Kariton Gallery are juried.

How can I exhibit my work at the Kariton Art Gallery?

The Gallery has been issuing a call for artists, typically in the Summer of each year, to submit applications for the following year’s exhibitions. 

How long are gallery exhibits?

Exhibits are typically 3.5 weeks, but some are of different lengths depending on the nature of the exhibit.

How many people visit the gallery?

In 2017, over 8,000 people visited the gallery. 

Who owns the Kariton Art Gallery?

The City of Abbotsford owns and maintains the building. The Abbotsford Arts Council, a registered non-profit organization, administers and juries all exhibitions, operates the gallery and pays for all expenses associated with its operation. Applications are accepted from local artists working in all visual arts media. 

What is the cost to exhibit at the Kariton Art Gallery?

Gallery exhibitors must be members of the Abbotsford Arts Council. Membership is currently $30 for individuals and $50 for groups. If in a group, each group member showing artwork in the exhibition must have an individual membership, even with the group membership in place. Additionally, the gallery receives a 30% commission on any artwork sold during the exhibition.

Must my artwork be for sale?

Yes. The Kariton Art Gallery requires that all artwork be for sale during the exhibition. Exceptions to this policy are sometimes made, but rarely. 

When will I get paid if my artwork sells?

As staff hours allow, payments are now made to exhibiting gallery artists within 30 days of the end of the exhibit. Exhibiting Boutique artists are paid on a quarterly basis. A representative of the gallery will notify the artist when their cheque is ready for pick up.

How is an exhibition chosen?

The application package, including cover letter, artist statement, biography, images of artwork, etc., is juried by a panel of professional artists who consider every aspect of the application. Gallery staff members are not privy to jury discussions, nor do they influence which applications are chosen for exhibitions.

Can I have a solo exhibit?

It is up to the jury as to the capacity in which an artist exhibits their work. Accepted artists might be paired with another artist for a dual show or grouped with several artists for a group show. The gallery typically hosts a mixture of solo, dual and group shows each year. 

What types of work do you accept?

We accept artwork from local artists ranging from emerging (with little to no exhibiting experience) to professional. We consider any visual artwork (2D and 3D) that can be contained in the exhibition space and abides by our hanging and display policies as listed in the exhibition application. 

What is your definition of “local"?

The Kariton Art Gallery is located in Abbotsford, British Columbia. We consider applications from artists residing in the communities of Abbotsford, Hope, Chilliwack, Mission, Maple Ridge, Aldergrove, Pitt Meadows, Langley, and Surrey. Exceptions are sometimes made to this rule, but rarely.

Will my artwork be covered by the gallery’s insurance during the exhibition?

The artist is responsible for insurance coverage on artwork during transit of the work to the gallery. The artwork will be covered by insurance for damage or theft for the duration of the exhibition with a deductible of $1,000.00 for which the artist is responsible. Artists showing work in the Kariton Boutique are responsible for insuring their own work.

Can I volunteer at the gallery during my exhibit?

YES! We and the public love having the exhibiting artist present during their exhibition. Please let us know when you might be available to volunteer.

How does the gallery advertise my exhibit?

As the gallery is operated by a non-profit organization with limited funding and staff, the gallery advertises exhibits as funding and staff hours allow. The gallery lists the exhibit on its website, promotes it via its social media sites, sends a press release announcing the show to media outlets throughout the Lower Mainland, 

Where can I get more information?

Any other inquires can be emailed to Gallerycoordinator@abbotsfordartscouncil.com.