girl holding balloonThis drawing by UWindsor graphic artist Renée Bombardier is one of the works featured in the exhibit Generation Oz, this weekend at the Walkerville Brewery.

Exhibit by local graphic artists to celebrate 75th birthday of fantasy film

An art show celebrating the 75th anniversary of the iconic film The Wizard of Oz has given creative professionals from Windsor-Essex a chance to strut their stuff.

“When you get a chance to see what designers do when the creative constraints are removed, it really shows you their true style,” says Renée Bombardier, one of the show’s organizers and a graphic designer in the Office of Public Affairs and Communications.

Generation Oz: The Wizard of Oz Redesigned runs November 21 to 23 at the Walkerville Brewery, in conjunction with the Made in Windsor Walkerville Holiday Sale. More than 25 custom art pieces each incorporate a quote from the original screenplay.

Many of the participants are entrepreneurs who tend to work alone and spend more of their creative energies bringing other people’s visions to fruition, Bombardier says. The format of this exhibit allows the designers to do art for art’s sake with no creative limits.

The show concludes in a closing reception and silent auction on November 23 from 2 to 5 p.m. The event is free, open to the public, and will include light refreshments and Wizard of Oz-inspired decor.

Walkerville Brewery is located at 525 Argyle Road. Find more info on the event Facebook page.