April 12th 2014 is Slow Art Day. A day dedicated to encouraging people to discover art and the joy of looking at art. The day also emphasizes the idea that people can see and experience art without an expert.
Art galleries and museums internationally are hosting Slow Art Day events. Most events are structured to allow participants to look at art slowly, by having people look at five works of art for ten minutes each. Participants then discuss their experience of looking at art. The simple structure makes it easy for galleries to participate.
Started in 2009 with 16 museums and galleries in North America and Europe Slow Art Day has expended to have over 210 venues on every continent in 2014. The list of this year's participating venues can be seen here.
Locally, the Art Gallery of Algoma will be participating in Slow Art Day with art viewing from 12:00-1:00pm and Slow Food Lunch in the Cafe from 1:00-2:00pm.