By David F. Rooney
The three shows that opened at the Visual Arts Centre on Friday will stimulate your senses and, if you like local art, certainly tempt you to part with a buck or two.
Cherie Van Overbeke’s show, Arriving, occupies the main gallery with 12 large abstract works by this prolific and talented local painter. Cherie has poured a lot of emotion and thought into her images and it shows. (You can read more about her show by clicking here) These are mixed-media works that have a distinctly organic look and should appeal to anyone who appreciates extraordinary viewpoints and efforts.
Suzanne Spisani’s show, The End of the Beginning, highlights her skills as a silversmith who regards jewellery, personal decoration and even housewares as objects that should be works of art in and of themselves. This is certainly obvious in Ditch the Kitchen Spoon and Balance Bowl. These two works are not merely functional, they are simultaneously whimsical and elegant. Personally, I lusted after these two works but — Alas! — they were not for sale.
Suzanne’s other pieces showed that same sense of whimsy, especially the weirdly wonderful bracelet called Slow As Molasses. Cast in the flesh of a
fish to give its surface a highly organic-looking texture, it closely — but unintentionally — resembles a prehistoric Hallucigenia from the Middle Cambrian-aged Burgess Shale near Golden.
Of particular note is Ron Nixon’s exhibition, called Feathers. Ron spent the last 16 months working on this largely marvelous exhibition of bird images.
Ron’s best works are all in coloured pencil. Each image is highly realistic and and finely detailed, consisting of thousands of tiny strokes from his coloured pencils.
If you love birds you will definitely not want to miss seeing his work.
These three shows are on exhibition at the Visual Arts Centre at 320 Wilson Street until Nov. 5. For more information about the shows or for information about hours please call 250-814-0261 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Here is a sampling of the works you can see when you visit The Centre: