New Visual Arts Centre exhibitions will challenge artists

By David F. Rooney

Local artists are being challenged to produce innovative works for the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre’s 2011-2012 exhibition schedule.

This year’s exhibition season will kick off with a members’ show entitled Doorways from April 8 until May 6 and will be followed by juried show called The Human Face of Revelstoke, which runs May 13 until June 3.

These two shows will present some real challenges to local artists, particularly the portraiture show as portraits are not often seen at RVAC exhibitions.

In terms of group shows, there will be four other exhibitions this year: the ever-popular Midsummer Affordable Art Fair, featuring works priced at less than $300, from August 12 until September 30; the BC Parks 100 Celebration: Blanket Creek Provincial Park Environmental Art Photographic Project, October 7 until November 4; Gifts from the Gallery, December 9-18; and Anything Goes 2 on Friday, February 3, 2012.

But that’s not all, folks. There are several exciting solo and small-group shows, as well.

Revelstoke’s own Golden Girls will hold a watercolour exhibition entitled Peonies to Privies May 13 – June 3 while Nakusp painter Gillianwood will hold a solo show called Commotion.

From June 10 until July 1, the United Church’s Wednesday Meditation Group will present an show called Wednesday Inspirations while the Revelstoke Self Advocates are producing works collectively called Through My Eyes. The June portion of the exhibition season will be rounded out with a show by Jewelles Smith called IN/side/OUT.

From September 9-30, The Centre will be showing Full Metal Basket, which will feature edgy and fascinating metal sculptures by Kate Tupper. At the same time, local photographer Jason Keerak will take you on a visual tour with London on Canvas and potters Nancy Geismar, Cat Mather and David Walker will show art Emerging from the Fire.

In October Centre patrons will enjoy Layers of Love by the Mount Revelstoke Quilters. This show, which runs from October 7-November 4, is the first exhibition at The Centre by local quilters and will likely attract a great deal of attention.

The starring shows in November will be an Art in the Park show marking the 125th Anniversary of Glacier and Yoho National Parks and the Best of Banff Photographic Exhibition. Those two shows will be open to the public November 12 until December 2.

For more information about the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre, its exhibitions and local artists please call 250-814-0261 or go to