Don’t miss this: three exhibitions — one opening

By David F. Rooney

There is something for everyone on Friday when the Visual Arts Centre opens three fascinating exhibitions — The Human Face of Revelstoke, Peonies to Privies and Commotion.

The Human Face of Revelstoke features 27 portraits — and a few self portraits — of local people. Come down and see how well — or how poorly — Tina Lindegaard, Ron Nixon, Kip Wiley, Diane Winningder and other artists captured their subjects. Some of these works, in particular two photographic  portraits by Kip Wiley and Tina Lindegaard’s offering are whimsical — even amusing. Others are darker. But all of them are tantalizing.

Also of interest is an exhibition of self portraits by school children from Arrow Heights Elementary School’s Grade 4/5. These delightful works, collectively entitled Self Portraits — Picasso-style,  will be on display in the foyer of The Centre as an informal complement to the The Human Face of Revelstoke show.

Peonies to Privies is the latest exhibition b y the Golden Girls watercolour group. These ladies have come a long way over the last five or six years and it shows in the quality of their work. The girls really are golden.

And then there is Commotion, a solo show by Nakusp painter Gillian Redwood. Her large, bold canvasses focus on nudes and occupy the entire main gallery.

“This exhibition is a celebration of life — natural, aggressive, passive, contemplative, healing, loving, spirited and vibrant,” she says in her artist’s statement. “The many colours of existence tell our stories of human-ness. Many of my figures have no face. This is because I don’t wish them to have personality, aside from their natural presence.”

Well, I’ve blathered on enough. You should be the real judges at the opening this Friday from 6 pm until 9 pm at the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre, located at 320 Wilson behind the Days Inn.

In the meantime, here is a selection of images from the three shows:

Purely Me — acrylic on canvas by Tina Lindegaard. David F. Rooney photo
Warped — mixed media by Carmen Segger. David F. Rooney photo
Waterboy — photo transfer on wood by Krista Stovel. David F. Rooney photo
Nature Calls in All Seasons — Winter — watercolour by Sherrin Davis. David F. Rooney photo
In Memory — watercolour by Linda McGee. David F. Rooney photo
Mmm — I love onions — watercolour by Sherrin Davis. David F. Rooney photo
Secret Garden — watercolour by Lorna Duncan. David F. Rooney photo
Spring — watercolour by Delfina Peressini. David F. Rooney photo
Woman in Red by Gillian Redwood. David F. Rooney photo
Fortuna by Gillian Redwood. David F. Rooney photo
Olivi by Gillian Redwood. David F. Rooney photo