This Friday: Incredible ceramics, touching art stories and a Full Metal Basket of sculpture
By David F. Rooney
As many people in town know: I’m biased. I’m not saying I’m prejudiced, mind you, but I love art, whether it’s creating, viewing or buying it. I can’t seem to get enough of art most of the time, however, I must say that the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre’s three new exhibitions — Full Metal Basket, Emerging from the Fire and the Members’ Choice show — are almost enough to sate my artistic appetite.
The three shows open Friday at 6 pm and provide patrons with not just a visual feast, but some insight into how and why artists themselves collect certain pieces.
Full Metal Basket by Nakusp’s Kate Tupper once again demonstrates that she is a young woman who knows how to exploit the power of metal to impress and intimidate. Most of the impressive, even monumental, works in this one-woman show, which fills the main gallery, are created using industrial strapping. However, she also has two other works that, though they are also constructed using metal, are much lighter hearted (indeed, almost whimsical) than the others.
Emerging from the Fire features new ceramics by Nancy Geismar, David Walker and Cat Mather. Nancy is a well-known potter, who taught in Calgary and is one of the founding members of the Revelstoke Potters Guild. Her works are always a visual treat and she has many fine examples of her work on display in this show. David and Cat have both been exploring pottery for the last few years and their power over that medium has been growing rapidly.
The Members’ Choice show offers a glimpse inside the private collections of Visual Arts Society members, most of them artists. Not only have they generously loaned some of their works but they also explained what it was that drew them to those particular works. Some of the stories are quite interesting and some are event touching.
But don;t take my word for it. Come to the three-hour opening on Friday evening at 6! In the meantime, here are some images from the three shows that should whet your appetite: