Forests and Prairie shows are deliciously visual treats
By David F. Rooney
Our community’s Visual Arts Centre has been the venue for some pretty spectacular exhibitions in the past, but none have been more engaging and visually exciting that the Forests and Wide Open Spaces shows, which are open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 12 until 4 pm until August 3.
Featuring works by many of our best and boldest painters, photographers and ceramicists these shows are deliciously visual treats for art lovers.
The Forests show celebrates our province’s magnificent forests and the vital work of the BC Forest Service which is, this year, celebrating 100 years of dedicated service.
There are some unforgettable images in this show: Julie Kozek’s Nichol Road path, Rob Buchanan’s Cedar Sunrise and Eve Fisher’s Fire Suppression in the Alpine stand out. But there are many more. This show, like Wide Open Spaces, is well worth the donation of a few bucks you can toss in the jar to see it.
The Wide Open Spaces exhibit is a collection of works by the so-called Prairie Immersionists, a loosely formed band of Alberta and BC artists — Aran McCormick, Val Speer, Cherie Van Overbeke, Tina Lindegaard, Nicola McGarry and Gwen Lips. These artists met at the artistic community of Rosebud near Calgary and explored the southern Alberta landscape. The works by Revelstokians Tina, Nicola, Gwen and Cherie are marvellously different from the mountainous landscapes we have seen them produce in the past.
Speaking as someone who lived in Calgary for 21 years and knows Alberta — especially the southern part — extremely well, these four local artists and their two Alberta colleagues have perfectly captured the different moods of the Prairie landscape.
The Visual Arts Centre is located at 320 Wilson and can be contacted at 250-814-0261 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you enjoy fine local art — and believe me you’ll have to travel very long ways to find paintings, photography and ceramics as good as, or better, than those produced here — you’ll really want to see this show.
In the meantime, here is a collection of images taken at the opening of these two shows on July 13: