A landscape year at Nakusp’s Studio Connexion Gallery

NAKUSP — It is always good to start the season with something new and Studio Connexion Gallery is starting the 2014 exhibition year with new gallery lights that make a real difference when it comes to highlighting works of art.

Curator Anne Béliveau said in a statement that she is very enthused by this year’ s line-up of work, which she regards as a Landscape Year.

This season starts on the long week-end on Friday May 16.

Nakusp landscape artist David Nixon will be presenting a series of oil paintings in his first solo exhibition. He has been painting for many years and kept it secret until he did a few group shows with the Arrow Lakes Fine Art Guild. Also doing her first solo show is Denyse Marshall who has been working on a new series of oil paintings depicting in a very different style the sacred mountains and shores of the Arrow Lakes. Last year, she shared the space with Holly Woods with their beautiful watercolours and inks. Holly’s original watercolour cards and matching envelopes will also be on offer at the gallery this year.

Claire Paradis has been invited to do the only photography exhibit of the year. People know Claire as a reporter/photographer for the Arrow Lakes News who sometimes includes her photos in her articles. Fans around here have been looking for her return to view her wonderful nature abstract.

Anne was able to secure an exhibition of the Carlyle Group with the help of one member. The five Kootenay painters do a different plein air project each year. Last August, the Carlyle Group went to Mt. Assiniboine for a week. Studio Connexion will be presenting a selection of paintings produced from this excursion by Brigitte Desbois, Jennie Baillie, Louise Drescher, Stéphanie Gauvin and Mirja Vahala. Their show will close the Columbia Basin Culture Tour.

August will continue with the third solo exhibition bySharon Bamber. The wildlife artist’s soft-pastel works are being praised internationally. She was very excited last fall by the invitation of becoming an associate member of the Society of Animal Artists and to spend a week with Robert Bateman who is also a member. New and old work will be featured.

In September, the gallery will host Betty Fahlman with her new series Water. Betty is also an award winner who belongs to the Federation of Canadian Artists and is one of the founding member of the Arrow Lakes Fine Art Guild.

To finish the season, Anne is very pleased to showcase the paintings of Nadine Stefan, a mixed-media artist, who has been active for the past 30 years and has received numerous grants and awards. Nadine will present close-up landscapes that surround us with a mixture of seasonal changes, growth patterns in a nature abstract manner. She will also give us a taste of a new drawing project.

Studio Connexion is delighted to once again offer Jennifer Chocolates during its opening receptions. Also, you can become a Friend of Studio Connexion Gallery by buying a $10 membership which will keep you informed first about the artists and their exhibitions along with special events. Members can book the space for small gatherings. Plus the gallerist can help you with placing your artwork in your home.

Studio Connexion Gallery’s business hours are 11 am to 4 pm, Tuesday to Saturday, located downtown Nakusp, 2 ½ blocks from Broadway Street at 203 Fifth Avenue N.W.

You can also book private appointments to suit your busy schedule. Call 250-265-3586 or 250-265-8888 to speak with Anne.