By David F. Rooney
If you are anything like me you’ll be absolutely gobsmacked by one of the very first works of art you see at this evening’s opening at the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre. I won’t say anything else about what that may be as I don’t want to play the spoiler. But trust me: You Will Be Amazed.
This evening’s opening featurds two shows. Transient Landscapes is an exhibition of watercolours by Christina Lake artist Richard Reid. This series of paintings focuses on the landscapes he sees each day. This is an interesting show by itself but it is the second show, Celebrating the Year of Craft: Textiles, that stunned me. (My friend Leslie Savage was likewise stunned; please click here to read her impressions of the show.)
This show features works by Reid’s wife, Beverley, Robin Wiltse, Janet Armstrong, Lois McLeod, Jean Brighouse and a number of talented members of our own Revelstoke Visual Arts Society. The works on display in this show are produced by women who are clearly at the peak of their creative powers and are excellent examples of the immense power of craft to stimulate and even fool the senses. If you do not come see this show you will certainly regret it.
Here are a few images from the exhibitions, which are on display at the Visual Arts Centre Tuesday through Saturday from noon – 4 pm until May 1: