By David F. Rooney
The new exhibitions at the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre — Townsfolk and Flourish and Flow: A joint exhibition by RAOP and Forsythe House — are sure to make you smile and reflect on life.
Townsfolk by local painter Cherie Van Overbeke consists of 16 portraits of local people painted in her distinctive style. These bright and vibrant paintings, which occupy the entirety of the main gallery, are quite good and will without a doubt elevate your mood when you attend the opening reception at RVAC starting at 6 pm on Friday, September 4.
I won’t say much more about that because I don’t want tho play the spoiler so you’ll have to attend the opening — or drop by The Centre before it ends on September 25 — to see for yourself.
There are 33 watercolours in Flourish and Flow that have been created by members of the Revelstoke Awareness and Outreach Program and residents at Forsythe House, also known as the Women’s Shelter. These paintings were produced with the assistance of Georgia Rayne Sumner who has been teaching them painting for several years. They are, for the most part, executed in a rather naive and engaging style. Of particular note are the series of paintings hanging in the Sophie Atkinson Gallery that depict pain. Some of these are quite mesmerizing and are certain to make you think about life.
Here’s what Georgia has to say about that aspect of the project: “When we learn how to put our mark on paper in a way that honours how water, brush, pigment and paper type come together, we recognize ourselves in the result. Using methods of meditation we reach our deepest pain, leaning how to express its intensity, its colour, its form, and where is resides in us. By putting pain on paper we learn to recognize it. Through a similar process we can create a place of release and comfort. During times of trauma it becomes our retreat. We also learn to recognize pain we did not know existed in ourselves and how to see and respond to pain in others.”
These are excellent and thoughtful shows.
Townsfolk and Flourish and Flow open at 6 pm on Friday, September 4, at the Visual Arts Centre located at 320 Wilson Street just behind the Days Inn. They are open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from noon until 4 pm until Saturday, September 25. For more information about the centre please click here to visit its website.
In the meantime, here are a few images from the show that I hope you’ll appreciate.
By David F. Rooney