In Pictures: Great art exhibits at the Visual Arts Centre

By David F. Rooney

The latest shows at the Visual Arts Centre are a curious blend of realistic adventures in art.

As a patron visiting The Centre you’ll experience the amazing and mature created by a group of women artists in Adventure Quencher. Artists Zuzana┬áRiha, Natalie Harris, Jess Leahey and Nicola McGarr put together a stunning show. Then you can a sense of our local children’s take on the salmon that once provided an amazing bounty for everything that lived along the Columbia River through Salmon Connections. There are more adult perceptions of the river itself and its relationships, and watercolour impressions in Looking Back by the Golden Girls. And lastly, there is Reimagining the Columbia, a juried group exhibition of lovely works.

If you haven’t yet seen these shows, head down to the Visual Arts Centre anytime between noon and 4 pm Tuesday through Saturday until May 26. Admission is by donation.

The latest shows at the Visual Arts Centre are a curious blend of realistic adventures experienced by a group of women artists, children’s views of the salmon that once provided an amazing bounty for everything that lived along the Columbia River, adult perceptions of the river itself and ts relationships, and watercolour impressions by the Golden Girls. This was a well-attended show as you can see here as patrons mingle aroudb Nicola McGarry’s visibly invisible tree, called The Old Growth. Please click here to see a larger version of this image. David F. Rooney photo
These young women are admiring Greta Speerbrecker’s diminutive series called My Revestoke. It is one of the entries in the Golden Girls show. David F. Rooney photo
Ceramic bue-green salmon appear to swim past Columbia Park Elementary Principal Andy Pfeiffer as he talks with Sue Leach, the Grade 5 teacher whose class of creative children created the ceramics, paintings and banners you an see in the Salmon Connection show. David F. Rooney photo
Sue Leach (left) poses with professional artist Tina Lindegaard, who helped them through the Art Starts in Schools Program. David F. Rooney photo
This is not just a poster, but a document that describes some of the many living creatures that are connected to the salmon. David F. Rooney
Sheila Talbot admires Toni Johnston’s painting of the Columbia River in the show. David Rooney photo
Red Indian Paintbrush
By Greta Speerbrecker
Watercolour
Lichen, Leaf, Moss
By Nicola McGarry
Found objects
The Salmon Return!
By Nancy Geismar
Ceramic
The Salmon Connection
Grade 5 students at Columbia Park Elementary
Kari’s View
By Coreen Tucker
Acrylic on canvas
Follow Me
By Zuzana Riha
Acrylic on canvas