Friday, February 24, 2017

Around Town - February 2017

I had the pleasure of attending two art events last Saturday.  The first was Shedding Layers, Feb 18- March 11 2017, a three person show at the Deer Lake Gallery in Burnaby.  My friend Nicole Smith's pottery crows were featured along with paintings by Jenn Ashton and David Righton.  This show was a bright and cheery way to spend a winter afternoon.  Both painters use strong colours and nature inspired imagery.  Ashton's work is fluid and whimsical, while Righton's paintings use an impasto technique that delineates his figures dramatically.
Smith's crows use various clay techniques including the raku glaze featured on the birds in the photo below.

After the Shedding Layers opening, my friend Dorothy and I attended Lori Goldberg's artist talk at the South Main Gallery in Vancouver.

Goldberg's show title was derived from Pierre Burton's idea that a Canadian is someone who knows how to make love in a canoe without tipping it over.  Using various painting techniques her imagery ranged from portages in the forest, to lone paddlers on lakes, and solitary canoes as objects in their own right.

My favourite pieces were O Canada, Spring Melt, and Homage.  South Main Gallery is a bright space that feels intimate yet was spacious enough for the paintings to breathe.  Goldberg talked about the paint techniques that she used to create the work, along with why canoes and their history compelled her to explore further.  The show is up until this Sunday February 25.
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