Thursday, January 5, 2017

Janis Blyth - January 2017 - Artist of the month

paradise found
A little spiritual help need it 

Janis Blyth's art captures the energy, humour and soul of the themes she paints. Strong colour and statement reflecting life's journey bounce off her canvas'. There is a vitality and spirit of the people as they interact with one another or with the elements of nature in the art.

     Janis worked in fashion retail after graduating from Uvic with a Fine Arts Degree. This influenced some of her creativity using pattern and layering of paint which was similar to the build up of fabrics and textures of the clothing. While raising her family in Vancouver, Janis participated in numerous group and solo shows. Moving to the Okanagan in 2010, she embraced the wine industry and it's people into her artwork. Showing in different wineries and meeting tourists, Janis' art flourished. The pull towards family however brought Janis and her husband back to the island.

     Acrylic and gouache are her favoured mediums. Janis is a member of the Gage Gallery- Arts Collective in Oak Bay.

well balanced

Monday, January 2, 2017

Jessica Jean Kuyper at Xchanges gallery and Studios

This Place is a show about connecting with our surroundings and asking where it is we belong within them. Often are we so distracted by the demands of responsibilities and by our personal devices, that in those spare moments when we are still the mind draws in and begins to observe the world around. With the use of a camera, Kuyper tries to capture the curiosities and mundanity of the everyday that is discovered within those quiet moments. However, it is within the process of drawing that the limitless stories and meanings of these inspired moments are revealed.

Opening Reception: Friday January 6th - 7-9pm

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Jutai Toonoo at Madrona Gallery

Jutai Toonoo
November 5 - 18, 2016 

Deluge Contemporary Art 

Rachel Vanderzwet at Deluge Contemporary Art - 2016

Rachel Bangels

Rachel Vanderzwet
Nov. 11 to Dec.10, 2016 

Approaching her practice with curiosity and a desire to explore the complexity and allure of contemporary visual culture, Vanderzwet is drawn to source imagery often fraught with what she terms “bubble gum” qualities. Her work is bright and cheeky, loud and alluring, energetic and humorous, but it never loses touch with the the quotidian and familiar. The surfaces of her paintings and large scale mediated collages flirt with the edges of recognition, engaging in a playful negotiation of material, composition and subject matter which is sometimes fully realized and at other times falls into abstraction. Vanderzwet’s layered compositions offer the viewer the possibility of untangling her unabashed and engaging surfaces while simultaneously creating further intrigue through her sure-handed manipulation of colour, material and form.