The Stillness of Life: Jeannette Sirois

Jeannette Sirois: “The Stillness of Life”

Opening Reception: Friday August 25th and is presented by Artcraft and the Salt Spring Island Arts Council.

Artist Talk: Sunday 27th August at 2pm.

The final showcase of the summer opens on Friday August 25th and runs until Artcraft closes on September 17th. Jeannette Sirois takes to the Mahon hall stage with a series of oversized botanical portraits created by many hours of painstaking work with oil and wax, coloured pencils, rendered on paper and mounted on cradleboards of up to 36”x54”.

Each still life study demands attention from the shocking strength and beauty of the colour , to the up close, hyper-real rendition of every detail of petal, stamen, thorn, built up with layer after layer of pencil strokes. Individually each work is breathtaking but collectively they have a power that draws the visitor up onto the stage to be closerto them, albeit with a sense of nervousness as the gallery space is so obviously controlled by the plants.

Sirois is comparatively new to Salt Spring and has only started showing her work here in the past couple of years, but has been creating and teaching art in other parts of BC for many years with a number of exhibitions in the lower Mainland.

Over the years she has used many different media to explore and create, from oils, acrylics and water colours to charcoal and clay; but has, for now at least, settled on the oil and wax sticks as her chosen instruments. It is a challenging  and time consuming drawing medium, requiring multiple layers of detail and colour to be built up to get Sirois’ desired result. It is also a less commonly used […]

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Homage to Mu Ch’i: Michael Wall

Michael Wall

August 4th to August 23rd

 

Whilst an art student in 1970’s England, Michael Wall came across a pen and ink drawing by Mu Ch’i, a 13th century Chinese monk. “Six Persimmons” is widely acknowledged as being one of the greatest calligraphic paintings ever produced, and the image has fascinated and inspired Wall ever since.

Over the years he has made several works in different media that reflect the composition and cadence of the original, but it is to photography that he keeps returning as he feels there are great parallels between the processes of Eastern Calligraphic painting and digital photography. In both disciplines there is a meditative precondition followed by a rapid execution.  Wall is particularly drawn to the period of contemplation before he captures a photograph and is acutely aware of how much this dictates the subsequent execution. This characteristic is common with Zen painting where the emphasis is on meditative power and the spiritual depth of each work, with the paintings often being used to aid meditation.

The photographs in the exhibition are largely black and white studies of six locally grown persimmons, with Wall manipulating the depth of field in some photographs and exploring effects made by moving the camera during longer exposure times. Hints of colour, unusual textures, and adventurous compositions appear from out of his contemplation, making for a series of unique and personal responses to the original painting. It is a visually strong and intoxicating collection; inviting the viewer to join in the contemplation.

Wall says that over time and in creating this exhibition his relationship with  “Six Persimmons” has altered, although he is not yet sure in exactly what way. That will, in […]

2017-07-27T12:18:14+00:00Categories: 2017, Showcase Exhibitions|0 Comments

A Celebration of Everyday Things

Nicola Wheston.

July 7th to August 2nd

A new series of paintings by Nicola Wheston takes the stage at Artcraft for the second Showcase of the summer, opening on July 7th.

Wheston is well known in the Salt Spring art world having had many solo shows on Island and indeed across Canada, Mexico and the UK. Whilst well known for her figurative and landscape paintings, and being trained in a classical style, her work always seems contemporary and often surprising.

In “A Celebration of Everyday Things” Wheston returns to her fascination with composition and the relationships of shapes to each other in any given space. Here she explores this fascination deeper by adopting and adapting a quilting technique “The spinning four patch pattern technique” which involves the use of a pattern which when spun sequentially can present a completely different, but successful view of the overall image. By using this technique Wheston feels the results become more interactive and puzzling to viewers, taking them in a different direction from most painting, but still maintaining the qualities and appreciation of paintings.

Many of the objects in the series are renditions of her own household plethora of things. Wheston has an appreciation for well-crafted tools and implements, and how they can often be used to enhance their owner’s lives for decades. There can be something so personal and vital about such frequently used implements, and yet she is also aware of the unnecessary numbers of things we can accumulate in the quest to improve our lives.

The exhibition is made up of a number of paintings for the walls, […]

2017-07-11T16:25:14+00:00Categories: 2017, Showcase Exhibitions|0 Comments

Mrs. Williams: Homage to a Homemaker

Melanie Thompson and Judith Barnett.

June 9th to July 5th

Friday June 9th sees the opening of Artcraft for its 49th season, and with it comes the first Showcase of the summer.

“Mrs Williams: Homage to a Homemaker” is the work of Melanie Thompson and Judith Barnett and has been in progress for the last two years. The idea came from an old wooden recipe box given to Barnett by her elderly neighbor, Mrs Williams. Inside the box was a collection of recipes, beautifully scripted in pen and ink, which, for Thompson and Barnett, symbolised the work of a lifetime homemaker. The box engendered memories of her own childhood for Thompson; her mother having a similar recipe box and being a homemaker, spending hours of each day in the kitchen, cooking, sewing, repairing, and being resourceful.

Thompson and Barnett have always appreciated and practiced these arts themselves, and believe that “women’s work” is to be celebrated and appreciated as the backbone of society.

To bring this to life they are creating a truly unique version of a kitchen from the 1950’s:  Dresses, aprons, mixing bowls and handmade books, vie for space with washing lines, an ironing board, shelving units and furniture, with repurposed materials being used throughout. Collage and painting line the walls referencing the world, skill, creativity, determination and resourcefulness of women at their work.

Acknowledging that the homemaker arts are now as important as ever, and that “ a woman’s work is never done” they have incorporated contemporary and unconventional materials in their creations, adding surprise and innovation to the feel of the installation.

An interactive aspect of the show will be a recipe box, like that of Mrs Williams, with cards on […]

2017-07-11T16:15:06+00:00Categories: 2017, Showcase Exhibitions|0 Comments

“Mrs Williams: Homage to a Homemaker”

Melanie Thompson and Judith Barnett bring “Mrs Williams: Homage to a Homemaker” to the Stage at Artcraft

The exhibit runs from June 9th to July 5th at Mahon Hall, and is sponsored by Windsor Plywood.

Artists Talk: Sunday, June 18, 2pm

 

“Mrs Williams: Homage to a Homemaker” is the work of Melanie Thompson and Judith Barnett and has been in progress for the last two years. The idea came from an old wooden recipe box given to Barnett by her elderly neighbor, Mrs Williams. Inside the box was a collection of recipes, beautifully scripted in pen and ink, which, for Thompson and Barnett, symbolised the work of a lifetime homemaker. The box engendered memories of her own childhood for Thompson; her mother having a similar recipe box and being a homemaker, spending hours of each day in the kitchen, cooking, sewing, repairing, and being resourceful.

Thompson and Barnett have always appreciated and practiced these arts themselves, and believe that “women’s work” is to be celebrated and appreciated as the backbone of society.

To bring this to life they are creating a truly unique version of a kitchen from the 1950’s:  Dresses, aprons, mixing bowls and handmade books, vie for space with washing lines, an ironing board, shelving units and furniture, with repurposed materials being used throughout. Collage and painting line the walls referencing the world, skill, creativity, determination and resourcefulness of women at their work.
Acknowledging that the homemaker arts are now as important as ever, and that “ a woman’s work is never done” they have incorporated contemporary and unconventional materials in their creations, adding surprise and innovation to the feel of the installation.

An interactive aspect of the show will be a recipe box, like […]

2017-06-07T09:45:18+00:00Categories: 2017|0 Comments