Meet the artists at the Community Open House, Thursday Oct. 6th, 6pm
October 4th – October 31st, 2016
Walls: Carol Roberts, ‘Puzzling’, acrylic on canvas, plastic & paper
Cases: Rochelle Brubacher, ‘Star Trek 50th Anniversary Costumes’,
textile and sculpture
By Toby Jaxon
Foyer Gallery Curator
Artists Dare to Boldly Go!
Artist Carol Roberts is an abstract expressionist, a communicator, a risk taker and a creator of emotional impact. Her works are a manifestation of ideas, balance, design and colour, all combined to address both playful ideas but also real challenges that humans must puzzle over for a sustainable world. Jigsaw puzzling and all games may come to mind when you think of ‘PUZZLING’, the title of Roberts art exhibit. Her artful expressions reflect an interest in solving problems with heart and intuition…to find creative solutions to new situations.
Roberts received her degree in Art Education from UBC to teach in the public school system and is known for developing a journaling style called Visual Recording. She has taught this form of expression in Canada, Mexico and Thailand where she also worked in tourism. Extensive travel introduced her to forms of visual interpretation that give an ethnic personality to her bold, playful representations.
For Roberts, there is never a dull moment. Roberts divulges, “Firstly, I puzzle over the very nature of humans. We are a ‘lusty lot’, always wanting more, and this is wrecking havoc with our planet. Secondly, humans are curious. We are actively exploring everything including outer space. To be human is to be a Puzzler. I see this as a positive part of us and Puzzling is necessary for our survival.” Her inspirations are the political and environmental landscape, travel and spirituality. She invites you to puzzle over her images and see how they speak to our times.
On the ‘Young@ART’ wall Roberts includes a co-creation that she made with her grand kids who are inspired artists, keen on subjects like volcanos and dragons!
“Star trek is not just a kind of TV show but an institution full of alien races, unique characters and future humans who have solved the problems plaguing current day earth and present an outlook to life where exploration, learning and peace are the highest goals.” Says Brubacher. As part of the display: Aliens represent archetypes with prominent, over-emphasized characteristics that make us look at ourselves; Spock values logic over emotion while Picard exemplifies leadership; Kai Winn (Deep Space 9) epitomizes ambitious politics hidden in the disguise as a religious leader.
As a child, Brubacher was encouraged by her parents to sew and engineer creations. Then came Mr. Dress-Up’s tickle trunk full of costumes. Her journey evolved from designing Halloween costumes for herself to making costumes for her children to eventually outfitting entire casts of high school musicals. “Finally Gene Roddenberry inspired me with his creating Star Trek, not just with the vast array of aliens and uniforms to re-create but with a life philosophy that compels us to believe in a non-dystopian future where there is a better way and the ills of the earth will be healed,” she says. “The popularity of Star Trek is unlike any other, period. The combination of positive, visionary futurism with relevant social commentary distinguishes Star Trek from every other science fiction television program that has followed it,” says Brubacher, an obvious devoted fan.
Brubacher’s creative focus is to make each piece as true to the original costume as possible and admits that she might watch a representative episode 20 to 30 times while sketching, engineering and finally sewing the costume.
She considers herself a life artist. “My whole life is a work of art, flowing where the day takes me. I paint watercolour, quilt, costume, sing, play guitar, build, whatever suits me on a given day. Life presents itself and I accept and embellish,” says Brubacher who lives off the grid with her husband. As environmental nature-lovers, they work together toward a reduced carbon footprint lifestyle and raise awareness of how important respecting and working with nature is. Live Long and Prosper
Upcoming Foyer Gallery Shows
|Sept 6 – Oct 3||Walls & Cases: Charly Mithrush & Donna Stewart, ‘All in the Mix; a fusion of mediums to create the story…’ , acrylic, encaustic, cold wax, plaster, cement & ephemera|
|Oct 4 – Oct 31||Walls: Sarah Symes, ‘Sea to Sky Landscapes’, abstract fabric paintings
Cases: Rochelle Brubacher, ‘Star Trek 50th Anniversary Costumes’, textiles, sculpted clay & mixed media
|Nov 1 – Nov 28||Walls: Jenna Robinson, ‘Chasing Light’, acrylic on canvas
Cases: Emily Tolmie, ‘Celebrating Culinary Rituals’, functional ceramics
|Nov 29 – Jan 2||Artisan Holiday Celebration
Walls & Cases: Visuals Squamish Valley Artists, ‘Red Alert’, Group Show, various media
Sale Event: December 2, 3 & 4 Artisan Displays, Live Music, Art Demos, baking
Event runs: Fri 1–5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun 10–3:30 p.m.
Call for Artists
The Foyer Gallery at the Squamish Public Library is a contemporary space dedicated to the exhibition of excellent artwork. It is located in the entrance to the Squamish Public Library. Purchases can be made through the staff. The gallery supports large wall works as well as smaller works suitable for display in three elegant glass display cases. Submissions from artists in all disciplines are invited or future juried exhibitions in the Foyer Gallery at the Squamish Public Library. We are booking now for the 2016/2017 season.
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