THIS MONTH AT THE FOYER GALLERY:
May 2nd – June 5th, 2017
Walls: Andrea Mueller, ‘The Time Time Stood Still’,
mixed media on canvas
Cases & Walls: Karen Yaremkewich, ‘Mirror, Mirror – Snow White’,
upcycled fairy tale fashion & mosaic mirrors
Opening Reception: May 15th, 6-8pm
Spirited and Dynamic with So Much Colour!
By Toby Jaxon
Foyer Gallery Curator
The Time Time Stood Still is an assembly of light-hearted pop art, exaggerated forest scenes and modern ocean perspectives with the common theme of human connection in clear, bold and often fluorescent colours! Contemporary visual artist Andrea Mueller presents a manifestation of human connection, growth and the passing of time in this retrospective of her work over the past 5 years.
Mueller, who has been creating art since her youth, was initially inspired by her self-taught opa, and went on to graduate from the Ontario College of Art and Design. Working in a variety of themes, Mueller admits that she has many inspirations. “My work is characterized by bold colors, messy loose brush strokes and darkly playful imagery. It examines the relationship and connection between all things including humans, animals, memory, language, belief systems, the environment and the impact these have on one another. My work also often references the idiosyncrasies of romantic relationships.”
Although art is her main passion, she loves to be outdoors in any capacity, especially exploring forests and the ocean. “My creative process varies depending on the work. Sometimes I sketch out my ideas and then use those as inspiration to create a final piece. Other times the work shows itself to me already completed in my minds eye and I do not need to create a sketch. Colours appear to me before I even begin a painting and I can plot out exactly what the final work will look like straight from my mind”, says Mueller who has future goals of expanding her development by incorporating more found objects and sculptural elements into her work.
Eco-textile and mosaic artist Karen Yaremkewich is creatively obsessed with two things: recycling and fairy tales. She creates contemporary one-of-a-kind, handmade wearable art and eco-friendly home décor breathing new life into locally sourced reclaimed fabric waste and thrift-shop finds. Particularly inspired by the Brothers Grimm fairy tales, Snow White and the movie adaptation Mirror Mirror, she has created five characters from the story for this show, all made entirely from reclaimed materials!
Born and raised in Squamish, Yaremkewich comes from multi-generations of makers who were ‘upcycling’ in Europe during the thirties, long before the term was even coined. Old things were taken apart and sewn into something new again.
“I started Endure Upcycled Designs in Sept. 2010 with my first big cosplay piece Mad Hatter Jacket to be worn at the Tim Burton Ball in Vancouver. My inspiration is drawn from all the fairy tales I grew up listening to at bedtime and the fictional steampunk time period that is loosely based on Victorian era design set in the future”, says Yaremkewich. Soon after she opened her online store etsy.com/ca/shop/enduredesigns with a ‘Peacock Skirt’ as one of her first big sales shipped to a client in New York. Then came ‘The Green Bride’ her upcycled wedding dress mash-up sent to a vegan farm bride in Ohio and later published in Veg News Magazine.
Yaremkewich’s mosaic mirrors feature inspirational words spelled out using computer keyboard keys and recycled china teacups, tile, broken plates as well as pottery shards and fused glass pieces reclaimed from other local artists. The remainder of the supplies have been found at Squamish Rebuild including the wood for the base of the frames, the grout and the sealer.
If you want more proof that Yaremkewich is a busy lady, she reveals, “Recently, I completed all the costumes for a Peter Pan theatre production in San Antonio, Texas. Last week, I shipped a wedding dress to Japan. It was a restoration project of a 1970’s dress that I had dyed in a plum dye bath and hand stitched lace appliques entirely.” Yaremkewich also volunteers her skills creating costumes for local theatre productions, currently Squamish Academy of Music’s production of Alice in Wonderland playing at the Eagle Eye Theatre May 13th.
Meet passionate environmental artist Yaremkewich at her Farmer’s market booth and come to her Opening Reception on Monday, May 15th from 6 to 8pm at the Squamish Public Library.
A HUGE ARTSY THANKS
to the 2017 “FOYER FRIENDS” and all that supported the FOYER GALLERY 11th Annual Fundraiser Gala Event
Thanks to the”Artists of the Gallery” for your amazing art donations:
Kay Austen, Bob Brant, Maureen Brown, Sanaz Busink, Sean Clayton, Lisa Elbertsen, Zoë Evamy, Margaret Forbes, Lila Gaudry, Dave Gilmore, Nancy Hamilton, Andrea Hoff, Toby Jaxon, Penelope Kalospisi Kennedy, Jane Keyes, Peter Lang, Shirlee Lewis, Lynda Maximenko, Judy McQuinn, Tamsin Miller, Andrea Mueller, Mo & Tony Rainbow, Rich Rawling, Sonia Richardson, Oriana Rollo, Jan Phelan, Scandinavia Wolf Designs (Kristy Hansen), Tatiana Shilova, Fran Solar, Michiko Splinter, Barbara Stover, Sarah Symes, Kathleen Tennock, Linda Wagner, Dawna Werbeski, Kathleen Wheeler, Elena Whitman, Karen Yaremkewich & Great Spirit Designs
Thanks to the sponsors, contributors and volunteers!
Event Corporate Sponsors:
Dynamic Property Management, Double Shutter Images, Scotties Liquor, Match Eatery & Public House
Musical Performance by Carolyn Grass & Friends
Live art demo by Scandinavia Wolf Designs – Kristy Hansen
Arts & Crafts Raffle Prize donated by Up With Art
Soiree Doorprizes donated by Sarah Symes, Silverfoot, Jaxon Designstudio & Norman Rudy’s Pub
Foyer Gallery in the Squamish Public Library
What a great feeling — being part of the arts and culture scene in Squamish!
The Foyer Gallery is located in the entrance to the Squamish Public Library. Purchases can be made through the staff.
Mon Tue Wed Thu 11am–8pm
Sat Sun 10am–4pm
Upcoming Foyer Gallery Shows
|May 2 – June 5||Walls: Andrea Mueller, ‘The Time Time Stood Still’, mixed media
Cases: Karen Yaremkewich, ‘Mirror, Mirror – Snow White’, up-cycled fairy tale fashion & mosaic mirrors
|June 6– July 10||
Walls: Dawna Werbeski, ‘Eclectica, a Reflection on Phases’, acrylic & mixed media paintings
Cases: Squamish Nation Group Exhibit, ‘Aboriginal Celebration’, mixed media, + on slat wall
|July 11 – Aug 7||
Walls: Lila Gaudry, ‘Layers’, textile art and acrylic paintings
Cases: Shirlee Lewis, ‘Nature, Prints & Process’, mixed media, etchings/wood block/lino
|August 8 – September 4||
Walls & Cases: Oriana Rollo, ‘Bloom’, acrylic paintings & jewelry (1 case)
Cases: Judy McQuinn, ‘Same Music Different Dance’, jewellery and stained glass (2 cases)
|September 5 – October 2||
Walls: Bob Brant, ‘Wonders of Salmon, Forest & Nature’, photography on metal
Cases: Lisa Elbertsen, pottery and felted crochet
|October 3 – October 30||
Walls: Sean Clayton, ‘Psychedelic Landscapes’, pen drawings & acrylic paintings
Cases: Tamsin Miller & Penelope Kalopisi Kennedy, ‘Rhythms of Nature’, weaving
|October 31 – November 27:||
Walls: Mo & Tony Rainbow, ‘Families in Parks/Landscapes’, oil/acrylics/photography
Cases: Sea to Sky Potters Guild, ‘Raku’, pottery
|November 28 – January 1
Artisan Holiday Celebration
Artisan Displays, Live Music, Art Demos, baking!
Friday December 1st, 1 – 5pm
Saturday December 2nd, 10am to 4pm
Sunday December 3rd, 10am to 3:30pm
|Walls: Maureen Brown, oil paintings
Cases: Group Show Artisan Shop, mixed media
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 2017/2018 season.
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