THIS MONTH AT THE FOYER GALLERY:
September 6th – October 3rd, 2016
Artists’ Reception: October 3, 6-8pm
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
By Toby Jaxon
Foyer Gallery Curator
Transformation… No Fear!
Two Sunshine Coast artists present a myriad of paintings in a meld of mediums.
Abstract fusion artist Charly Mithrush uses contrast between components to emphasize divergence in her curiosity peeking pieces that shroud images from plain view, enticing a search to find the tale. In this latest series, stories thrive in combinations of found objects such as old books, photos or images and contrast them with the abstract, and in the juxtaposition of: old and new; soft and hard edges; and light with dark acrylics.
“Presently I am using all I have learned to date and mixing it up. Taking a photo from my photo morgue or ephemera and transferring it on a textured surface I create from plaster, encaustic or gel medium…using charcoal, oil sticks, resins. All in the mix so to speak,” she says of her art exploration, “Inspirations come from old peeling paint, aged patinas beautiful colours of lichen on a tree or brick building. Architecture and …other artists work.” Influenced by her commercial artist father/mentor, Mithrush developed an early passion for many art forms but feels that the past 8 years have been the most experimental time in her evolving journey, the search to find her art voice.
In the studio, her active creative process starts with the layering, and the application of textures or colours followed by a nurture period where Mithrush lets the painting sit for a time. Then she turns it, studies it, and adds to it until she sees the direction it needs to take. “This can flow quickly, or take days to come to fruition…I don’t really think about where I am heading, I try to be more in the moment of creating. I am not sure what medium will peek my curiosity next, or how far I can push the ones I am using now, so growth is ongoing,” she says.
Meandering Mithrush is passionate about beach combing, sports, family, friends, art gallery walks, travel, old photos, films, and ‘gunkholing’ in vintage shops.
Modern industrial artist Donna Stewart uses building finishes and construction materials to create complex concrete and surprising colourful abstract paintings. Given the properties of this more obscure medium, the palette is typically warm, earthy and comforting with fine texture begging for a closer look.
Not afraid of change, Stewart has been a creator for a long time but has switched mediums from her early work in pottery and papermaking to painting, which she has been doing for about 15 yrs. Stewart describes her artful progression, “I started using acrylics originally and have recently (about 3yrs ago) switched to cement and acid stains. Exploration is my key right now and with a new medium you have to go for it.” Her creative process starts with a loose guideline inspired by things that she sees all around: lines, colours and textures. Then she allows the painting to evolve and admits, “If it changes direction so be it!”
Living on the Sunshine Coast, Stewart is also passionate about staying active and socializing with good friends.
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. 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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