THIS MONTH AT THE FOYER GALLERY:
February 5th – March 4th, 2019
Walls & Cases: Kristy Turney of Scandinavia Wolf Designs,
‘Black, White & Natural’,
Jewellery for Your Walls – blanket swings, wood ladders & paintings
along with Valentine inspired jewellery
For the Love of Art
Minimalist artist Kristy Turney of Scandinavia Wolf Designs presents her latest collection of jewellery, art and home décor in a wonderfully calming style that reflects the inherent beauty of Squamish and the west coast. Turney’s ‘natural material’ creations are omnipresent in the Foyer Gallery. Fitting for a February display, you will find Valentine’s Day inspired hand-made necklaces, bracelets and earrings using natural gemstones, pearls, precious metals, leather and reclaimed wood. On the walls, take in the acrylic paintings with yarn details, a reclaimed wood decor ladder and a tree-tier blanket/towel swing along with what Turney has coined ‘Jewellery for Your Walls’ made from fallen branches and other combined elements like wool, leather and gemstones.
Turney’s inspiration behind this exhibit is Hygge. Hygge (pronounced hue-guh) is a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment. “My artwork, home decor and jewellery are all inspired by this concept. Describing my creative process is difficult because it comes from a combination of my own energy and the energy of the materials that I use. To be honest the process is somewhat mysterious even to me until it starts to take shape. I’m learning now that my best work comes about when I’m connecting with the mediums and their energies I’m working with. I am trying my best to stay present and mindful so that I can allow the natural beauty of the materials, that I’ve been drawn to use, to meld together with my own energies,” she says. Turney is interested in the Hygge concept, recognizing something that had previously been more subconscious and now embraces it more consciously, particularly because she of her Scandinavian descent.
Turney’s wide variety of finished pieces can all be described as understated with natural flow. She combines contrasting elements in a minimalist colour palette and utilizes natural elements — mostly wood, stone, wool and leather. Her paintings often involve smooth colour gradients or subtle texture amidst stark distinct neutrals or shades with unexpected textural embellishments of yarn that has been hand stitched into the canvas. Turney’s daydreamer pieces combine the symmetry of a perfect circle and the intersecting lines are contrasted by a natural wood piece, often twisted or asymmetrical.
Turney has been casually creating art and designing since she was young. Five years ago she launched Scandinavia Wolf Designs, facilitating her current focused and dedicated artistic experience. Recently her husband joined her business full-time. “We already collaborate a great deal on home decor items (like driftwood decor ladders and other small home furnishings) as well, Jeff creates a lot of finely detailed wooden elements which I combine into one of a kind jewellery pieces,” says Turney who admits that her style has changed over the years, “My jewellery has evolved a great deal and continues to do so with every season. I’ve been told I have a sixth sense for future trends and often find my designs are leading ahead of what I see out in the world.”
Turney has many passions but at the top of her list are all that include the great outdoors such as camping, swimming, hiking, and exploring the woods — especially if it means she might, by chance, find that special branch or stone! She also loves to travel other parts of the world and finds inspiration in different cultures.
Turney is looking to start doing larger pieces and welcomes collaborative ideas for custom commissions. She is inspired by architecture, open spaces, subtle details along with comfort, home, and warmth.
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 for future juried exhibitions in the Foyer Gallery at the Squamish Public Library. We are booking now for the 2018/2019 season.
Artist’s request for displaying artwork is available at the Squamish Public Library or download the form here. Artists accepted for exhibition must sign a contract and pay the gallery fee to secure their exhibition. Selected artists will be contacted well in advance of their show dates.
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