THIS MONTH AT THE FOYER GALLERY:
October 31 – November 27, 2017
Walls: Mo Rainbow, ‘Landscapes, Fruits, Flowers & Families in the Park’,
oil & acrylic paintings
Cases: Sea to Sky Potters Guild, ‘Raku’,
Engaged Artistic Activity
Enjoying the challenge of tackling difficult pieces, Mo Rainbow considers herself an eclectic artist, absorbing something new each time she completes a painting. This exhibit demonstrates a journey of wisdom, a potpourri of old and new landscapes, large still-life fruits & flowers, and families in the park.
Working in both oils and acrylics, Rainbow has been interested in art since childhood but took a long break from painting as she raised her family and followed her career as a teacher and school principal. Since retirement she has enjoyed taking up painting again but she still considers family (especially her grandchildren) her leading passion.
Rainbow’s art creations at school and university tended to be surrealistic and those early paintings usually reflected discussions about issues of the time. Though Rainbow’s paintings are now more diverse, there is still a hint of surrealism – for example, the lack of shadows in some of the works.
Her move to Furry Creek from the lower mainland has inspired paintings that encapsulate the breathtaking beauty of this area. Rainbow’s goal has been trying to capture the wonderful images provided by Nature. Additionally, Rainbow has introduced some humour and sensuality in her series of large, colourful fruit. Her theme of Families in the Park came from admiring the style of a Malaysian artist, hence creating a stimulation for Rainbow’s focus on families enjoying themselves in their homes. Rainbow is looking to pursue this more as well as continue to model the incredible beauty of her surroundings.
Rainbow appreciates working mainly in oils due to creamy texture and ‘blend-ability’, but she challenges herself to improve her mastery of acrylics, a medium she finds difficult at times, to practice a quicker process in her busy life. For over a year now, Rainbow and her husband have been breeder caretakers for an amazing PADS dog named Gunner.
In the display cases the Sea to Sky Potters’ Guild present ‘Raku’ vases, vessels, bowls, wall discs and lamps created by five of the guild’s ceramicists: Kay Austen, Andrea Hoff, Denise Hughes, Sandra Hutchison and Kathleen Tennock. Raku –meaning comfort, ease or enjoyment– is a firing process developed in Japan in the sixteenth century A.D. Bisqued ware is put into a hot kiln using tongs and fast fired to a temperature between 850 and 1000 degrees Celsius. Pieces are then removed from the kiln with tongs and the surface treated in a number of ways:
Horsehair Raku is the simplest form of Raku firing. A red-hot piece is pulled from the kiln and set on a heat proof brick. A variety of combustible materials are then placed on its surface: horse hair, feathers, sugar, even human hair, which will all leave a decorative carbon mark.
Obvara Raku or Baltic Raku originated in Eastern Europe in the 12th century. It is a primitive method of sealing a pot’s surface for cooking. The red-hot piece is plunged into a solution or ‘brew’ of water, flour, yeast and sugar which has been mixed 3 days prior to the firing. The brew splatters and burns as it comes into contact with the pot’s surface, giving a variety of textures and patterns, and colours ranging from black, grey, brown, tan and white.
Naked Raku was invented in the U.S.A. in the 20th century. The bisqued pot is coated with a thick slip (a mixture of clay and water). It is then placed in the hot kiln and fired. When it reaches temperature, it is plunged into a container lined with newspaper or other combustible materials. The slip cracks on cooling, allowing the smoke to penetrate to the pot’s surface below. When the slip is removed a pattern of lines and dots emerges.
Established in 2003, the guild’s mission is to grow the art of ceramics and provide opportunities for ceramic artists in the Sea to Sky community by providing a forum for potters to learn, share resources and develop their art by connecting with other clay artists. The group hosts workshops, public events and community projects to showcase work and to raise awareness of local potters and the art of ceramics.
Guild members’ pieces are featured at the B.C. Potters` Guild Gallery and Circle Craft on Granville Island, Bizarre Bazaar in Whistler and many other galleries, retail outlets and seasonal art and craft fairs in B.C. and beyond.
Exhibit runs October 31st – November 27th, 2017
Upcoming Foyer Gallery Shows
|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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