THIS MONTH AT THE FOYER GALLERY:
September 5th – October 2nd, 2017
Walls: Bob Brant, ‘Wonders of Salmon, Forest & Nature’, photography on metal & acrylic face mount
Cases: Lisa Elbertsen, ‘Pottery on Purpose’, pottery with wool & macramé pieces
Opening Reception: September 11th, 6-8pm
ArtWalks through the Forest
By Toby Jaxon, Foyer Gallery Curator
Brant takes advantage of the chance encounter, capturing serendipitous moments in nature, revealing the special magic of the setting. “While walking a local trail and coming across a salmon-spawning stream, I was struck by the incredible scene before me,” says Brant. He was transfixed by the salmon, as they valiantly manoeuvred against the current. Brant became mesmerized by the ripples in the stream’s current, conscientiously observing how nature had precisely provided the salmon with ideal camouflage in the rocks of the streambed. He reveals, “I couldn’t help but reflect on the tremendous effort the salmon made as they took this return journey and the important impact spawning salmon have on our eco-system.” Brant took this opportunity to develop a series of photographic images, salmon, mutually abstracted in their collective ecological disguise.
Brant has been involved in photography for many years. Early on he taught photography classes and photographed weddings, events and special occasions. Later, family life shifted his focus (excuse the pun) but photography has always remained a passion.
As with so many creative people, Brant continues on his quest to explore, discover, perfect and convey his artistic voice through photography.
Bob4brant@gmail.com Instagram: bob.squamish
Ceramic artist Lisa Elbertsen doesn’t want her pottery to sit on a shelf collecting dust! In the cases she presents ‘Pottery on Purpose’, turning chunks of clay into multi-use 3D objects such as mugs, plates, bowls and vases. Elbertsen finds solitude in the forest extracting inspiration for her simple designs, tactile textures and even the colours of her glazes — mainly blues and greens.
When Elbertsen first started doing pottery she was lured by the potter’s wheel and trying to figure out what people like. Now she has learned to have fun, trust her instincts and ‘play’ with clay for the simple pleasure of creating, providing an outlet, an escape from the busyness of everyday life. “It cleanses my soul and keeps me grounded“, she admits, “I quickly learned that me and the wheel do not get along and I much prefer hand-building. I start with a single slab of rolled out clay. I then add texture to the clay and cut out my pieces from templates I have been developing over the years.”
Living in North Vancouver in the 90’s, Elbertsen dabbled sporadically with clay but it wasn’t until she moved to Squamish in 2003 that her creativity really started to flourish. A few years later she set up a make shift studio in her garage equipped with a wheel, a kiln and homemade glazes. Then in 2010 she made the big commitment to have a real studio built on her property, complete with heat and big windows providing lots of natural light. Now Elbertsen has aspirations to purchase a larger kiln so that she can make even bigger beautiful and functional pieces!
This exhibit is part of the September long Squamish ArtWalk 2017. https://www.squamishvisuals.com/artwalk
Meet the artists at their opening reception on Tuesday, July 11th from 6 to 8pm at the Squamish Public Library.
Upcoming Foyer Gallery Shows
|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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