Artists explore change and movement in the latest exhibition at the Revelstoke Visual Art Center – Revelstoke Review
Painter Jessa Gilbert said it wasn’t until she moved to BC from Vermont that she really understood what it was to be in the wild, and that understanding is now evident on her latest show.
Gilbert’s exhibition Flux at the Revelstoke Visual Art Center explores change and movement.
âIt’s about looking back on these natural elements to gain a foothold and find beauty in transition,â she said.
All but two of the paintings in the exhibition were created in the elements or based on a sketch Gilbert made during an adventure.
âWe miss a lot when we take photos,â she says. “A photo may exist in a few seconds of that day, while when you sit there and watch the cloud movement and the sunrise and autumn you have a different feel for the feeling.”
Gilbert studied studio art and art history at university and planned to draw on them when she was old and washed up and no longer a semi-pro snowboarder.
“It turns out it’s old and broken, like 23,” she said with a laugh.
A severe knee injury kept her away from the hinterland and she turned to painting. Art became a way of exploring the landscape.
As she healed, her two loved ones came together. She found herself looking at the mountains with the curiosity of an adventurer and an artist. She wondered where is the next ridge going? How are the forms arranged? What’s the color scheme here? How would you present it?
“I hope that the pieces become a catalyst to experience nature for its own sake or to see how special and important it is and how much we have to work for it,” she said.
Another artist currently exhibiting at the gallery, Meagan Oxford studied art in London, Ontario. She also had an awesome moment when she reached the mountains by train in 2011.
“I knew I had found my home,” she said.
During her school days she painted figures: animals and women. This evolved into her painting environment when she moved to BC
The mountains are so majestic, I have to pay homage to them, she said.
Oxford spends the summers painting in her studio and the winters she runs the bar at Revelation Lodge. She described it as a good balance between seclusion to create art and socializing.
“I’ve only made art for a couple of years,” she said. “But I found that I stopped calling my friends and it got a little depressing.”
Although she makes part of her life with art, she said that money never affects her art.
“My love of painting trumps everything, in the end I don’t care if people like it or not because that’s what I have to do at the end of the day to make my soul happy,” she said.
Inspired by Degas
Sandra Floods exhibition is the third currently on display at the Revelstoke Visual Art Center in September.
What began as a piece for the members’ exhibition “Inspired by …” developed into a collection of paintings depicting the Royal Ballet in London.
“For me it was an exciting journey into another life and a lifesaver during this pandemic,” Flood wrote in her artist talk.
Flood was inspired by Edgar Degas, who lived from 1834-1917 and painted the dancers of the Paris Opera House.
Wherever he could see the dancers live, however, Flood relied on videos. She created sketches from the videos and transferred them to the canvas with the help of a grid.
âAs soon as the sketch has been transferred to the canvas, I add thin areas of color to clarify the shapes and positions of the dancers and to get an overall view of the painting. From then on, it’s a matter of refinement by referring to the video to get more details, correct the color, redraw and rebuild to add weight and dimension to the dancers, âshe said.
Until October 1st, you can see the work of Flood, Gilbert and Oxford at the Revelstoke Visual Art Center. The gallery is open from Wednesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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