This is one of two large paintings by Merv and Shayne Brandel that will be among the pieces shown at TOSH for their family’s group exhibit,, starting Oct. 2. — Submitted by Merv Brandel

Group exhibit in Qualicum Beach a family first for Brandels

Local family showing paintings, photos at TOSH

The Brandel family artists are bringing a range of artwork to TOSH in October with their first-ever group showing that features two unique father-and-son works.

The family exhibit, made up of pieces by local artists Merv (father) and Dawne Brandel (mother), as well as their adult children Shayne and Jaime Brandel, has been a while in the making, said Merv.

“We sort of jumped at the chance, because we’ve been thinking about it for a while, and it was just time to do it,” he said.

The show will have paintings by Merv, Dawne and Shayne, whose styles range from hyper-realism to semi-abstract, said Merv. For Jaime, the show will be the first in which her photography is displayed in a gallery setting.

Perhaps the largest pieces in the show will be two, 11-foot paintings done by both Merv and Shayne.

The pair began working on the first of them without any idea of what they might eventually create, Merv said.

“We started just painting abstract shapes,” he said. They eventually found of a photo of an elephant swimming underwater and chose that as a focus, with Merv applying his hyper-realistic style to draw and paint it.

“And then Shayne (who paints in a semi-abstract style) came along and he started putting abstract forms over top of the elephant and on the elephant,” Merv explained.

Midway through, each artist’s attention bled into the other’s style, with Merv working on the squares and stripes and other shapes in the painting, and Shayne working on the realistic parts.

What came out was a unique combination of the two, with a cooler palette on the realistic side, and a warmer, more colourful palette for the abstract portions.

The second large painting would focus on a carousel.

“We’re all over the place,” said Merv with a chuckle.

The exhibition runs from Oct. 2 to 28 at TOSH in Qualicum Beach, with an opening reception taking place Wednesday, Oct. 4 starting at 2 p.m.

For more information, go to www.theoldschoolhouse.org/.

Send news tips to:

adam.kveton@pqbnews.com

Just Posted

QB Triathlon is on Sunday

Around 500 tri-athletes expected at 21st annual competitition

Riding to raise money

Horse enthusiasts can take part in a ride to raise money for therapeutic riding association

Royals fail to play Cards right

The Save-on-Foods Parksville Royals wilted in the heat on Sunday, dropping both… Continue reading

SOS Thrift Shop to expand parking lot

The busy thrift shop on Hirst Avenue will go from 31 to 53 parking spaces

KD Air offers subsidized flights for medical travel

Qualicum Beach’s KD Air, in conjunction with the Province of B.C., is… Continue reading

VIDEO: Paddle unveiling at Ballenas on National Indigenous Peoples Day

The NEWS speaks with the carver from Qualicum First Nation

Vancouver Canucks tab Quinn Hughes with No. 7 overall pick in NHL draft

University of Michigan standout was second defenceman picked in first round

Gun, drugs and cash seized in arrest of alleged B.C. fentanyl dealer

Vancouver Island man Brent Connors is facing nine charges in relation to investigation

Jogger spent two weeks in U.S. detention centre after accidentally crossing B.C. border

Cedella Roman, 19, crossed the border while out for a run

PHOTOS: Police rescue baby seal found on rocky B.C. shoreline

Marina Mammal Rescue Centre recommends residents observe from a distance

B.C. woman with severely disabled son keeps getting parking tickets

‘There has to be something they could do’

Man brandishes axe during robbery

Mounties were able to locate the suspect within two hours of the incident

‘Creep off’ reporting system aims to track street harassment in Metro Vancouver

Text-based hotline launches to collect public reports on where and when harassment occurs

Happy ending for orphaned bear cubs

Two orphaned bear cubs were captured in Castlegar and sent for rehabilitation.

Most Read