Three new exhibitions are on display at the Old School House Arts Centre (TOSH) in Qualicum Beach.
The exhibits by the Vancouver Island Silk Painters, Halima Rogers and the 4H Photography Club will be on display until April 24.
The Vancouver Island Silk Painters’ group has members from Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Campbell River, Comox, Whiskey Creek, Nanaimo and Sidney. Silk painting is an ancient art that has existed for more than 6,000 years.
The members are proficient and confident in the use of their chosen medium, dye on silk. They have a grounding in techniques such as outlining with resist, together with experience of more contemporary techniques like indirect painting and layering.
Three group members have been accepted into the Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA) and two achieved FCA signature status with their silk paintings.
Unwrapped, by Rogers, is an expression of discovery, according to her artist statement.
“Just as one might unwrap a long-awaited gift, so the artist joyously unwrapped a love of painting and her answer to a lifelong ache,” the statement said. “This exhibit is the representation of Halima’s discovery of being an artist.”
Rogers is an abstract artist based on Vancouver Island. Her intuitive style of painting is informed by her sensations of daily life and her metaphorical interpretation of these experiences, according to her biography. In a layer-by-layer method, Rogers paints with deep attention to abstract composition and colour. Halima loves her family, morning coffee and a good dose of sarcasm.
Be Bold, by the 4H Photography Club, showcases the work of Aiden May, Coraline Maliteare, Danika Sosnowski, Elena Sales, Ella Ketterer and Janel van Dongen, who range in age from nine to 18 years old. The club’s exhibition explores what it means to be bold in photography.
The club involves youth aged nine to 19 in the Parksville Qualicum Beach area who share an interest in photography, communication, leadership and community service.
Members go on field trips, participate in local photography exhibits, and enjoy learning from the area’s many talented local photographers. Some members are brand new to photography, while others have more experience.
— NEWS Staff, submitted