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‘Wings’ Exhibit Opens At Kariton Gallery
By Chantal Caron, Abbotsford Today.
On Sunday, Jan. 18 Kariton Gallery on Mill Lake opened the Wings Exhibit. Thirteen artists out of 40 applicants were chosen to exhibit their art. All 40 artistÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s work was worthy but space only allowed for these thirteen.
This is a common theme in Abbotsford. Executive Director of the Abby Arts Council, Judy Whyte says that we could use ten more Kariton Galleries.
Abbotsford’s population has a higher than usual number or artists per capita than most cities. This includes visual art, performance art, and all the clubs such as woodworking, photography, etc.
Art in Abbotsford is alive and well but must often exists in the artistsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ homes as there are not enough venues to teach or to exhibit. Some coffee shops and local businesses will exhibit local artists as well. An interesting way to view art.
We still need more space to accommodate the amazing talent that grows here. Whyte says that the last ten years have been the best in Abbotsford for the arts but that we still have a long way to go.The Reach Gallery provides a third of its space to local artists but is a venue for local, regional, national and international artists. Bringing art in from outside the area is essential for a balanced community, but this still leaves a lack of space for local artists.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“WingsÃ¢â‚¬Â, what a treat! From canvases of birds to a giant Dragon Fly, even a collage of photographic negatives arranged in the shape of wings, and a group of performing musicians the representation was eclectic at best.
Here are some pieces:
Artist Anne De Verteuil has four pieces on display. All I will say is that, in her work, she manages to make beauty out of depression. Her use of ‘everything’ depicts a dark journey that emerges into light.
I urge you to experience this piece, read the poems and feel its impact.Artist Lorena Krause explained that her piece Ã¢â‚¬Å“Lady of Faunasaints & OwletÃ¢â‚¬Â, elevates animals in society. The soft yet strong being is warm and powerful all at the same time. The effect is of respect and feeling protected and cared for.
Another piece by Lorena Krause Ã¢â‚¬Å“Flying MemoriesÃ¢â‚¬Â in an ingenious way of displaying photo negatives in the shape of flight.
There are so many wonderful exhibits that are not covered here, such as Photographer Craig CarmichealÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s treatment of a photograph made to look like an oil painting.
This exhibition is on for only three-and-a-half weeks (Jan. 18 – Feb. 11), so hurry and go and see it and I bet you will want to see it again.
All Photos: Chantal Caron, Abbotsford Today
For more on the Kariton Gallery click here.
2387 Ware Street
Abbotsford, B.C. V2T 6Z6