This story is part of a feature that first appeared in print in Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine’s March 2023 issue. Read the entire e-edition here:
The Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre welcomes its new art gallery exhibition featuring work by art residency participants from a unique program, two expressive artists living on Vancouver Island, a sculpture artist from New Denver and an interactive community project.
On March 9, the RVAC will host an opening celebration for the new exhibition, which will be in the gallery until April 2. New for this opening event is a quiet viewing that will take place before the celebration. The viewing will be relaxed and quiet, with tea and light music playing in the background. The social will have live music, a bar, and generally a bigger crowd.
Parks Canada partners with the RVAC, bringing work from their artist residency program, Art in the Park, to the main gallery. Since 2008, the Art in the Park program has provided visual artists with special access to explore one of Canada’s national parks and share their experiences through art. The gallery will feature work from the nine established artists that participated in the competitive residency program in 2022: Thomas Kero, Paule Poulin, Stuart Arnett, Hayley Stewart, Remi Goguen, Jolene Mackie, Margaret Blank, Nicole Barrette, and Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki.
In the side gallery, artists Sarah Hill David and Halima Rogers explore and foster connection through playful, exploratory art-making. The Vancouver Island-based artists will paint sequentially in closest connection to furthest apart, both physically and thematically.
In Side Gallery Two, Roni Jurgensen from New Denver, B.C. will display work centred around an ethereal kinetic sculptural installation, which moves with a breeze.
Side Gallery 3 will be an interactive community project where visitors will be able to get hands-on and crafty with some wool. This will be a fun, family-friendly activity. Everyone is encouraged to stay a while.