This story is part of a feature that first appeared in print in Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine’s September 2022 issue. Read the entire e-edition here:
Exhibition Opening Celebration
September 15, 2022
Artists: Brett Mallon (Main Gallery), Delree Dumont, Darian Goldin Stahl, Keely Halward. The exhibition runs from September 15 – October 9 at the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre.
Brett Mallon’s work contemplates the psychological processes that bond and alienate us from nature. With this in mind, he often engages with questions surrounding colonialism. More specifically, he looks at the colonial role in abstracting our perceptions in relation to the natural environment.
Darian Goldin Stahl
Darian Goldin Stahl is an American printmaker, bookmaker, and health researcher currently based in Kelowna, Canada. Darian holds Canada’s most distinguished postdoctoral appointment, a SSHRC Banting Fellowship, at the University of Northern British Columbia’s Northern Medical Program. Her postdoctoral project, Embodied Books: Binding Together Illness, Art, and Learning, equips intrepid bookmakers with the materials and know-how to communicate their lived experiences of illness and disability to medical learners through their handmade books. Darian graduated with distinction from Concordia University’s Humanities Ph.D. Program in 2021, where she held Canada’s most prestigious graduate award, a SSHRC Vanier Scholarship. Her dissertation, “Book as Body: The Meaning- Making of Artists’ Books in the Health Humanities,” investigates how artists’ books can become multi-sensory objects of lived experience on the topics of illness, disability, health, and wellbeing.
Delree Dumont is a proud member of Onion Lake Cree Nation and has been a full-time artist since 2014. She’s passionate about creating meaningful art, teaching and providing experiences that awaken and inspire our spirit!
Keely Halward is a Canadian abstract painter living in rural BC, Canada, in the “unincorporated” community of xwesam/ stelkaya, Roberts Creek on the Sunshine Coast. Her most recent solo exhibition, This Is No Time For A Muted Palette, was painted during the pandemic and was held at The Kube in Gibsons in 2021. Influenced heavily by her life spent along coastal shorelines and mountain ranges, Keely’s Mountain Moon series uses layers of washes with vibrant colours to depict round ‘portals’ to alternate landscapes and realities.
Annual general meeting
The gallery’s 2022 AGM is coming up, and all members are invited to attend. This will be our first in-person meeting without capacity restrictions since 2019, and we are excited to invite everyone to get to know their fellow members and have their say as a member on how to make our non-profit organization thrive. Not a member? Become one today!
The Revelstoke Visual Arts Society Board of Directors and the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre Executive Director will be meeting and greeting all members in the main gallery, with the AGM starting at 7 p.m.
The Society is accepting member nominations for board positions and, if required, will hold a vote at the AGM. If you or someone you think would compliment our current board of directors, then please send in a nomination to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exhibition opening celebration
Artists: Lacey Jane Wilburn (Main Gallery). Sayge Fisher, Marie Moose, Radhika Bhoite. The exhibition runs from October 20 – November 20.
Lacey Jane Wilburn
Lacey Jane is a contemporary artist most notable for her work as a muralist and oil painter. Specializing in narrative portraiture, Wilburn’s work pulses with raw authenticity — intimate glimpses into moments of sincerity and vulnerability dictated by a refined hand and an impulsive one. Wilburn studied Fine Art at the University of Grant MacEwan in Edmonton from 2007-2009 and graduated Concordia University with Great Distinction in 2016 after completing studies abroad at L’Ecole d’Enseignement Sup.rieur d’art de Bordeaux in France in 2015. In 2010, she formed the urban art duo LALA (Lacey And Layla Art) who have created over 100 murals across Canada, as well as in Honduras, France, Uganda and Iceland. She has participated in over 40 exhibitions since 2009 and was the recipient of the Yves Gaucher Prize in Studio Arts in 2016, the D. L. Stevenson Colour Scholarship for Academic Excellence in 2014, the Francis Henderson Klingle Scholarship for Fine Art, The Barbara and John Poole Family Endowed Fund for the Arts, and the Jason Lang Scholarship for Excellence in 2009.
Handstitched Embroidery using Upcycled Fabric. Each of Sayge Fisher’s hoops is hand drawn and stitched from original designs; inspired by the gorgeous unceded traditional territories of the K’.moks , Nuu-chah-nulth, Tla-O-Qui-Aht, Secwepemc, Ktunaxa, Syilx and Sinixt First Nations in which she was raised. Pieces can be ordered as entirely unique commissions based on personal significant scenery or memorabilia.
After working as a graphic designer for nearly a decade, Marie Moose stepped away from the computer and started to seek a different way to express creativity and work with her hands. She found a new passion in acrylic painting and farming in beautiful Revelstoke, B.C.
“I’ve been very lucky to meet incredible artists who are supporting me and inspiring me to create. I recently joined the Art First Gallery downtown Revy as a full-time partner, and I’m currently working on my first solo show at the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre.”
Radhika Bhoite is an artist born and raised in India and currently working in the USA. She moved to the USA in 2014 to pursue her lifelong passion for fine art and has been honing her skills since then. Bhoite first trained at art centers in Raleigh, NC, and then with the Studio Art faculty at the College of William & Mary from 2017–2019. In the summer of 2018, she completed the Arbor Vitae Painting Marathon at the New York Studio School (NYSS). Bhoite’s work derives inspiration from memories and experiences of her home country and her new home.
Weekend artist seminar with Pennylane Shen
The Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre is proud to announce a weekend Artist Seminar with Vancouver-based art consultant, curator and educator Pennylane Shen. Since 2006, Pennylane’s company Dazed and Confucius has offered one-on-one consultations to over 1000 artists each year in addition to business development seminars to audiences worldwide.
More details will be announced closer to the date, so make sure you follow the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre on social media or join the mailing list to find out more!
Winter art market opens
The market runs from December 1-23, 2022. Every December, the RVAC gallery is transformed into Revelstoke’s only month-long market. This market is the perfect opportunity to find local, handmade gifts for your loved ones this holiday season. Volunteer Ken Talbot’s infamous wood worked reindeer will be making another appearance this year. Whether you collect one a year or gather them all at once, these little reindeer are the locals’ way of decorating the home and supporting the local food bank. With a huge selection of pottery, prints, jewellery, homewares, toys, and more, there’s a good chance you can find something for everyone at this year’s Winter Art Market.
Make sure you follow the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre on social media or join the mailing list to stay up to date with upcoming workshops and classes. We offer a range of workshops for all ages, with classes regularly selling out. Don’t miss out!