Sept 11-October 4
Monika Sanft has been formalizing her self-directed art studies since 2000, taking coursework at Malaspina and Duranleau Printmaking Studios, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, and the Vancouver Academy of Art, where she pursued her interests in both classical drawing and painting, and mixed media. She has participated, for the past 3 years in Artists in Our Midst, and May of 2019 held a Solo Pop-Up Shop at VISUALSPACE Gallery.
As a self-taught, and intuitive photographer, this body of work entitled, “Constrict and Release“, was shot during the time of the pandemic lockdown. It captures a precious and much taken for granted city space, namely our neighbourhood alleys. It was during this time of constriction, that alleys provided a welcomed release.
13 Nov- 6 December
Sabine Simons - Painter
Sabine Simons was born near Leipzig, Germany. She has been calling Vancouver, BC her home since 1982. While she is primarily self-taught, Sabine has continually taken advantage of the many art-related resources available in the community. She works primarily in acrylics but has also explored encaustic painting as well as printmaking. Her main interest is in abstract painting through experimentation with a variety of media, paints, textures and colour.
“I work mostly in acrylic, for it allows me to work quickly and intuitively. How the work will unfold is not always immediately apparent. Applying many layers, scraping back, revealing previous layers, and occasionally employing other materials such as inks, pens, and pastels provides me with opportunities to create pieces that contain both static and dynamic elements.”
For as long as I can remember I have been engaged in art making. However since my retirement in 2015, I now have the gift of time and I enjoy being a full time artist. Currently my studio practice is primarily printmaking. I enjoy learning and discovering new techniques and processes in relief printmaking, collograph prints, and monotype prints. My work has been inspired by music, nature and human narratives.
Art and Art Education have both been passions all of my adult life. I have been inspired by the creativity of children and adult artists I have taught, which leads me to be playful with materials myself.
Jan22- Feb 14
Lauren Morris was born in Cape Town, South Africa. After completing Graphic Design at the Cape Technikon in South Africa, she pursued a career in the publishing field working for various magazines and book publishers.
Several years later, a keen drive to widen her creative scope, coupled with a penchant for travel initiated a trip to America. There she had the opportunity to continue with Graphic Design working for the American Chemical Society, while attending classes at the Corcoran School of Art, in Arlington, Virginia. It was there that she learn’t to work and explore the many options of Fine Art.
Following seven years of both academic and artistic accomplishments, she moved to Vancouver and was thrown into a world full of challenges: My art and my senses merged. Making art for me is like exploring a new country for the first time.
26 March - 18 April 2021
Jodie Blaney - Artist
Canadian landscape artist Jodie Blaney is an Active Member with the Federation of Canadian Artists and received visual arts training from Emily Carr University of Art & Design. Over the past decade, Jodieís unique painting style has won praise from art lovers who are drawn to her vibrant colours, rhythmical compositions and strong forms. Artistic influences include Canadian artists Lawren Harris, A. J. Casson and Emily Carr, and Cubist expressionism as reflected in the works of Picasso, Cezanne and Braque. Jodie was recognized as a ìTop Artist to Watch 2018î in the Summer issue of ArtTour International magazine. Her work is collected in Canada and abroad and sheís completed many private commissions. Jodie is a self-representing artist and paints from her home studio and gallery in Ladner, BC. Visitors welcome by appointment.
“I seek to move beyond realism when I capture my subjects. My work is highly stylized and whimsical, featuring bold colours and strong forms, and I draw largely on memory and imagination to freely express myself. In the studio, I seek to find the balance between energy and movement, stillness and quiet. In nature, I see these elements as ever-present. Creating tension and drama in each work is important. Tightly controlled compositions give way to energetic, ordered chaos, creating harmony and balance.”
4 June- 27 June
Beth Stewart - Painter
I am an abstract expressionist artist living in Vancouver on unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations with my three sons. I began abstract painting in 2013. Earlier in life, my art involved murals, stylized ink illustrations, and pencil life drawing and portraiture. In 1999, I studied New Media Studies at Vancouver Film School and subsequently worked as a new media artist and web designer before moving into academia. In 2018, I completed my PhD from the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia and am now a lecturer at Fairleigh Dickinson University where I teach about colonialism/imperialism, culture, slavery, gender, and social justice.
The exhibit works are part of a collection called “Aesthetics of Morality” in which painting is used as a methodology for navigating the complex ethical and emotional landscapes of inequality. These pieces are about my attempt to find rationale and emotional clarity as I bear witness to stories of broken morality in my academic work and personal life. Through the aesthetics of art, this collection represents a practice in seeing beyond narratives of suffering and victimhood to the beautiful possibilities of humanity.