The works of art inspired by Agathe Bernard’s photograph (centre). ~ Photo by Alex Cooper, Revelstoke Review

Photos provide diverse inspirations for artists

Four new exhibits on display this month at Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre

It was the sense of movement that inspired Jacqui Palmer.

A potter, Palmer chose to interpret a photo of a cascading waterfall by Ronan Redel for the exhibit Five Times Five, which opened at the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre last Friday and is on display until September. 22.

What she came up with was a work that showed an eagle swooping down on a school of fish.

“I liked the way there was movement in the picture. Right away I saw the eagle,” she said.

The eagle is the most striking element of her work. It’s not in the photo, but Palmer saw it emerging from the top of the cascade.

“I’ve seen a lot of wildlife in the forest and it’s always kind of there. You really have to stare at it to see it,” she said. “That’s just how the wildlife appears to me — it’s always there, but you have to look carefully. I saw that eagle almost immediately when I saw that picture.”

Palmer created her piece using paper clay, a new form created in New Zealand. She used broken pieces of pottery to form the shapes, and some broken bowls to create flower dishes at the bottom that are planted with orchids.

The Five Times Five exhibit pairs up five photographers with 25 artists. The artists all met together and selected their most inspiring of the five images, then set about creating a work of art. Photos were contributed by Mas Matsushita, Agathe Bernard, Natalie Harris, Jason Keerak and Redel.

Matshushita’s photo was of a sand dollar he found on a beach in Cuba. He placed it on a black shirt and used the natural sunlight coming through his window to illuminate the subject. The result is part of the sand dollar is hidden in the shadows.

“I really like the interpretations that people did — everything from the cloth to the pottery. I think they did a great job,” he said. “That’s the one nice thing about the Five Times Five — it’s open to whatever you think, whatever the image inspires you to do.”

Pauline Hunt based her contribution on a photo of a motion-blurred Prairie scene by Agathe Bernard. Using Photoshop, she created a multi-layered digital image evoking the bison that used to roam on the prairies in the millions.

“When I saw the photo and it was blurred, it seemed like it was a small piece of time, so that was my interpretation,” said Hunt. “I wanted to choose a piece of time on the prairies that was significant. I thought about how terrible it was, the eradication of the bison. There was millions of them, and now they’re down to the hundreds. I wanted to show that process time.”

Five Times Five is on display at the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre until September 22. Also showing are exhibits by Sarah Windsor, Trish Hartwick and the Revelstoke Potters Guild.


Jacqui Palmer’s work (in the background) was inspired by this photo by Ronan Redel. ~ Photo by Alex Cooper, Revelstoke Review

The Witch & the Warrior by Jamie & Jordan Kraus is part of the Revelstoke Potters Guild’s exhibit. ~ Photo by Alex Cooper, Revelstoke Review

Trish Hartwick’s exhibit has seemingly innocent looking paintings with dark undertones. ~ Photo by Alex Cooper, Revelstoke Review

Just Posted

From darkroom to jewellery studio

Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre welcomes new space for artists

What’s on for Welcome Week

Series of events are designed to welcome newcomers to Revelstoke

‘We want to find ways for people to thrive,’ says life coach

New free talk during Welcome Week will offer strategies to feel at home in Revelstoke

Last Stand explores plight of Mountain Caribou

Film runs away from easy answers, says associate producer

Revelstoke silversmith receives thank-you letter from 24 Sussex Drive

Arleigh Garratt’s snowflake earrings were gifted to Sophie Grégoire Trudeau during July visit

Video: Shuswap stars shine for Larch Hills

Competitors dance to the tune of $30,000 for the chalet expansion

Education minister blasts Chilliwack school trustee on gender issues

Fleming calls Neufeld’s behaviour ‘shameful’ and ‘unacceptable’

BC Transit buses to get safety door for drivers

These new full-length doors will be tested in Victoria, Kelowna and Abbotsford

‘Fresh eyes’ looking into three missing Cowichan Tribes men

First Nations want answers to their disappearances

Pedestrian hit moments after receiving safety reflector from police

The Vancouver Island man was treated for minor injuries by police at the scene

FortisBC LNG site exports first shipment of gas to China

The shipment is part of a pilot project that could see more exports in the future.

BC RCMP hunt for white SUV that rammed cruiser

Kamloops RCMP are looking for a white SUV headed north on the Yellowhead Highway

B.C. to reimburse methadone patients for taking clinic fees off welfare cheques

Provincial government agrees to pay back more than $5.5 million in deducted fees

Stiff fine for B.C. man caught trafficking bear parts

A Cache Creek resident was charged after an undercover sting operation by conservation officers

Most Read