New exhibit explores Shuswap landscapes

Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre to showcase two new exhibits - one on gardens and the other by trio of Shuswap artists

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Revelstoke art lovers will be treated to two new shows this summer, starting this Friday.

The side gallery will feature the work of a trio of artists from the Shuswap. Lazuline features Lisa Figueroa, Linda Franklin, and Tracey Kutschker, who for  the past five years have collaborated to explore their love of nature and the familiar landscapes of home.

Throughout the process, they’ve each discovered that the landscape embraces them, whether it be the vision of Mt. Ida revealing herself after a turn on the Trans Canada Highway, or the smell of fir trees upon arriving home from work in the downtown core of Salmon Arm.

“The concept of exploring the same scene through three diverse styles has evolved from a desire to share creative processes, to searching for their visceral purpose, their raison d’être,” reads a release from the gallery. “Abandoning the safety and isolation of individual studios, they were challenged to coalesce their artistic visions by using a triptych format, and have maintained their specific style while communicating their own version of place.”

Lazuline’s canvases combine to depict landscapes untouched by urbanization, destruction and neglect. Memory and idealism subtly enter into a composition, telling the viewer that what we remember is sometimes more important than what is real.

The main gallery will feature the exhibit Celebrating Gardens. As the name indicates, this members show is a celebration of all things gardens.

The exhibits run from July 10 to August 28. Opening night is Friday, July 10, from 6–9 p.m.

Later this month, on Saturday, July 25, the RVAC will be hosting a grand opening for its new outdoor space and garden. The revamped exterior includes a community garden, xeriscape garden, pathways and more. It improves the green space between the gallery and Victoria Road. The grand opening coincides with the third annual Art & Garden Tour.