Revelstoke’s Jewelles Smith explores disabled motherhood through art in new exhibt

Photographer Kip Wiley, potter Jacqueline Palmer, and artists Jewelles Smith, Susan Lind and Kristin Lind display works at RVAC.

Artist Jewelles Smith and one of her pieces exploring disabled motherhood.

Artist Jewelles Smith and one of her pieces exploring disabled motherhood.

From macro photographs of snowflakes to paintings showcasing the realities of mothers who live with disabilities, the newest exhibitions at the Revelstoke Visual Art Centre are well worth a look.

Feminist artist Jewelles Smith’s exhibit “Mothering Dialogues: Visual interrogations”, began as a way for her to process the work she is doing for her PhD.w

“I discovered that every time I’d be reading theory I would get stuck somehow, and then I would go in front of my canvass and start painting. I started to realize that I was working through the complexity of theory and things that I was struggling with,” said Smith. “Before I knew it I suddenly had three pieces, then four, and I think now there is 14, but they’re not all in this exhibit. A number of them have sold actually.”

A total of 11 pieces are included in the exhibit, and will be used as part of Smith’s PhD work. Her methodology comprehensive exam will include explaining each of these pieces.

“When I actually get to the point of doing interviews with disabled mothers, which is what my work is on, I’m going to give women the opportunity to choose creative ways to tell their story,” said Smith.

“I’m just right now exploring how that will work at PhD level. I’m not the first person to do it, but it’s getting through the ethics is a lot more complicated with arts based methods.”

Local photographer Kip Wiley (pictured above) was also inspired to begin working on the pieces in his exhibit, although his inspiration came about in an entirely different way. His inspiration for “Seeking the Holy Grail” began after a day out skiing.

“Truthfully, I was skiing one day and stellars were falling from the sky and I was looking at them on my jacket, and I could see them,” he said. “I thought, ‘I’ve got to photograph them and see what happens.’ So I started and it just grew.”

He began photographing all types of snowflakes two winters ago, and said it was a bit of a learning curve.

“It’s a challenge because a lot of snow is not that interesting, a lot of crystals will fall broken, or they get blown around by the wind. So you really have to have good conditions for nicely formed snowflakes,” said Wiley. “Different snowflake types form at different humidity and temperature. The water will freeze in different patterns.”

There are also two other exhibits currently on display at the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre: Kristi and Susan Lind’s exhibit titled “Mother and Daughter” (pictured above), and Jaqueline Palmer’s exhibit “A Thousand and Two Wild Horses.”

All four exhibits are on display until Friday, Oct. 28. Visit for hours.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Before the pandemic, Rebecca Martin said she felt like the world was her oyster, but in the spring of 2020 the oyster snapped shut. According to Revelstoke’s Well-being survey results, the pandemic has been particularly hard on young people. (Contributed)
I ❤️ Revy: ‘Any sense of future and freedom I had was lost’

Revelstoke survey says youth age 18-25 were most impacted by COVID-19 restrictions

Court awards $150K to car crash victim near Revelstoke

The incident occurred in 2015 during a snowstorm on Highway 1

(Pixabay photo)
Morning Start: Kentucky has more bourbon than people

Your morning start for Thursday, May 6, 2021

A woman wears a face mask and shield to curb the spread of COVID-19 while walking in North Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
57 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health region

Thirty people in the region are in hospital, 16 of whom are in intensive care

Protesters attempt to stop clear-cutting of old-growth trees in Fairy Creek near Port Renfrew. (Will O’Connell photo)
VIDEO: Workers, activists clash at site of Vancouver Island logging operation

Forest license holders asking for independent investigation into incident

Allayah Yoli Thomas had recently turned 12 years old when she died of a suspected drug overdose April 15. (Courtesy of Adriana Londono)
Suspected overdose death of Vancouver Island 12 year old speaks to lack of supports

Allayah Yoli Thomas was found dead by her friend the morning of April 15

More than 6,000 camping reservations in British Columbia were cancelled as a result of a provincial order limiting travel between health regions. (Unsplash)
1 in 4 camping reservations cancelled in B.C. amid COVID-19 travel restrictions

More than 6,000 BC Parks campsite reservations for between April 19 and May 25 have been revoked

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

A screenshot of the pathway’s construction. (City of Kelowna)
Okanagan Rail Trail to be extended to downtown Kelowna waterfront

Construction of the pathway is scheduled to begin on Monday, May 10

B.C. average home price and sales level to 2023, showing steep drop in sales expected next year. (Central 1)
Forecast calls for B.C. home sales to ‘explode,’ then drop off

Average price to rise another 10% in 2021, credit unions say

Central Okanagan recorded 174 cases throughout the week of April 25 to May 1. (BCCDC/Contributed)
Weekly COVID-19 numbers continue to decrease in Central Okanagan

The Central Okanagan had 174 cases from April 25 to May 1

RCMP did not commit offense in arrest which seriously injured Lake Country man, finds IIO. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News/Stock)
Vernon police didn’t use excessive force in domestic takedown: Watchdog

‘One stepped on him and one had his knee in his neck,’ woman told IIO

Salmon Arm Silverbacks forward Sullivan Mack gets a boost into West Kelowna goalie Johnny Derrick from Warriors forward Tyson Jugnauth during West Kelowna’s 5-4 B.C. Hockey League pod play win Wednesday, May 5, at Vernon’s Kal Tire Place. (Tami Quan Photography)
West Kelowna Warriors hold on to edge Silverbacks

Warriors up three with five minutes to go, give up two late goals but end up with 5-4 BCHL win over Salmon Arm

Most Read