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Three artists on display as new RVAC show opens this Friday

Keishia Treber, David Rooney, and Robin Wiltse displaying new works at the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre starting Fri, Sept. 13, at 6 p.m.

Revelstoke artist Keishia Treber will presenting a new show, Nature at it’s Finest, at the Revelstoke Visual Art Centre starting this Friday, Sept. 13.

Treber, who grew up in Revelstoke but now calls Kamloops home, will be displaying a series of new works utilizing a variety of styles. Here is how she described the show:

“The show is a collaboration of all Keishia Treber’s different painting styles in a nature theme. It is a celebration of color! She will be featuring a brand new collection of acrylic on glass abstractions now with landscape illustrations, mountain & tree gesture paintings, and of course her signature large landscape paintings! All Keishia’s work will be based on the surrounding area with lively colors and fun textures.”

In the side gallery will be David Rooney’s exhibit Trail of the Bear. Here’s his artist’s statement on his show:

“If you live in Revelstoke it’s impossible to not have a relationship with bears. Seen or unseen, they are the other residents of our community, mostly keeping to the trees and brush; occasionally making themselves known by poking around in search of food. Our bears are Revelstoke’s cultural icons. They appear on team jerseys, T-shirts and sweats, on public monuments and even as candy. I think it safe to say that we love bears — unless they’re a safety problem and then we deal with them swiftly. These images, I hope, reflect some of that public sentiment.”

Bear's End

Bear’s End, by David Rooney

The third exhibit on display is Felted Works by fibre artist Robin Wiltse from Kaslo. Wiltse creates colourful images by building up layers of dyed fleece on a wool base. She combines ancient wet felting techniques with new techniques that involve using needles. She has displayed her works in shows throughout the Kootenays. She writes:

“As an artist I observe and absorb color, inspired by the play of light and the spaces in between. Working with fibre I am drawn to the weightless, familiar and tactile luminosity of wool. I have been striving for control and detail with a single needle, entangling loose strands into patterns, forms and illustrations. I am building stories with layers, delighting in the harmonies and discords that occur in the relationships of colors. Wrestling in soapy water a painting of a million strands emerges, invoking memory and feeling. It is through this process, this art of felting, that I am able to be physically connected and sensitive to the unfolding of my art.”

Redwing blackbird

Redwing blackbird, by Robin Wiltse

The show runs from Sept. 13 to Oct. 4 at the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre. The opening is Friday, Sept. 13, at 6 p.m.

 

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