Executive director of the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre (RVAC) addresses the crowd at RVAC during the Anything Goes fundraiser in February. A new show is set to open at RVAC on May 4 that will focus on the local environment. (Jake Sherman/Revelstoke Review)

The environment the focus of new show at Visual Arts Centre

The show will run from May 4 to May 25

The Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre’s (RVAC) second show of the season is set to open on May 4, and the focus of each of the centre’s four galleries will be the environment.

Kate Shea, RVAC administrative assistant, said she is looking forward to seeing Fierce Art: the Columbia Valley — Our View, which will be showing in the main gallery, and feature about ten local artists.

“It should be a really interesting and different kind of show,” said Shea. “It’s a whole group and there will be watercolour, acrylic, sculpture, and a number of media.”

The fierce art project grew out of a drawing class with members coming to expand their skills. Member Jo C Willems, says the group has grown to become much more than just a class over the last number of years.

The local artist says their weekly meetings have forced each of them to dig deeper in their own artistic practice, and to experiment with their respective media.

“Over the last two years we have urged each other to stretch our boundaries, provided positive critique, and helped one another find solutions to creative problems,” writes Willems on her website.

In addition to the Fierce Art collective show, Arrow heights grade five, six and seven students will be showcasing a year long project entitled Wetland Wonders in gallery one.

The project had them pick a wetland bird species and study them, working with local artist Tina Lindegaard to find creative ways of expressing their knowledge.

Lindegaard started working with children from Arrow Heights for the first time three years ago. She said to the Review then that she learned as much, if not more than the students.

Val Speer’s: soul summits will show in gallery two, and Karren Millard’s the Strange Places I find in beauty will be on display for viewers in gallery three.

The exhibit will run at RVAC from May 4 until May 25, and the opening reception runs from 6 to 9 p.m.

The fierce art project is composed of Catherine Craig, Debbie Loewen, Karen Millard, Elaine Baird, Jo C Willems, Leah Allison, Mazi Ozero, Susan Lind, Trish Hartwick, and Charise Fulnovic.


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