The Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre (RVAC) will be hosting a new exhibition Thursday (June 8), bringing in four new artists into the gallery.
After a month’s residency of the last exhibition, RVAC will host all new artists on Thursday. Jaqueline Palmer’s Ghost of the Caribou, Robbie McLaran’s The Great River of the West, Isaac Becker’s Patterns and Glyphs, and Sarah Hicks’ Cosmos out of Chaos were the main four artists in the gallery for the past month. Now, the gallery moves on to Halfmoon Woman Pat Bruderer, Shirley Liu, Willow Hopkins, and Hanna Dotzenroth from June 8 until July.
Halfmoon Woman (Pat Bruderer) will be in the main gallery of RVAC’s next exhibit. Bruderer’s show is called Biting Back: Our Cultural Resilience, which is a fitting title for Bruderer’s medium.
Bruderer’s art is the traditional Indigenous art form of birch biting, which is exactly as it sounds. Bruderer creates all the pieces by biting birch bark.
“While some art is made from the hand, this art is made with my teeth. Birch bark bitings are an imprint. Illumination and shadow, teeth and bark. A kaleidoscope of impressions from my life,” said Bruderer in the artist statement.
From large canvases to buffalo hides, from traditional clothing to traditional drums, Bruderer’s work takes many shapes and sizes.
Shirley Liu’s work will be in gallery one, bringing abstract realism, acrylic, and impressionism to the artist’s Incongruity exhibition.
“I started having some ideas floating about for “Incongruity” from a translated quote I heard from a while back by writer Kōtarō Isaka - “Unique animals are being protected; unique people are being isolated,” said Liu in the artist statement.
Liu’s work comes to Revelstoke from Golden, where the artist is based.
Willow Hopkins’s Soil to Sky exhibition comes to Revelstoke from Montreal, Que. Hopkins’ work takes on several different styles, including hyperrealism, micro landscapes, and flora and fauna.
Hopkins said the art is to highlight natural urban spaces that people in the city get to enjoy.
“The purpose of my current artwork is to shine a light on natural urban spaces, that although they do not have the vastness of a wild setting, still contain a world to be discovered and revered by city dwellers,” said Hopkins in the artist statement.
Hopkins’ work will be in gallery two.
Finally, Hanna Dotzenroth’s work will fill the third gallery. Dotzenroth’s Sitting in the Dirt show takes inspiration from the garden and brings it to the RVAC walls.
Dotzenroth credits the garden’s ‘predictable cycles’ for keeping them grounded through personal and social adversity.
“My gardening practice has integrated itself into my artistic practice, becoming a fundamental part of how I make and understand my own artwork and the world,” said Dotzenroth in the artist statement.
Dotzenroth is based out of Beaumont, Alta. Attendees can expect oil painting, figurative painting, and garden or grown-food-inspired artwork.
The new exhibitions will be available for viewing on Thursday (June 8) from 2 to 5 p.m. Those looking for a familiar social to accompany the opening can arrive at 5 p.m., with the social continuing on until 8 p.m. The social portion will have all the usual accoutrement, including drinks, live music, and some light refreshments. Admission is $5.