New Abstract Painting exhibition opens at the Lake Country Art Gallery

The Lake Country Art Gallery is pleased to present “They Tell You Where to Go – an exhibition of abstraction” with work by local Okanagan artists Kara Barkved, Robert Dmytruk and Heidi Thompson from January 14th to February 27th, 2015.

Abstraction is both the easiest and most difficult of art forms. The results sometimes elicit a “I can do that” response. But those with a deeper understanding of the creative process know that abstraction calls for something more from its artists: surrender, careful listening, call and response.

“They Tell You Where To Go” showcases the work of three abstractionists, each with their own unique approach.

Heidi Thompson, is an artist based in Vernon, who is interested in the vibration of colour. She creates large painting with fields of undulating colour, that when you stand close enough, all you can see is colour. There is also a meditative aspect to Thompson’s work, both in the making and in viewing them. To make her work, Thompson is required to be an excellent listener; breath and fine attunement is essential.

Summerland artist Robert Dmytruk has been refining the vocabulary of his abstract works for years now – it reflects on the identity of the land near Wabamum Lake, which is located one hour west of Edmonton. Certain motifs and icons keep coming up again and again. Dmytruk’s use of colour is bright and whimsical. For this exhibition, the works fall in and out of the three primary colours – red, yellow and blue. Dmytruk carves away at his paintings, following where they lead and discovering new ground along the way.

Kara Barkved is an artist also based in Vernon. Her work is about exploring the unseen connections between things. Magnified to infinity, our world is just a bunch of atomic structures. Barkved paints at all different levels of looking simultaneously – up close, far away, sub-atomic, etc. Her colour and line work is bold, subtle and lively.

The combination of the work of these three artists presents a wide array of the various forms abstraction can take – this are only 3 approaches of millions.

“They Tell You Where To Go” opens on Wednesday, Jan 14th from 6 – 8pm, with the artists in attendance for the opening reception. On Saturday, January 31st at 3pm the public is invited to join us for an artist talk and discussion with all three artists. Learn more about their painting process, the history of their work and hear them speak to the work in the exhibition in person.

Other LCAG news:  The call for submissions for our annual members’ exhibition is now open. Please visit our website for details. Submissions are to be dropped off Feb 25th – 27th at the gallery.

EVENTS & DEADLINES AT A GLANCE:

“They Tell You Where to Go – an exhibition of abstraction” Kara Barkved, Robert Dmytruk and Heidi Thompson runs from January 14th to February 27th, 2015

Opening Reception: “They Tell You Where to Go – an exhibition of abstraction” Kara Barkved, Robert Dmytruk and Heidi Thompson OPENS Wednesday Jan 14th, 2015 from 6 – 8pm – artists in attendance.

ARTIST TALK – On Saturday, January 31st at 3pm the public is invited to join us for an artist talk and discussion with all three artists. This event is free and open to the public.

2015 Members’ Exhibition CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – please visit lakecountryartgallery.ca for details. Work to be dropped off at the gallery Feb 25th – 27th.

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