Three new exhibitions open at Gallery 2

The three exhibits showcase art through different perspectives

The above image is part of the “Lovely as a Tree” exhibition.

Precaution

There are many functions the artist performs in society, one of which is to see, record and comment on what we in our rushed lives so often miss.

This exhibition by photographer Florence Debeugny provides the opportunity to become the conscious one of the industrial and commercial world’s most iconic, often seen but rarely read, and yet subconsciously acted upon symbols – the plastic caution tape.

“In our daily lives, we are continually warned of places in which we must not be; they are considered dangerous, off-limits; they are where access is denied; they are areas around which we detour.

These photographs intend to lead viewers to examine the CAUTION we have imposed on our lives, the insidious creep of CAUTION in our lives, both in the moment and as we age, and how CAUTION ties our lives into knots,” Florence Debeugny says.

On the other hand, for some a CAUTION sign is an invitation to trespass. Like most cautionary tales, these tapes “have mid-life and end-life stages” and eventually succumb to the passage of time.

It might still be wise to pay heed. After all, you have been warned.

Faces of Nature

Faces of Nature is a series of acrylic landscape paintings, both representational and abstract, by Kootenay Bay artist Ted Diakow.

A graduate of the Alberta College of Art, Ted began his early years as a painter, influenced by the French Impressionists, particularly regarding the division of light on penetrable images.

Later, turning to printmaking, the American Expressionist movement opened doors of pure energy into an abstract, inner world of freedom.

This period broke past associations and created a need for a different reality.

During the 60s he stopped painting and moved into the three-dimensional world of ceramics, finding it more complete and its ancient earth materials more compelling, though more demanding.

He continued to work in ceramics until very recently when he returned to painting.

Lovely as a Tree

Trees have been an integral part of art, either as the main subject or in a supporting role, since humankind first began interpreting and representing the world through images.

Trees are a source of food, shelter and warmth for many of earth’s inhabitants and societies have long recognized the essential role they play in our survival.

Many cultures, past and present, use Tree of Life mythology and symbolism to describe our relationship with god and gods and the natural world from the Bible and Koran, to the Ents in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and the forests in James Cameron’s Avatar.

This year is the International Year of the Forest, a time to reflect on the role trees and forests still play in our lives, our cultures and our art.

This small exhibit presents works from our permanent collection, each one an expression of the artist’s relationship to the trees and forests in the world around them, such as Michael Arth’s exquisitely detailed etchings of trees or George Angliss’ charcoal drawing of an Okanagan orchard.

Art may never be “as lovely as a tree” but our experience of art, through images and words can give us pause to examine our personal attitudes towards the trees and forests in our lives.

The three exhibitions will run until Jan. 28.