The Language of Drawing and Studio Watch exhibits opening at Gallery 2

Gallery 2 in Grand Forks will open two exhibitions on Saturday, May 5 – The Language of Drawing and Studio Watch.

Gallery 2 in Grand Forks will open two exhibitions on Saturday

Gallery 2 in Grand Forks will open two exhibitions on Saturday

Gallery 2 will be opening two exhibitions tomorrow (May 5) with The Language of Drawing, a show of works submitted by 10 artists who live and work in the Columbia Basin and Studio Watch, recent works by Christina Lake artist Steve Howard.

Drawing, whether used as a means to an end or an end in itself, is a significant aspect of every art practice.

The works that make up this exhibit will challenge our traditional definition of drawing. As guest curator, Helen Sebelius states, “All of these visual stories speak about the artists’ hands-on and highly personalized involvement with their subject matter and materials. Whether created with unconventional materials such as ball-point pens, gel pens, markers, recycled paper, or the traditionally accepted conté, charcoal, graphite, oil stick, gouache and pastel, their work is visceral in nature, at times obsessive, and always evident of an intimate engagement with their art.”

The Language of Drawing illustrates how 10 artists interpret the practice of drawing – one of the oldest forms of visual expression that has played a crucial role in the work of artists throughout history.

Studio Watch presents recent mixed media works by Steve Howard.

“By layering paint, found objects, photography collage, and sculpture I strive to create windows into new realms, realms seen in the mind’s eye, the soul or perhaps, a dream state,” he says.

“To make these windows, I gather fragments from time and space, whispers from the layers that make up what we do and do not see, experiences generated by emotions, spirituality, and other human conditions. I paint compressed moments which express the flow of life’s endless spirals, the rhythms of the Earth.”

These works are a direct expression of Steve’s energy and passion for life and are deeply rooted in his love for the natural environment. Behind the apparent spontaneity lies a very deliberate mind.

These two exhibitions run from May 5 to June 2, with an opening reception to be held on May 5 from 1 to 3 p.m.

There is no admission charge and the public is welcome to attend.

– Submitted by Gallery 2.