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Art Shows: The Big Foldy Painting of Death // Rhythm in Blue // Artistic Dreams

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Friday, January 17th, 2014
Gallery Hours are: Monday - Saturday from 10am - 5pm

The Big Foldy Painting of Death
11 January � 8 March, 2014

Ian Forbes (Vancouver BC) � painting installation

�Member Preview: Friday, January 10, from 6pm-7pm, artist in attendance (CVAG Memberships will be available at the event)
�Opening Reception: Friday, January 10, from 7-9pm, artist in attendance
�Art Talk: Saturday January 11 at 11am, admission is free or by donation

Vancouver BC based artist Ian Forbes (BFA, University of Alberta, MFA, University of Alberta) exhibits The Big Foldy Painting of Death, volume One (an ongoing work). This piece was created on a continuous roll of canvas approximately 127 feet long, and 6 feet in height (the viewer is engulfed inside one large artwork). The acrylic painting is a panoramic, unrestrained and personal narrative using the multiple vocabularies of contemporary art to investigate the destructive qualities of creation and the creative qualities of destruction. Viewers are invited into a �deeply personal conversation about how we are inhabiting this planet, this country, this city, this street, this gallery, this studio�. Here they encounter the provocative juxtaposition of the horror and pleasure of the impending apocalypse; the betrayals and fealties of the aging body and, perhaps, an optimistic hope for apology and reconciliation. In its presentation of multiple, fragmentary concepts and themes, this piece offers an opportunity for viewers to occupy a highly-visceral, contested terrain of emotional experience, and to emerge from this fragmented landscape with new appreciation for that which has, through processes of industrialization and modernization, been lost.

Ian Forbes began the Foldy Book of Death series in 2008, after being introduced to the accordion book format. He completed a BFA and MFA in Painting at the University of Alberta (1997) and has exhibited widely in group and solo exhibitions in Canada and Europe. In recent years, Forbes has taught visual arts at Grande Prairie Regional College and Emily Carr University of Art & Design, as well as being active as a volunteer and board member for several arts organizations in Western Canada. His work is found in private collections internationally, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Collection, Konzentrationslager Auschwitz-Birkenau (Krematorium IV Memorial) Poland: commissioned by the Auschwitz Awareness Society, Sintra Engineering and the University of Alberta.

Community Gallery

Rhythm in Blue
11 January � 8 March, 2014

Art Group of the Comox Valley � a variety of media

�Member Preview: Friday, January 10, from 6pm-7pm, artist in attendance (CVAG Memberships will be available at the event)
�Opening Reception: Friday, January 10, from 7-9pm, artists in attendance

Rhythm in Blue features art works unified by the theme of �blue� in its varied meanings, and each contains the colour blue. Oil paintings, acrylic paintings, glass, textiles and sculpture are among the media appearing in this exhibit.

The Art Group of the Comox Valley (AGCV) includes about 40 individuals who get together weekly to paint, sketch, write, photograph and teach. Members of the AGCV are professional, semi-professional, and amateur artists. The AGCV began working together in 2011; �We work in and give back to our community.�

�Auction Reception: Tuesday, February 18, from 5pm � 7pm

The signature and collaborative work titled Rhythm in Blue will be sold via silent auction, with proceeds supporting L�Arche, an organization helping challenged individuals through art. The silent auction will run throughout the show and ends with a public reception on February 18th, during which the successful bidder will be announced.


George Sawchuk Gallery

Artistic Dreams
11 January � 8 March, 2014

Grade 4-5 students from Ecole Robb Road (Comox BC) � paintings

�Member Preview: Friday, January 10, from 6pm-7pm, artist in attendance (CVAG Memberships will be available at the event)
�Opening Reception: Friday, January 10, from 7-9pm, artists in attendance

Inspired by the piano version of the song Mad World, the students of Ms. Yourchik�s grade 4-5 class at Ecole Robb Road discussed the emotions they felt while listening to this piece of music and the power music can have in our lives. Combining this with their studies of Pablo Picasso�s blue period artworks, they used only blue, black and white paint to create shades and tints on canvas paper to explore an abstract visual vocabulary of line and shape.

Ecole Robb Road is an elementary school in Comox BC which creates a stimulating and rewarding learning environment, rich in linguistic and cultural experiences. In the French Immersion Program, linguistic competency in English and French is activated to develop bilingual citizens.

Cost: Donation
Suggested: $2pp
Category: Arts | Entertainment
    Gallery | Exhibition
Location: Comox Valley Art Gallery
580 Duncan Avenue, Courtenay
This event is for Everyone
More Info: Angela Somerset
[email protected]
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