The Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre held its most successful exhibition opening ever on Friday when more than 250 people attended the opening of From the Mountains to the Sea.
“We even made money on the cash bar,” laughed director Ken Talbot. “We’ve never had an opening like that. (Most of the cash bars at gallery openings have, at best, broken even.)”
From the Mountains to the Sea fused works from two distinct groups of artists: last year’s Art in the Park artists — Jackie Penergast, Cherie Van Overbeke, Tina Lindegaard, Kip Wiley and Nicola McGarry — who went to Pacific Rim National Park on Vancouver Island to paint and create art on the seashore; and this year’s Art in the Parkers: Sandra Flood, Gwen Lips, Sue Davies, Rachel Kelly, Lyle Grisedale, Shannon Robinson and Cecilia Lea who went on an expedition to the Fidelity Snow Research Station in Glacier National Park. The Art in the Park series and the the shows they have engendered are joint projects involving The Centre, Parks Canada and the Friends of Mount Revelstoke and Glacier. Their success is due in no small part to the enthusiasm and hard work of Doreen McGillis of Parks Canada who, although she was not at the opening on Friday, was thanked profusely by Park Superintendent Karen Tierney, Centre Executive Director Jackie Pendergast and FMRG Director Neills Kristensen. Alas for Revelstoke, McGillis is transferring to Waterton Lakes National Park.
There are 46 paintings, ceramic pieces, pen-and-ink drawings and photographs in the show and their quality cannot be understated. As an artist, I can safely say this is by far the best show The Centre has ever mounted and it bodes well for the future. This calibre of work by the local artistic community confirms Revelstoke as a place where art not only thrives but shines.
But you don’t have to take my word for it. Go down to 320 Wilson and see it for yourself. From the Mountains to the Sea is on exhibition until Nov. 6. And while you’re there don’t forget to drop into Pat Anderson’s marvelous one-woman show Seeing Red, which also opened on Friday.
Seeing Red is a lovely collection of watercolours by Anderson who is easily one of the top three watercolourists in Revelstoke. Her attention to detail and the depth with which paints make her works sing. It’s in the Sophie Atkinson Gallery at The Centre. Don’t miss it.
In the meantime here are some photos from the two exhibition openings: