Things continue to heat up at Predator Ridge with a summer exhibition of Gallery Odin.
As part of Gallery Odin’s summer art series, the exhibit ran Monday and Tuesday, allowing art lovers the opportunity to explore the works of five of Okanagan’s most recognizable artists.
“There’s a whole movement of supporting local going on right now,” said Predator Ridge organizer Carmen Lindsay. “We want to be a part of it because the Okanagan has a lot of talent and we have the perfect venue to highlight people who are living their dreams and are artistic so we welcome them and these ideas.”
Lindsay said that Gallery Odin approached them to see whether having an exhibit at the resort would be of interest and that they happily agreed.
“It’s pretty fantastic that you see the dedication to have an event like this. It’s pretty special and it’s open to the public and we’re pretty excited to have people come and see the talent that the Okanagan has.”
Lindsay told the Morning Star that there are several pieces that were created specifically for the exhibit — including a series of paintings of the resort itself.
The local artists who were showcased at the event include Doug Alcock, Karel Doruyter, Jerry Markham, Teri Paul and Barry Rafuse.
Doug Alcock is a metal sculpturer who works with a rich supply of found pieces, relics of a bygone era, precharged with energy from their mysterious past.
“Finding hand forged utilitarian elements, works of art in their own right, inspired me to explore more about the ancient craft of blacksmithing,” Alcock said. “Hand forging techniques are now used extensively in my work approach. Pulling a piece of hot iron from the fire allows a narrow window to work a vision. This is reminiscent of my other passion, bluegrass mandolin. Pulling off a break of hot licks requires exacting skill, drawing from years of practice to know what sequence of notes will make the moment memorable.”
Karel Doruyter is a painter, writer and manages high latitude expeditions in Penticton. Doruyter’s three-dimensional “acrylic buildup” paintings depictcoastalcostal and interior British Columbia landscapes. They have been described as giving viewers the feeling of step into the nature that lies behind his paintings.
All five artists were in attendance at this showing.
Gallery Odin also offers three special or seasonal shows a year: a summer show with a late June opening; a winter show with an opening in November; and an additional summer show for the Silver Star Wine Festival in August.
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