Hosting a paper salon is akin to a celebration in the art world.
It means the walls are laden with works on paper and on the delicate surfaces are more intimate offerings of artists. Whether it is a detailed pencil work or a gestural expression, paper works beg closeness, says Headbones owner Julie Oakes, who is about to open Salonus Papyrus at her gallery on Old Kamloops Road.
“When Headbones Gallery was in Toronto from 2005 to 2010, it would do a summer cross-country exhibition of works on paper wrapping up with an exhibition at Ashpa Naira Gallery (on the westside of Okanagan Lake.) For Salonus Papyrus, Headbones will be airing some of the contents of the flat files, the famous Drawers, bringing out works that were too large to be shown during the cross- country tours of the past.”
Paper works from nearby and afar will laden the walls at Headbones.
Karl Heinz Boyke and Bodo Korsig from Germany, Adrian Doura of France, and Massimo Busetto of Italy will add a European note, while New Yorkers’ Billy Copley, Jesse McCloskie, Ruth Waldman, Jodi Panas and John Torreano will also be represented.
“There will be a presence from Iowa with small, folksy figures by Michael Lane and lithe female figures by Eric Wickes,” added Oakes.
Toronto will also be well represented as will Montreal with the works of Guy Boutin, Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo, who also brings a strong whiff of El Salvador into his mix, and Daniel Erban.
Saskatchewan will be present with drawings by Zachari Logan and Dagmara Genda, artful watercolours by Donna Kriekle, stamp prints by Jefferson Little and cut-out characters by Joseph Anderson.
A long/tall figure in charcoal fabric dye and coffee by Srdjan Segan, originally from Serbia, a piece by Mahmoud Meraji (the father) and one by Mehrad Meraji (the son), born in Iran, will bring contributions from Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
Eric Jerezano and Jesus Mora will help warm things up from Mexico.
The Okanagan will be refreshed with paper works by Joanne Salé, Wanda Lock, Judith Jurica, Katie Brennan, Carin Covin, along with a paper wall installation by Angelica Jaeger as well as works from Okanagan masters such as Gary Pearson, Fern Helfand, Heidi Thompson and Ann Kipling.
“All in all, over 50 artists’ works will have a presence in this exhibition of diversity and excellence,” said Oakes.
Because the exhibition will deck the walls of Headbones during the holiday season, the gallery is adding to the festivities with a special concert by the acclaimed Armstrong violinist Colleen Venables, who will perform a selection of classical works at 3:30 p.m. during Saturday’s opening reception.
“Anyone who was at the last Okanagan Symphony evening, Birthday Bash, will remember the virtuoso performance by this 17 year old who was also a member of the Youth Symphony of the Okanagan,” said Oakes. “She received three standing ovations at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre, having captured the hearts, and ears, of the audience.”
Saturday’s reception takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. at Headbones Gallery, 6700 Old Kamloops Road. Admission is free.