Lake Country Art Gallery exhibits show transition

For its first show of 2014, the Lake Country Art Gallery presents two companion exhibitions: Gone and Compelled Towards Light.

Drawing by Kelowna's Jane Everett accompanies poem

Drawing by Kelowna's Jane Everett accompanies poem

For its first show of 2014, the Lake Country Art Gallery (LCAG) presents two companion exhibitions: Gone and Compelled Towards Light.

These two bodies of work contemplate transition, mirroring our transition from 2013 into a brand, new year.

Gone is a collaboration between Kelowna-based artist Jane Everett and Nova Scotian poet Anne Simpson.

In this project, Everett has mirrored Simpson’s unpublished poem, Otherworld, with a cycle of drawings. Both bodies of work use landscape to express the struggle to come to terms with loss of loved ones.

Simpson’s path is a walk along the shore in Antigonish, N.S. and Everett’s follows the green-way along Kelowna’s Mission Creek.

“In this evocative suite of paired drawings and words, poet Simpson and artist Everett capture the feeling of in betweenness, lost-ness, transition, reflection and (that)questing for communion is palpable,” said LCAG curator Katie Brennan.

In the companion exhibition, Compelled Towards Light, by Lake Country-based eco-artist Pippa Dean-Veerman, a body of cross-faded photos, made up of two consecutive moments exposed onto the same photo, reflect on the communion between an artist with a camera and the natural landscape.

“Light plays across all the images, evoking a transcendent awareness of mysteries available to us in the grass beneath our feet,” said Brennan.

The two exhibitions will kick off Wednesday, Jan. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. with an opening reception with the artists. All are welcome to attend. All exhibitions run to Feb. 14.

On Saturday, Jan. 18 at 3 p.m., Everett and Dean-Veerman will join Brennan for Artists in Conversation, an open discussion. This event is free and open to the public.

The Lake Country Art Gallery is located at 10356A Bottom Wood Lake Rd.