Those who hike or bike at Silver Star Mountain in the summer know they are going to get a spectacular view of the Monashees along with an up-close look at the colourful wildflowers that grow on the summit.
However, there’s another way to see the surrounding vistas at the hill, and that is through art.
Every summer, Gallery Odin, which is located in Silver’s Star’s Knoll neighborhood, opens an exhibition of artworks by local, regional and internationally known artists.
This year is no exception with an exhibition that features abstract, landscape, and figurative paintings along with textiles and sculptures.
“This winter, we had people coming from all over the world,” said Maria Molnar, who runs the gallery with her husband Kalman. “This will be our 14th season. Many of our artists have had a busy year and have been showing their work in galleries around Canada and the U.S.”
The salon-style exhibition, which will be split into two main spaces, will feature an abstract room, with large canvasses by such artists as Lake Country’s Julie Elliott, Penticton’s Karel Doruyter, and Vernon’s Barry Rafuse, said Molnar.
In the other room will be works that show the Canadian landscape by the likes of Penticton’s Glenn Clark, who recently showed his en plein air works in two solo exhibitions at galleries in Nelson and Grand Forks, and Vernon westside artist Jerry Markham, who is coming off a busy year having exhibited his oil landscapes in Denver, Colo. and Jackson Hole, Wyo.
Also showing her large abstract landscapes is Silver Star-based artist Destanne Norris, who just wrapped up a joint exhibition of her work at the Lake Country Art Gallery.
“All these artists are doing a great justice in the legacy that the Group of Seven left behind,” said Molnar.
Also working in landscape is Victoria’s Peter Lawson along with fellow Vancouver Islander Leonard Epp, who will show some smaller abstract landscapes.
The exhibition will also feature three dimensional objects by stone sculptor Deborah Wilson, who is showing some of her new birds made of Brazilian soapstone, as well as by Kootenay-based sculptor Todd White, potter Al Scott, ceramicists Leonhard Epp and Lisa Prowse, and scrimshaw artist Ginny Hall.
Texturized paintings, fabric art and mixed media pieces are being shown by the Columbia Valley’s Lynne Grillmair, Campbell River’s Dawn Piche, Canmore’s Dana Roman and Vernon’s Wendy Hart Penner, who has painted some detailed landscapes as well as an animal portrait full of whimsy, said Molnar.
In addition, Kelowna’s Julia Trops is showing her figurative works and one abstract while Kelowna’s Bonnie Anderson, Armstrong’s Charlene Woodbury, and Vernon’s Elizabeth Moore are also showing some of their abstracts, landscapes and florals.
Besides being part of the summer-long show, some of Odin’s artists will also participate in the live painting and silent auction event as part of the Silver Star Summer Food and Wine Festival, taking place in the resort’s village Aug. 8 to 10.
Opening receptions for Gallery Odin’s summer exhibition take place Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. Summer hours are Thursdays and Saturdays, 2 to 6 p.m. or call 250-503-0822 for an appointment. For more information, visit galleryodin.com.