A Vernon artist and author is unveiling a new exhibit.
Heidi Thompson’s Clarity opens Thursday at Headbones Gallery with a reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Copies of her books Calm Focus Joy and Recapitulation will also be available.
Although, Thompson’s work springs from the visual arts, she has made a significant contribution to the library of Vernon’s history. While documenting Okanagan artists, she met Sveva Caetani and became Caetani’s “official” photographer.
“Sveva was my friend and mentor. She inspired me to pursue art and strive to be the best I could be. Sveva encouraged many young artists to never give up their dreams,” said Thompson.
Caetani spent years painting 56 amazing watercolours entitled Recapitulation: A Journey and donated the series to the Alberta Foundation for the Arts in Edmonton.
She then asked Thompson if she could publish the series. Thompson agreed and set out on what would become a 13-year long labour of love. Thompson photographed, designed, promoted and edited with the help of Angela Peart and Dennis Butler, and raised funds with book sales. Recapitulation was successfully published in 1995.
“Each of us is on a spiritual journey. Each of us can gather both inspiration and courage from Sveva Caetani’s artistic accomplishment,” said Thompson.
To say Thompson’s work is informed would be an understatement.
Not only does Thompson have a secure footing in art, she is also interested in meditation. She attended a 10-day breath awareness retreat in 1983.
Experiencing how breath awareness increases focus and reduces symptoms of ADHD, she knew it could help children.
Thompson wrote Calm Focus Joy: The Power of Breath Awareness, which presents a step-by-step method teaching adults and children breath awareness. Calm Focus Joy is a book which contains a sense of spirituality and social responsibility.
Thompson will be exhibiting her recent paintings at Headbones Gallery in a show entitled Clarity.
She has been working for the last decade in a painterly abstract style that is known as colour field.
In this form of painting, a viewer has only to stand with openness in front of a work to experience a visual realm replete with all of the lushness and subtleties that such a clarity of purpose can enable.
The result is a focused, pristine perception where each piece becomes a new spectacle upon which to build associations of abundance, wholeness, wonder and joy.
Clarity runs until Nov. 9 at Headbones Gallery. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. or by appointment.