Vernon’s Gallery Vertigo is opening its doors to new exhibitions featuring the work of three artists this week.
Sande Waters exhibition in Gallery One, entitled Reverence, showcases drawings of internal psychological spaces as well as the external body and its organs.
In her drawings Waters references being a female artist and iconic female symbols, which are perceived as feminist in nature. She is interested in the language of symbols for both sexuality and gender – male and female.
Waters completed her BFA at Emily Carr University and a MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute. She continues to pursue her art practice from Deep Cove where she lives.
Eliza Fry is a mixed media artist from. Kaslo She grew up living part time on the Prairies and part time in the Shuswap and her art is influenced by this sense of place.
Most of her work is concerned with social or environmental issues.
Fry has been a child and youth counsellor for most of her adult working life so naturally is interested in related issues. For the last few year, she has been working with maps and birds or wings, at least, incorporating the use old photographs to take images out of context by removing the background information.
Her current exhibit, Flight Path, reflects those influences in two-dimensional paintings and three-dimensional work assemblages.
This month on the NOAA’s members wall is the work of Wanda Lock, a painter living in Lake Country who, according to her significant other, listens to too much Stone Temple Pilots while working in her studio.
Lock says she isn’t sure what her fondness for grunge music and teenage angst movies have in common with her current body of work, but she is convinced that all will become clear in good time.
Lock graduated from Emily Carr College of Art and Design in 1992 and returned to the Okanagan shortly thereafter.
She is represented by The Gallery Project, Elevation Gallery in Canmore, and The Front Gallery in Edmonton.
An opening reception with two of the artists attending takes place at Gallery Vertigo, 3001-31st St. (upstairs) Vernon, Saturday, March 10 at 7 p.m.
The exhibitions continue to April 21. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.