New art show, ‘Colours in Winter,’ is juried exhibition featuring work of local Federation of Canadian Artists painters

By on January 15, 2014
Show organizer Michael Jorden poses with a couple of his western-style paintings in this file photo from last year’s FCA show where he won “best in show.” Jorden’s work will also be in this year’s show along with 20 other artists. (File photo Richard McGuire)

Show organizer Michael Jorden poses with a couple of his western-style paintings in this file photo from last year’s FCA show where he won “best in show.” Jorden’s work will also be in this year’s show along with 20 other artists. (File photo Richard McGuire)

In the grey of winter, a colourful new exhibition opens this weekend at the Osoyoos Art Gallery.

“Colours in Winter” is a juried exhibition of paintings featuring the work of local members of the Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA).

It kicks off with an opening reception Saturday, Jan. 18 from noon to 2 p.m. at the gallery. It runs until Feb. 8.

Because the show is juried and because artists must qualify even to be an active member of the FCA, the calibre of the work is excellent, say both Michael Jorden, organizer of the show, and Dianne Hughes, acting director of the gallery.

Jorden, whose own western-themed work will be included, said 21 artists submitted 45 paintings for consideration.

The show will feature more than 30 paintings in a variety of media, including watercolours, acrylic and oil.

They can be on any subject, so there will be landscapes, figurative works and abstracts among other themes, Jorden said.

The show’s title, he added, was intended as an antidote to winter.

“I had to come up with the name for the show,” he said. “The notion was that looking out of my window it was all kind of bleak, white and grey. So we will bring some colourful artwork into the middle of this winter scene.”

The local chapter of FCA serves the Okanagan-Similkameen and is based in Penticton, Jorden said.

This means some of the paintings will come from recognized artists from other communities in the region.

“This is what we call a chapter show,” said Jorden. “It’s probably the only juried show that we’ll have this year, so it will have the highest quality of art of any of our shows.”

Three independent jurors in Vancouver reviewed the submissions on the internet, Jorden said.

“I’ve seen most of it because I’m the show manager and I can tell you it’s going to be a really good show,” he said.

This is the second year in a row that local FCA members have done a juried show in January at the Osoyoos Art Gallery.

Jorden said a previously scheduled “people’s choice” show was cancelled due to insufficient interest and local FCA members were asked in the fall to fill the vacancy.

Meanwhile, the gallery began the year by adding two volunteer curators to replace Sharon Leonard, who stepped down in early November. The new curators are Ivanna Zita and Sue Whittaker.

“They’re both from Artists on Main, so they have extensive fine art backgrounds,” said Hughes, adding that Zita was director of the gallery in the past. “They’re very active within the art community.”

No long-term decision has been made on the director’s position, which is also a volunteer post, Hughes said.

She has been serving as acting director since Tony Brummet stepped down as director in October after serving 10 years.

The Osoyoos Art Gallery is at 8713 Main Street next to the Town Hall. In winter it is open Tuesday to Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

RICHARD McGUIRE

Osoyoos Times

 

 

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