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New gallery exhibit shows work by Osoyoos artists young and old
Local art lovers will have a chance to see works by some of the youngest artists in Osoyoos – and some of the oldest – in an exhibition that opens this weekend at the Osoyoos Art Gallery.
The show is called Tried and True and Something New and it runs from April 26 to May 10.
In previous years, Arts and Culture Week provincially has coincided with an exhibit of the works of Osoyoos young artists. This year, however, a retrospective of works by five senior women artists from Artists on Main is being integrated into the same show.
B.C. Arts and Culture Week this year runs from April 20 to 26.
“The young artists are from the high school, the elementary school, daycares and even home schooled,” said Dianne Hughes, acting gallery manager. “We are having the retrospective with the young artists. We thought it was a good fit for the culture of Osoyoos. We’ll have long-time artists and the young artists exhibiting together.”
The artists in the retrospective include women in their 80s and 90s.
One, Verna Tomlinson, died earlier this year.
The four others are Annie Molenkamp, Jean Burt, Dorothy Fairbairn and Helen Fisher.
Tomlinson will be there in spirit, said Sue Whittaker, chair of the Osoyoos Arts Council.
“It’s really great that we have a chance to celebrate their work and their lives,” said Whittaker. “We’re so sorry that Verna wasn’t able to be with us for it, but we will have some of her work there and we’ll have bits and pieces like her box that she used when she went painting outdoors.”
All the senior artists are painters. Burt also does pottery, but only her paintings will be shown, said Hughes.
The official opening of the exhibit is Saturday, April 26 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Hughes expects the senior artists in the retrospective to attend.
“We don’t always get all the students, of course, because it is quite a number of them that contribute art,” said Hughes. “But we invite the parents and the kids to come out and attend the opening and we do get a turnout.”
The works of younger and older artists will be shown together, with the retrospectives in the rear room along with some of the children’s works.
The idea for the combined show came about, Hughes said, because she was approached in October and asked if Artists on Main could do a retrospective.
The entire 2014 schedule, however, was already filled. After considering that some of the artists might not be around if the gallery waited another year, a decision was made to combine the retrospective with the young artists.
Both groups were happy with the decision, Hughes said, and the resulting exhibit will include art by artists at both ends of the age spectrum.
This is the first time the gallery has combined the work of young and old artists in the same show.
“It’s very unique for us,” said Hughes, adding that another larger retrospective from Artists on Main could be considered in the future.