Opening Reception: 6-8PM Saturday, January 10
Medium: Acrylic Paintings & Copper Sculpture
“Impressions of Three” showcases the work of three impressionist artists and how they each perceive nature and the world around them. Artistic mediums featured in the exhibit include acrylic paintings by Kathie Selinger and Ken Dawes and copper sculpture by Jim Unger.
Kathie has continually worked with many different colours, exploring their relationships and the use of texture. Creating paintings like those featured in “Impressions of Three,” which are inspired by travel and landscapes that are filled with texture, line and colour, has become her main interest and fascination.
Born in Vancouver and growing up in Coquitlam and Tsawwassen, Kathie says, “I have always felt the environment in which you grow up and where you choose to live contributes to much of your visual language. Currently, she is living on a local estate winery in Abbotsford.
Kathie took a number of fine art classes at Douglas College before deciding to return to school full time. She graduated from the Alberta College of Art with a major in printmaking and minor in painting. She feels her printmaking background is a definite reason why she enjoys working in layers of texture and colour. Kathie also believes that her previous printmaking experience influences working in series.
Having always loved to travel, Kathie has discovered a love for cruise ships in the last few years, enabling her to visit Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean, Florida and Hawaii. She now loves to include images form her travels in her work, combining them with rich textures and colour.
Ken’s paintings come from his architectural experience. Ken uses abstract style, vibrant colour, shape and simplicity of design in his work, which to him is important in creating a successful painting.
Ken has had a successful career in the field of architecture, designing homes for over twenty-five years. His designs have been built throughout Canada and the United States. In 2013 he embraced a new passion: painting. While always interested in the fine arts, Ken has felt that he has lacked the time for true commitment in this field. He hopes to change this by pursuing new challenges.
Jim Unger’s career in art started a little later than most, so he sometimes “sees things through different eyes.” He approaches high art by not overthinking what he is trying to convey, but by letting the work itself do the talking. Many of his sculptures give the feeling of flow and movement. Jim is a strong believer in the actual craft of a piece—the hands-on or physical building of the sculpture.
Jim was born in 1957 in British Columbia. Other than a few high school art classes, he is a self-taught artist. He works primarily in metals, specializing in copper, but has been known to pick up a paint brush as well. Jim has shown his work in many places, from the Harrison Arts Festival to the Circle Craft Summer Market in Vancouver. He has also sold his art to numerous people throughout North America. Jim is just beginning a new series of steel and copper “pelts” that take us back to the early days of pioneers and trappers.