Submitted to the Observer by Helena Pavinen
Eight artists and one photographer invite you to the first show of the 2022 Quesnel Art Gallery season: ‘An Artistic Conversation.’
This innovative presentation consists of a back and forth visual conversation between Bryden Rankin’s beautifully taken, nature-based photographs on easels in the centre of the gallery and the artistic interpretations of Keith Prestone, Maureen Wheeler, Sarah Cody, Patti Faber, Marlene Pegg, Miranda Marcotte, Katja Kovanen and Leslie Rankin on the walls surrounding them.
As people often do, when looking at the same picture we perceive or “see” such a variety of different narratives and seek to offer our side of the visual conversation.
Often as artists or viewers we also seek to elicit an emotional or thoughtful response and may even delve into larger topics, even controversial ones.
Some of these topics of conversation might include pollution, intrinsic beauty, protecting natural resources and creation appreciation. Then we might watch to see how others respond, how they might challenge our thinking and then try to understand their unique point of view.
So, we invite you to come, to engage and to find the unique visual conversation that plays out between these artists.
Bring your friends and see what conversations are sparked in your lives, maybe build your visual perceptual muscles and then see where that takes you.
All participating artists previewed Bryden’s photos and ‘played’ with the images. They made each art piece their own.
We invite you to attend the actual art show. It is truly a unique opportunity to participate, engage in, and possibly purchase, your own visual conversation.