Ten members of the Gage Gallery Arts Collective
interpret, in their unique visual styles, moments of
Jane Michiel creates moments of drama with iconic
and mysterious bird images, while Jo-Anne Silverman
elicits the feeling of falling with pastel overlays of
colour suggesting windswept, ethereal seed pods.
Anita Boyd and Deborah Leigh use curvilinear kinetic
swoops of colour radiating the freedom of freefall
The show runs Tuesdays-Saturdays,
From September 17 to October 5
Opening Reception on Sunday,
September 22, 1pm-4pm
Special Sunday Openings:
September 22, September 29
Pull on both ends of a rope, it straightens; but not completely. It remains a catenary curve, never straightening until the tension is infinitely great – there is always a curve. Begin at one end, follow the curve with your eye: you dip down into the curve before rising again at the opposite end.
Looking at an object, one sees a surface. To view with intention is to dip below the surface, to see more than what simply appears. If an image, showing a surface, manages to imply what is not on the surface, there is tension in it; the pull between what is shown, what is not shown.
Viewing such an image brings that tension within the eye, in the space between the eye and the image. Approached with intention, images act upon us, change us, grow us.
My intent is to create images that create that tension, reward us with that change; I leave it to the viewer to judge how well I may have succeeded.
When the Co-op art gallery in Fernwood closed, Victoria Artists, Arlene Nesbitt and Diana Durrand, decided to create another gallery for local artists to show their work. Searching for a suitable and affordable space was challenging!
It wasn't easy and money was tight but five years ago the Gage Gallery Arts Collective was created. I remember Arlene and Diana inviting me to join the group! I was so excited and honoured! I still am.
At that time the gallery was an artist's studio and needed much work to become the pristine space of a fine art gallery. With the help of fellow artists Yvonne Freigang, Joanne Hemond, Donald Ius, Dennis Shields and Francis Sullivan the gallery was fixed, painted and polished. The little gallery was ready for the first show in August 2014.
Since then every three weeks the gallery has presented the work of Victoria artists providing one of the few nonprofit venues in town.
The artist members have all brought a contribution to the fabric of the collective as we work together to take care of business, the gallery and the artists.
The 'Celebrate' show August 6 - 8th is an acknowledgment and thank you to the artists who created the gallery originally and the artists who have contributed along the way to keep this little gem alive and healthy. We actually have quite a 'fan base' of people who come by for each new show and Gage has become an active member of the Oak Bay community. Most of all Gage has provided a space for artist's to show their work and to share ideas and creative ventures with other artists. Thank you to our founders from all of us who have benefited from the creation of the Gage Gallery Arts Collective. Your creation has influenced many artists and the Oak Bay community.
Gallery Arts Collective