Oak Bay art galleries join the fun of Oak Bay’s Arts & Culture Festival this weekend, beginning with the Summer Gallery Walk tonight (Friday, Aug. 14) from 6 to 8 p.m.
Winchester Gallery continues the celebration with Summer Art Fete 2015, Aug. 15. Visit the gallery from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for art, music and refreshments, plus a curated exhibit of work by Canadian artists.
Avenue Gallery concludes its Masters of Glass exhibit today (Friday, Aug. 14) The group exhibition of accomplished glaziers features works by Lisa Samphire, Naoko Takenouchi, Jo Ludwig and Jeff Goodman Studios.
Also under way through Aug. 19 is an exhibit of new work by Kimberly Kiel, featuring “wet paint, layer upon layer, morphing into a tangible and interesting surface – thick, creamy, an array of gorgeous impasto marks.”
At Red Gallery, “I’ve Been Everywhere” is a celebration of places and states of mind as gallery artists share their “travel” experiences on canvas.
Eclectic Gallery concludes its Summer Heat exhibit of works by Victoria painter Judy McLaren Aug. 15. The evocative portraits of people at leisure remind viewers to enjoy time relaxing in the summer sun. Come Aug. 17, the gallery welcomes Mark Brennan, whose work explores the human connection to the land.
Brennan’s wilderness journeys are his way of seeking out the subconscious human connection to nature. “It is a ‘wild’ sense of belonging to something larger than ourselves, and ultimately a realization of the connectedness of all living things.”
His wanderings have taken him to many wilderness landscapes with a focus on painting in protected wilderness areas and the National Parks of Canada.
In recent years he has also explored these places through sound, recording in pristine wilderness for use in radio and film.
“My recordings and paintings of intact wilderness areas are a form of preservation of not just the natural sound or place, but also preservation, or deepening of my own sense of wildness.”
The exhibit continues to Sept. 12.