Photographer Monica Reekie encountered this lion during a trip to Kenya. She swears she made a connection with the big cat, who got up, stood and looked directly at her from about five feet away, then walked away. Photo by Monica Reekie

Time to get connected at Coast Collective

Monica Reekie’s art illustrates her connectedness to her world

Artist/photographer Monica Reekie explores the beauty of making connections with her upcoming solo exhibition, “Effecting a Connection,” at the Coast Collective Art Centre gallery.

From animals and nature to family, friends and one’s community, everyone needs to feel a bond, she writes. That extends to the world at large, she adds, from wild places, cities, architecture and history, to culture, heritage, food and more. It’s part of human nature, she says.

A healthy connection to the world around us can not only reduce stress, it goes a long way towards promoting physical, mental and emotional well-being. As Reekie’s photos and artwork portray, being engaged and connected leads to increased enthusiasm, creativity and energy, and sharing that enthusiasm increases other people’s connectedness.

The show runs from Nov. 6 to 17 at the gallery, #103-318 Wale Rd. in Colwood. A meet-the-artist reception is planned for Saturday, Nov. 9 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Admittance is free to the gallery, which is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays.

Find that artful Christmas gift

Artists, craftspeople and makers from around the region have been invited to take part in Coast Collective’s 12th annual Gifts and Wishes show, running Nov. 20 to Dec. 22 This four-week, juried Christmas fine art and craft show is the one of the longest-running shows of its kind in Victoria.

A meet-the-artists reception and holiday party happens Saturday, Dec. 14 from 1 to 4 p.m.

For more information about upcoming exhibitions or events, visit coastcollective.ca or call 250-391-5522.



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