Abstract work examines landscape

NANAIMO - Gabriola artists Karen Curry and Alice Rich show their work at Hive Emporium Nov. 20 to Dec. 2.


Gabriola artists Karen Curry and Alice Rich are coming together during an upcoming exhibit that explores changing landscapes.

The two show their work during Intertidal at the Hive Emporium on Gabriola.

Curry’s work connects to the landscapes of Gabriola. Curry exhibits work from three of her series: Phasing, How To Read the Sky and Ancient Light. In Phasing she examines edges and how these edges such as shorelines are changed and eroded.

Curry uses an abstract style to take the “beauty of the natural world” and interpret it in her own way.

“It corresponds a lot to the erosive nature of sandstone, the eroded nature of the shoreline,” said Curry.

Gabriola’s Drumbeg Park is one of the places that inspires her work.

“There are a lot of hours spent pacing on the shoreline,” she said.

She works on pieces of wood and layers the paint and then sands it down to show erosion.

Both artists speak to the theme of intertidal in different ways.

Rich shows work from two series: Impressions of Place and Segmented Visions. Her pieces explore the theme of creation and how this leads to both order and chaos during the process. In her artist statement Rich said she uses “semi-abstraction in attempting to guide and impose order upon my intuitive impulses and emotional responses to places.

“In both series, the resulting landscapes emerge as undulating surfaces of organic brushwork expressing the energy and freedom of creativity.”

D.B. Boyko, co-owner of Hive Emporium, said it opened in June and has hosted 11 exhibits.

“We are trying to promote art and culture on Gabriola,” said Boyko about the gallery’s mandate. “We are trying to make it a space to view art … and it’s a place were artists in the community can come together.”

Intertidal runs at the Hive Emporium’s gallery, located at 9-575 North Rd., Friday (Nov. 20) to Dec. 2. There is an opening reception Friday, 6-9 p.m. and an artist talk Sunday (Nov. 22) at 2 p.m.


For more information please go to www.hiveemporium.ca.


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