Two Burnaby artists are featured in exhibitions at Place des Arts in the new year.
Jane Appleby, a painter and art teacher, has her work on display in Lyrical Expressions, running Jan. 12 to Feb. 10. Appleby is inspired by the Canadian landscape, in the tradition of painters such as the Group of Seven. Her current focus is on creating an emotional response to the landscape using brushwork and colour, with a lyrical expression in oil and acrylic paints.
Mardell Rampton, also of Burnaby, is exhibiting her contemporary abstract textile paintings in Balance, running Jan. 12 to March 17. Using her own hand-dyed, painted and marked cloth along with commercial textiles, Rampton creates work influenced by her longstanding love of the oceans, skies and forests of the West Coast of Vancouver Island.
“Central to the textile paintings in this exhibition is the tension between striving to achieve balance while immersed in a continual state of imbalance,” a press release says. “The elements in the artworks depict different sensations, sometimes disconnected, sometimes on a tangent striving to regain connection with the centre, other times unable to reach a place of groundedness.”
Both exhibitions open with a reception on Friday, Jan. 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. It’s free and open to everyone. Also opening the same evening is Colour: A Personal Response, featuring the work of Victoria-based artists Lesley Turner and Sarah McLaren.
Place des Arts is at 1120 Brunette Ave. in Coquitlam. Call 604-664-1636 or see www.placedesarts.ca for more information.