Embracing the themes of music, dance and movement, 15 artists will showcase their work in a group Art Show as a prelude to the 2015 Chutzpah! Festival at the Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery, Jewish Community Centre, Vancouver, February 12th to March 16th, 2015.
“The jury and I have curated a really interesting mix of work by British Columbia artists who have captured their personal love for the performing arts in a variety of visual art styles and mediums,” says Linda Lando, Art Gallery Director, Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery. They include:
Curtain Goes Up (acrylic and pastel on canvas) by award-winning abstract painter, Joyce Ozier, whose striking use of colour through movement, is one of her trademarks. She has worked across the performing arts spectrum in many capacities including as the first Executive Director of the Vancouver Dance Centre (now ScotiaBank Dance Centre); co-authored a book on performing arts touring, and created visual merchandising for retail clients before deciding to paint full-time.
Romanian-born, Pnina Granirer studied painting in Israel and has lived and worked in Vancouver since the 60s. The lyrical, Girls Dancing captures in mixed media, the grace and expressiveness of performance. Granirer’s passion for dance was exemplified in her previous exhibitions of Dancers Suite based on photographs taken by Granirer of Ballet BC dancers; then drawn in charcoal and pastels over a painted spackled surface.
The exquisite, Merrily Swinging (watercolour on hand-made paper with embedded petals) by Ethel Karmel, embodies her love for the Chinese culture. She studied with Master Ching Ku Chang for 18 years. Karmel feels very privileged to have been accepted into the Canadian Chinese Federation of Artists, the first Caucasian to be so honoured.
Photographer and painter, Sidi Schaffer’s Ocean and Man II (top photo) reflects a surreal photo-based imagery. “ This series of photos were taken on Wreck Beach (Vancouver) a few years ago,” she explains. “I was very moved by this dance group and the way they used nature and the ocean as part of their choreography.”
Music therapist and former opera singer, Ava Lee Millman Fisher, All That Jazz (mixed media) delights in painting both secular and Judaica motifs and feels that ” her visual voice is embedded strongly in her paintings.”
Artists will be in attendance at the public Chutzpah! Festival Art Show opening reception on Thursday, February 12, 2015.