VISUALS PRESENTS: SKY’S THE LIMIT – INSPIRATION FROM THE WIND
November 17 – January 4 | The Gallery at the Arts Centre | Free Admission
‘Sky’s The Limit’ is a collection of paintings, sculptures, weavings, photography and jewellery, each of which draws inspiration from the windy weather for which Squamish is renowned.
Sarah Saunders of VISUALS says that the theme and name of the show stem from the collection’s debut exhibit at the Squamish Wind Festival this past July. “The word Squamish literally means ‘Mother of the Wind’, said Saunders. “Given our squally weather in Squamish, rain or shine, it’s not hard to understand how the original Coast Salish inhabitants came up with the name for this blustery little town. For me, the theme represents Squamish perfectly. It’s all about the importance of being connected with Mother Nature.”
The show includes work by over twenty artists, each of whom has drawn inspiration from the natural surroundings of Squamish and translated this muse into a wide variety of art forms and mediums. Each contributing artist is a member of the VISUALS collective, which aims to support mutual and individual artists’ growth by curating and planning shows, and by providing a network where artists can influence one another.
“The benefits of working with such a group are vast,” continued Saunders. Through sharing knowledge, ideas, time and resources, we are able to promote each other’s work and enhance overall creativity. There are endless opportunities, and the pool of creative knowledge in itself is inspiring to all of us.”
Participating artists: Carol Roberts, Cory Sine, Elena Whitman, Jane Keyes, Laura Genovese, Linda Bachman, Linda Wagner, Marlise Witschi, Maureen Brown, Mia Lauzon, Michiko Splinter, Shelley Donald, Sophie Brunet, Susan Remnant, Toby Jaxon, Fran Solar, Andrea Andres, Angela Muellers, Marcelle Armatage.
VISUALS is a Squamish-based, non-profit fellowship of visual artists. The organization supports mutual and individual artistic growth, making the arts a core component of the Squamish creative community. The volunteer-based organization supports the development, education and promotion of Sea to Sky artists, facilitating mentoring and networking opportunities for all artisans. to share their knowledge and expertise, assisting in the development of professional business, marketing and sales skills. We promote raising community awareness and appreciation for the economic, social and cultural value of fine art and artisans in the corridor.