Alex Mikhailau /Cara Purita

May 14 - June 15, 2019

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 16, 2019 7 - 9 P.M.

Alex Mikhailau (Main Gallery)

"Subtle Beauty of Kitimat"

A series of oil paintings depicting various Kitimat landscapes throughout the year, both the town and the area surrounding it inspired daily walks with his dog.  town walkways and forest trails are usual guests on my canvas.  Alex Mikhailau's work leans towards impressionism and others are a bit more realistic, but there is always room for viewer's imagination to join and build upon the artist’s work

Biography of Alex Mikhailau

Alex Mikhailau is an emerging landscape artist who lives and works in Kitimat, British Columbia. A self-taught artist he moved to Canada in 2013 from Belarus and continued to learn and practice in visual arts until in 2018 he started presenting his works in local galleries and online.

Influenced by Russian classic art school and French Impressionism he is looking for his way of capturing the beauty around us. “I was lucky enough to have Beauty in various forms surround me all my life… At some point quantity transformed into quality and I started painting”. Alex’s favourite medium is oil, he is combining plein-air and studio work to create his paintings.

In 2018 he presented his works in the Kitimat Museum in the joint exhibition “Northwest Artists” and in the Museum of British Columbia, Prince Rupert, as part of the RTI Art Initiative. In 2019 he also has solo exhibitions scheduled in Terrace and Kitimat.

Cara Purita (Mini Gallery)

"SWEET OFFERINGS"

Cara Purita's work examines food and women’s roles, and the relationship between the two. Sweet Offerings will include a series of paintings that touch on the nostalgia and rhetoric of pie. Each painting will consist of a view of a woman’s hands serving a slice of pie on a plate. The clothing and accessories we see, as well as the tablecloth or apron will again refer in some way to the pie. The pie is both symbolic of the care and effort that goes into preparing food for others, and refers to the euphemisms used to describe women sexually (both in the fruit and the pie itself). In each case the woman is presenting the pie in such a way as to show that it is meant for somebody else, not herself; perhaps the viewer. 

In addition to this series of pies, further paintings which again nod to nostalgia, food, and a woman’s role in harvesting, preparing or serving it, and yet presents an odd conundrum or a euphemism used to describe women in terms of food.

Biography of Cara Purita

Cara's work has been inspired by family, memories, dreams, here own life experiences, the stories of women’s lives, by early 20th century and postwar instruction manuals for girls and housewives, as well as by the popular media she consumed as a child and young teenager. "What strikes me most while perusing these older publications is how profoundly current expectations echo the past despite the rhetoric of feminist achievements". As a mother of three daughters, manager of a small hobby farm; family, food and home are often on her mind. Cara also has a love of intellectual pursuits and interest in human nature which compels her to look more deeply into the “why” of her own gendered lifestyle. "I aim to tell and to celebrate the stories of real women whose lives are so often disregarded, and to explore the ways in which both patriarchy and feminism have placed us into figurative boxes. I also hope to convey intimacy and emotion in my paintings, while exploring some of the darker aspects of being female". The daily tasks and actions that women engage in are often cast aside in favour of visions of passivity. The women Cara paints are active and engaged, whether they are representative of reality or perceptions.

More information about Cara Purita and her artwork can be found at www.carapurita.ca