Marie-Christine Claveau / Sherri Rogers

July 18 - August 12, 2017

Opening reception: Friday July 21, 7-9pm

Marie-Christine Claveau (Main Gallery)

Marie-Christine Claveau’s paintings depicting the landscape, flora and fauna of our northern BC region have a stunning graphic quality; rich, bold colours and strong lines are combined with an anatomical accuracy and attention to detail that testifies to Claveau’s deep love of the subject matter. 

Tree planting, rock climbing, gardening, fishing, mushroom picking, canoeing and hiking are a few of the things that have kept Claveau outside for most of the past 25 years.

Since a young age, Claveau has always painted. Born in La Baie, Québec, on the side of the Saguenay River, she moved west in 2001 at the age of 24, and for three years lived in a VW van travelling throughout North America but with a base in Squamish. Her canvases then were café walls, friends’ vans, guitar cases, wood, rocks… In her van, she used to sleep with tubes of paint so that they would not freeze during cold nights. Her need for space, change, and growth took her to Rossland, BC, where she purchased her first home where she could paint and develop her art practice.

In 2006, Claveau moved to the Skeena Region with her husband and baby daughter. Together, they worked the raw land in the Nass Valley just outside Terrace to build a home on a small homestead. Finally, a few years ago she settled herself into a sunlit studio in her family home where she can now focus on her art.

Artist's Statement

Sunrises are really humbling. You feel pretty small when you try to paint them.
  

Sherri Rogers (Mini Gallery)

A culture is reflected by its artists. A street artist publicly displays this culture, reflecting the spirit of a city back to its people. Historical roots, musical themes, and ethnic heritage are demonstrated in street artwork, showing the diversity and priorities of a community.

Rogers' landscape paintings capture urban graffiti in its environment, showing the beauty and colour that artists have contributed to their surroundings. They bring up questions about ownership of public space:  Who decides what is graffiti and what is legitimate art? Can street art - ephemeral by nature, social media in the street - be legislated? 

Using acrylic and simulating the spray of aerosol paint using hand held atomizers, Rogers turns a collage of street artists' temporary and often-changing murals into a piece of one artist's work, capturing a moment in time.

Artist's Statement

Sherri Rogers is an artist based in Vancouver BC, and her paintings mostly focus on the urban environment. Her style is playful and narrative, using humour and colour as a way to reflect on the communities across Canada. Sherri's landscapes tell a story about life in urban cities, focusing on hidden alleyways that are beautiful and vibrant.

Biography

Rogers lives and works as a professional artist in Vancouver, BC.  Trained in fine art at the University of Alberta and in animation at Sheridan College in Ontario, she paints primarily in acrylic on wood. By day, she works as a digital artist in the visual effects and animation industry.