Layers: a look at making art 

Squamish school wins award, two new exhibits open

click to enlarge PHOTO SUBMITTED - layered exhibit Nasser Ghaderi's "Where I Lost" will be featured in a new show at Scotia Creek Gallery opening Feb. 4.
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  • layered exhibit Nasser Ghaderi's "Where I Lost" will be featured in a new show at Scotia Creek Gallery opening Feb. 4.

They say it's the journey not the destination, but does that adage also apply to art?

Find out for yourself at Scotia Creek Gallery starting Feb. 4. Layers, a new exhibit running through Feb. 27, features the work of three multi-media artists who demonstrate their varied processes for creating art.

"In the pieces, one can see that this process allowed the artists to observe their own personal growth and the background influences their fine works reflected," a press release explains.

The artists include Nasser Ghaderi, an artist and film producer who puts paint to canvas in unusual ways like throwing and dripping, Sarah Northcott, who adds polymer gel to her acrylic work to either hide or bring out layers, and Kendrick James who layers accidental moments in photography before screen printing them with four-colour separation.

The opening reception will take place Feb. 4 from 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at Millennium Place.

Victoria painter featured in solo show

The Adele Campbell Gallery is hosting a solo exhibit called

Courageously Calm by Victoria artist Laura Harris, beginning on Feb. 2.

A fourth generation Vancouver islander, Harris' work has been called "beautifully imperfect" with bright colours, prominent textures and an air of romance. She's self-taught, though she says her father, who worked as a draftsman, taught her about perspective and technique while encouraging her to be expressive.

Harris worked as a graphic designer until 2001 when she decided to work full-time as an artist. Since then, she's become one of Adele Campbell Gallery's signature artists with a large local draw.

The opening for her exhibit is from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the gallery.

Sanctity of winter opens at Nita Lake Lodge

Bowen Island painter Georgina Farah offers a tribute to winter with her new show Sanctity of Winter at Nita Lake Lodge's Train Station Gallery.

Presented by the White Dog Studio Gallery, the exhibit features her landscape paintings, which play with light using a layered technique. Farah is inspired by the beauty of her west coast home and attempts to capture a moment in time. The exhibit opening is Feb. 1 at Nita Lake Lodge from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

High school play wins award

Howe Sound Secondary School learned this week that its edgy play Dog Sees God — which takes on heavy topics from suicide to sexuality via Peanuts characters — won three major awards at the recent North Shore High School Drama Festival.

David Thomson won outstanding actor, Hayden Billon was awarded outstanding supporting actor and the entire play tied with a West Vancouver high school for outstanding production.

"They were pretty excited," says drama teacher and director Janice Carroll. "It was a great performance, really tight. We had a private and public adjudication with Max Reimer (artistic director of the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company). He was clearly impressed and the kids were really excited about it."

The production will advance to a provincial competition at Douglas College on May 2.

Music fest lineup to be revealed

The recently renamed Squamish Valley Music Festival announced Tuesday that it will be unveiling its lineup for 2013 during a launch party at Vancouver's Commodore Ballroom March 1.

Local indie rockers Yukon Blonde and synth-pop solo act Diamond Rings will also perform. Tickets are available Feb. 1 through Ticketmaster with a limited pre-sale price of $10.27 and additional tickets for $20. The festival is slated to take place Aug. 9 and 10th.

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