Date: February 14 • 2020
End date: March 12 • 2020

February Exhibitions Opening Reception

February 14 • 7 pm to 9 pm • 1120 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam

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Marlene Lowden

Blind Contour Homage Series

Oil Paintings in the Atrium Gallery

This series emerged from Marlene Lowden’s captivation with female Canadian artists, many of whom are significantly under-recognized in the Canadian art canon. Their contributions deserve to be celebrated as expressions of dedication, endurance and rebelliousness. With a desire to educate herself about female artists in Canada’s history, Lowden studied the lives and practices of skilled female artists from several regions, each with diverse cultural heritages. She was awed by the challenges they faced and the sacrifices they made to pursue art as their life’s purpose.

Lowden’s encounters with this work transformed her understanding of Canadian art history. Thus, this exhibition operates as an homage to those artists whose work was overlooked and turned aside, even as it helped to shape the Canadian aesthetic landscape we know today.

The title Blind Contour Homage Series addresses the style of drawing which provides the base for each piece. This style allows Lowden to study each of the historical works closely, giving her the freedom to recreate them with her own marks. Lowden then imbues her stylized process upon each piece, balancing the original features of the painting with her gestures in a process that becomes almost collaborative.

Due to the types of conversations these pieces are designed to spark, Lowden hopes to inspire a new generation interested in art history, compelling adults and children alike to investigate what still lies within the shadows of Canada’s artistic cultural fabric.

Instagram: @marlenelowden

Facebook: @JustPracticewithMarlene

Suite E Life Drawing Society

The Human Landscape

Various Mediums in the Leonore Peyton Salon

Please note: the Leonore Peyton Salon is a multi-purpose space; therefore, viewing times are limited. Please call 604.664.1636 for viewing availability prior to your visit.

Members of the Suite E Life Drawing Society create work in a variety of styles and mediums and from various perspectives. Each artist’s perspective illustrates their distinctive vision of how they see the landscape around us including natural, cultural and man-made elements. This exhibition showcases how the artists have captured the ways humans create and participate in the landscape on this planet.

Suite E Life Drawing Society is a life drawing group that has been meeting for more than 40 years in the Coquitlam area and is currently operating out of the Evergreen Cultural Centre.  The group meets once a week in the evenings to draw professional life models. Suite E Life Drawing Society members have participated in several shows at a variety of venues, including the Port Moody Art Centre, Leigh Square and Place des Arts.  Many of the members are also members of other art organizations, including the Port Moody Art Association and the Federation of Canadian Artists.

Facebook: Suite E Life Drawing Society

Clarissa Banos

The Endless Braid…

Acrylic Paintings in the Mezzanine Gallery

Clarissa Banos’ Latin American heritage inspires her artwork and fuels her creativity. Through her colourful acrylic paintings, Banos showcases indigenous women as the axis of a magical, mystical universe, and she proudly celebrates her ancestral roots, honouring the traditions, idiosyncrasies and folklore that compound her culture.

The “Day of the Dead” celebration is an anticipated, powerful event that acknowledges death as an intrinsic part of life. During this celebration, beautifully decorated “ofrendas” (altars) are carefully built in each household and cemetery to welcome spirits back to the realm of the living. Marigolds reign as the official “Flor de Muertos” (Flower of the Dead), and their scent attracts Monarch butterflies arriving from the north, who are recognized as wandering souls returning to their place of rest. “Calaveras Catrinas” (Elegant Lady Skulls), the celebration’s most ubiquitous symbol, parade the streets wearing fancy garments, shells and other noisemakers to rouse the dead and keep them close at all hours.

Life is a sacred thread of cultural lineage carrying within it the seeds of love, identity, wisdom, strength and compassion, transcending limitations of time and space. Death does not distress the ongoing transmission of this legacy, but it becomes a necessary transition to new beginnings, the renewal of life itself through an endless braid… 

Facebook: @ClarissaBanosArt

Instagram: @clarissabanosart

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