General News · 27th August 2019
Text R Weyler, Pics R Trueman
Art by Monika Beal, Lisa Gibbons, Donna Naven & Amy Robertson
I felt stunned by the quality, depth, and brilliance of the show that opened Friday night at the Old Schoolhouse Gallery on Cortes Island. This show could reasonably appear in Toronto, New York, Paris, or anywhere in the world.
The vision feels both modern and timeless, and the artistic skill of these artists appears seasoned by many years of dedication to their craft. Monika Beal creates images, vessels, and figures from fabric, thread, feathers, buttons, and beads, in soft and delicate tones. Donna Naven's stone carvings combine Neolithic and modern sensibilities. Amy Robertson's cedar weaving merges primal, cultural function with modern adornment and aesthetic. And Lisa Gibbons creates mixed media images inspired by coastal landscapes, wild creatures, and her sense of invisible spirit.
The artists call this show "OSSA: Divine Structures," emphasizing eternal relationships in nature, life, and art. Ossa refers to the bones of living beings, the indestructible qualities that hold transitory life. The objects and images link to our ancestry, wild and eternal structures, and the the spirit of life. Mystery permeates these ethereal works.
"The work is a tribute to my maternal lineage," says Amy Robertson, "exploring the vessels of humanity where we fit inside and are held." Lisa Gibbons says, "These works are intuitive landscapes, reflecting the seen and unseen. The power of healing emerges from this more-than-human world."
The OSSA show will run for two weeks at the Old Schoolhouse Gallery, open Saturdays and Sundays 2:00 to 6:00, and Fridays 7:00 to 9:00. On Friday evening, August 30, the artists will present an artists' talk and a short film about the work. If you love great, inspired art, don't miss it.
Amy Robertson, weaving, and Donna Naven, stone