Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil by Ann Swanson Gross. A retrospective of Swanson Gross’ work will open at the Kootenay Gallery on Aug. 28. (Submitted photo)

Local artists featured in upcoming Kootenay Gallery showcases

On Aug. 28, the Kootenay Gallery will open two new exhibitions

On Aug. 28, the Kootenay Gallery will open the first two new exhibitions since its post-Covid shutdown schedule.

The two shows share a theme of the domestic from a feminine perspective.

The East Gallery will feature the art of one of the West Kootenay’s premier artists, Susan Andrews Grace. In the West Gallery, a retrospective of the late Winlaw artist Ann Swanson Gross will be offered.

These exhibitions will be up until Oct. 31.

Andrews Grace has created a body of work titled Domestic Fetishes.

Andrews Grace says “My fetishes are power objects relative to the world of an artist and woman who has done a heck of a lot of domestic work. These are not the titillating fetishes of public imagination but more akin to the original fetish, an inanimate object used for spiritual purposes. Mine are made with the female gaze in mind and carry funny-bone benefits. They invite the collaboration of the viewer in making sense of everyday objects and materials.”

The exhibition explores themes of marriage and domestic life through a variety of media.

The two dimensional and three dimensional art objects are subtle, profound and occasionally outrageous. Please be advised some elements of the exhibition have a mature theme.

The second show opening on Aug. 28 is Reflections: An Ann Swanson Gross Retrospective.

This show comes from the Slocan Valley community where Swanson Gross spent most of her life up until she passed away in 2018. The foundation of the exhibition is a collection of works from Cindy and Richard Moser, which Cindy donated to the gallery prior to her own death.

Valley residents Sam Simpson and Ann Harvey approached the gallery about creating a show of Swanson Gross’s work.

The two have acted as the bridge between the Slocan Valley community and the gallery staff to bring works from a wide variety of friends and family.

Swanson Gross’s work is deeply personal.

Sometimes it reflects a somber or troubled soul. At other times, it is celebratory.

The artist created two dimensional images, often large scale work with fibre-tipped water based pens. While her subjects were often friends and family, she created numerous self portraits.

Her other primary artistic outlets were clay sculptures, many of rubenesque female figures. A cross section of both paintings and sculptures will be on display, alongside a portfolio of cards she had gifted friends over the years.

In lieu of an opening event, a come-and-go style open house will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 25.

To avoid crowding, there will be no formal speeches and admittance to the gallery will be limited to 50 people at one time.

Other pandemic protocols will be in place and masks are recommended.

Everyone is welcome to attend this free event.

Due to the pandemic, the Kootenay Gallery is currently open limited hours, from 12 to 4 p.m., Thursdays to Saturdays.

The Gallery is located at 120 Heritage Way, across from the airport, between the Doukhobor Discovery Centre and the West Kootenay SPCA.

Arts and culture

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

viaSport celebrates National Coaches Week

Go online and post a photo and comment of your favourite coach in honour of National Coaches Week

Trail RCMP report golf course break-in, lost child and more

Anyone with information about the Birchbank break-in is asked to call the Trail RCMP

Rossland resident Aerin Bowers completes 19-km swim along Christina Lake

Bowers said her dad inspired her to complete the epic adventure

Archibald’s Aircraft

First plane at the Trail airport circa 1929

Without federal aid, the future of B.C. air transport is bleak

Air traffic remains down 75 to 85 per cent

B.C. reports 91 new cases as officials remain worried over ‘clusters of COVID-19

There have now been a total of 8,395 cases in B.C. since the pandemic began

Four more cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

There are 31 active cases in isolation in the health region

Canada’s active COVID-19 cases top 10,000 as daily new cases triple over the past month

Dr. Tam repeated her warning to young people, who have made up the majority of recent cases

First 8 months of fatal overdoses in B.C. have now exceeded 2019 death toll

Nine people died every two days in August, BC Coroners Service data shows

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Liberal effort to reset policy agenda panned by rivals as too much talk, not action

Trudeau said it’s ‘all too likely’ families won’t be able to gather for Thanksgiving next month

Totem pole considered cultural appropriation removed from Nelson’s Hume School

The pole had also become rotted and was seen as dangerous to students

‘Show us the money’ for cannabis, local governments tell B.C.

Municipal tax, transit revenues falling as costs rise

Most Read