Impressions of Three set to open at Kariton Art Gallery

The show starts Jan. 10 and features the work of three artists

Still Life One by Ken Dawes

The Abbotsford Arts Council presents Impressions of Three, a group exhibition featuring local artists Kathie Selinger, Ken Dawes and Jim Unger, at the Kariton Art Gallery (2387 Ware St.) starting in January.

The exhibition runs from Jan. 10 to Feb. 3, with the opening reception on Saturday, Jan. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Impressions of Three showcases the work of three impressionist artists and how they each perceive nature and the world around them.

Artistic media featured in the exhibit include acrylic paintings by Selinger and Dawes and copper sculpture by Unger.

Selinger (whose painting from her bear series is below) has continually worked with many different colours, exploring their relationships and the use of texture. Creating paintings like those featured in Impressions of Three, which are inspired by travel and landscapes that are filled with texture, line and colour, has become her main interest and fascination. Selinger was born in Vancouver and grew up in Coquitlam and Tsawwassen. She currently lives on a local estate winery in Abbotsford.

“I have always felt the environment in which you grow up and where you choose to live contributes to much of your visual language,” she said.

Dawes’ paintings come from his architectural experience. He uses abstract style, vibrant colour, shape and simplicity of design in his work, which to him is important in creating a successful painting.

Dawes has had a successful career in the field of architecture, designing homes for over 25 years. His designs have been built throughout Canada and the United States.

In 2013, he embraced a new passion – painting. While always interested in the fine arts, Dawes has felt that he has lacked the time for true commitment in this field. He hopes to change this by pursuing new challenges.

Unger’s career in art started a little later than most, so he sometimes “sees things through different eyes.”

He approaches high art by not overthinking what he is trying to convey, but by letting the work itself do the talking. Many of his sculptures give the feeling of flow and movement.

Unger (whose work, Kokopelli, is in photo at left) is a strong believer in the actual craft of a piece – the hands-on or physical building of the sculpture.

Unger was born in 1957 in B.C. Other than a few high school art classes, he is a self-taught artist. He works primarily in metals, specializing in copper, but has been known to pick up a paint brush as well. Unger has shown his work in many places, from the Harrison Arts Festival to the Circle Craft Summer Market in Vancouver.

For more information, contact the Abbotsford Arts Council by phone at 604-852-9358, by email  at info@abbotsfordartscouncil.com, or online at abbotsfordartscouncil.org.

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