Four new exhibitions will open at The Reach Gallery Museum on May 21, ranging in content from Milkshakes and Gasoline, to Conversations and the Port Mann.
Jay Hanscom, originally from Coquitlam now living in Sooke, will take audiences on a nostalgic journey in Milkshakes and Gasoline, which is partially funded by the Hamber Foundation. Drawing on popular culture of the late 20th century, the artist explores constructions of masculinity in his generation. Images of boxcar racers, dart boards, skulls and ray guns recall a particular brand of hyper-masculinity associated with middle-class culture.
In “The Conversation,” Ontario artist David Newkirk pays homage to his artistic influences including Pablo Picasso, Diego Velázquez, and Willem de Kooning in a series of large-scale abstract paintings.
Newkirk views his current practice as a kind of “sacred conversation” between himself and historic and contemporary art and artists. The Conversation is presented in partnership with the Thames Art Gallery and the municipality of Chatham Kent.
In “Port Mann,” Kelowna artist Jane Everett presents audiences with large-scale drawings of the Port Mann Bridge, capturing the moment when construction of the new bridge is underway but the old bridge still exists. The works exalt the scale of the undertaking, while exploring the tension between the manmade and natural environment.
In addition, the exhibition “In The Frame” by the Abbotsford Photo Arts Club will be showing in the south gallery.
Meet the artists at the exhibitions’ opening reception on May 21 at 7 p.m. at The Reach (32388 Veterans Way). Enjoy refreshments, food and music by Amy Zhao. There will be a donor celebration at 7:15 p.m. for all the supporters of the new ScanPro 1100 scanner/printer for the archives.
On May 22 at 1 p.m., join artist Jane Everett at The Reach for a free artist talk with a tour through her Port Mann exhibition.