Sunday, July 7, 2013

The Langham Gallery, Kaslo - Portrait Project Opening

The Textile Art Show Opening
 'The Portraits Project'
Langham Gallery, Kaslo, BC
July 5 - Aug 18, 2013

The gallery was packed and the buzz was electric for the opening night of the 'Portraits Project' show at the Langham Gallery in Kaslo, BC.  Linda Cole, was the mastermind behind this Textile Show. She  inspired 10  participants and herself to make self portraits with 85% of each piece being textile. Although I didn't know the other participants, it was amazing that our journeys in making our pieces were in some ways similar. Hearing the participants' stories, it was evident how much Linda did to inspire and encourage each of us.
The Prestigious Langham Gallery

 Here is the link to this historical gallery. http://www.thelangham.ca/ 
The community effort in the restoration of the building is something the community must still be proud of.
 
When I travel to Kaslo, I always think it looks like the most ideal place to live. Being situated on Kootenay Lake, surrounded by mountains, everywhere you look is a stunning view. The downtown has many restored buildings and a sternwheeler is docked at the shore!  http://www.kaslo.ca/
 
As an artist, I have often plein air painted in the downtown core and have taken 'years' of reference photos. This trip was no exception and I have THREE new photos I am excited about: pansies in a wheelbarrow, flowers around the porch of a beautifully restored home and a clothesline attached to a motorcycle, in the campground, for my Clothesline Series. Can you tell I love visiting Kaslo!

I hope you can visit this exhibit and if you do, be sure to read the artists' write ups as that really helps to tell the story of the pieces. I will also be posting the textile portraits in following posts. Next time you are in Kaslo, please check out the store 'Your Art's Desire' to see a several artists' work, including my own watercolour paintings.
 
Opening Night
 
Nine of the Eleven Textile Artists
 

3 comments:

Win Dinn said...

Congratulations, Eileen - a wonderful accomplishment, and I'm sure the show was a huge hit!

Laura Leeder said...

Excellent post Eileen, Congratulations of the shows success!
I too love Kaslo!

Suzee said...

Thanks for posting this Eileen! It was wonderful to meet up with you, and I hope to see you again.
Suzanne