By Robin Laurence
DALE MATTHEWS: FROM THEN TILL NOW
Penticton Art Gallery, Penticton. To Jun 19
This solo exhibition of work by Dale Matthews surveys the many forms and directions encompassed by the Okanagan artist’s long career. Born in Rossland, BC, and educated at the Vancouver School of Art, Matthews worked for decades as a designer of architectural interiors for stores, shopping malls, cruise ships and ferries. Since his retirement, he has pursued a passion for watercolour through his affectionate depictions of landscape, including hills and fi elds scattered with old barns and rusting cars.
ALL FOR WATER
Two Rivers Gallery, Prince George. To Jul 4
A powerful current of social, economic, political and environmental questions makes its way through this exhibition, dedicated to the theme and subject of fresh water. The 15 artists represented here, including June Yun, Luke Blackstone, Lori Goldberg and Anna Gustafson, ask us to consider the present health and future availability of our most life-sustaining “resource,” especially within the context of our privileged position as citizens of a country that holds 20% of the world’s fresh water.
A MODERN LANDSCAPE: TAKAO TANABE
West Vancouver Art Museum, West Vancouver. To Jul 17
At the venerable age of 95, Takao Tanabe is the éminence grise of Canadian painting. His acclaimed career spans colourful abstractions of the 1950s and ’60s, reductive Prairie landscapes of the 1970s, and highly detailed, immaculately executed West Coast scenes of the past 40 years. Each of these major phases is represented in an exhibition of paintings and prints drawn from the collection of the West Vancouver Art Museum along with other public and private collections .
EMERGING ARTISTS OF 2021: REDEFINING FINE CRAFT
Circle Craft Gallery, Vancouver. Jun 4 – 30
With more than 130 members throughout British Columbia, Circle Craft is a leading cooperative of craftspeople, its gallery filled with the best of ceramic, glass, metal, jewelry, paper and textile works. For this exhibition, young craft artists were asked to respond to the questions “What guides you?” and “How do you relate to this new, pandemic world?” With its earth tones and rich tactility, Nikki Arasaki’s woven-fibre micro-landscape is exemplary, inviting us to lose ourselves in the natural environment.
WHY THIS WORD
Deluge Contemporary Art, Victoria. Jul 16 – Aug 28
Along with its explorations of various narrative forms used in describing women’s lives, this exhibition is charged with cross-cultural energies and inspirations. Organized by Ying Peng, a Taiwanese curator living in Mexico City, it features the work of two Taiwan-based artists, Hou I-Ting and Wang Yahui, and a Mexican artist based in the United States, Valentina Jager. The show’s title throws the literary and cultural net even wider, inspired as it is by the Ukrainian-born Brazilian novelist Clarice Lispector.
HOLDING A LINE IN YOUR HAND
Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops. Jul 17 – Sep 18
Taking its title from the words of Vancouver-based artist Lyse Lemieux, this show of paintings by fi ve leading Canadian women artists speaks to a bodily engagement with their chosen medium. The show includes works by Lemieux, Rajni Perera, Russna Kaur, Azadeh Elmizadeh and Colleen Heslin, and it gathers strength from their widely varied approaches as well as from their diverse cultural and demographic backgrounds. It also speaks to the current joyful resurgence of painting in Canada.