The Nanaimo Art Gallery 150 Commercial Street, is presenting Crows Revisited with artists Lee Stead, Marilyn Ridsdale, Julie Sabiston, Rod Corraini, and Mary Jane Jessen from February 8 to 22, 2011. The opening reception is scheduled for Saturday, February 12, 2011, from g2 to 4 pm. For more information call 754-1750.
Artist Lee Stead states, “Creating art has always been a great source of satisfaction for me. The loose impressionistic style of my paintings incorporates my own unique blend of colour, mood, and subject matter. I love to encourage the viewer to take a fresh look at familiar images. My personal style and sense of design in my paintings has always been very influenced by the impressionists Van Gogh and Cezanne. Since 1998 I have celebrated form and shape with clay, an exciting addition to painting. Always eager for new mediums in which to explore and express myself, I participated in several pottery and sculpture classes and workshops, and continue to enjoy the opportunity to portray images in clay, as well as on canvas with acrylic paint. I have followed many artistic paths, always leading back to painting with bright colors and the strong style and whimsy found in my work. And I often include the crows and ravens that might cross my path.”
Marilyn Ridsdale: “In this series, Crows Revisted, using a variety of styles in acrylic, I have tried to express some of my observations of the family corvidae…the common crow. When they cock their heads from side to side you can well imagine the wheels turning inside as they plan their next ingenious move. They call to each other with sounds that seem more like speech than the tweets of song birds. These vocalizations are quite distinct and I wish I knew their language. What are they saying? Will we ever know? Crows have always played a special role in our myths and legends. There is something very compelling about their habits that fascinate us. They seem more intelligent than most and their jet black colouration mysterious and foreboding, great qualities that can encourage works of art. I have a passion for crows, their attitude to life appeals to me. They are resilient, resourceful, and creative. They have strong group bonding, roosting each night in huge colonies, but seem to maintain their individualism during the day. They mate for life . indicating a loyalty and awareness of self and others. They relentlessly search for the scraps that life leaves them; they are survivors. They can also find time to recklessly fly upside down in playful exchanges with other crows, making fabulous curves and whirls in the sky, with no other purpose than joyful play.”
Julie Sabiston: “Crows have two qualities that catch my eye—the first being their streamlined, black shape and the other is their personality. So whether I am looking at a crow as simply a beautiful form or silhouette to capture on canvas, or as a clever, sometimes pesky nuisance, I am fascinated by them. I love watching them cracking nuts on the road, flying in a massive murder of crows to nest at night, or even eyeing me for handouts in the parking lot. Landscape is currently my focus as a painter, and the crow, along with the eagle and sea gull, is a vibrant part of the scene. But the crow has “attitude” and this draws me to them. My aim in this series of paintings is to expand on nature’s patterns —whether they be shifting shadows, receding horizons or drifting clouds and to juxtapose the crow’s quirky vitality against these ever present images.”
Rod Corraini: Rod Corraini is an artist who has resided in Nanaimo for most of his life. He works in a variety of 2D and 3D mediums. His allegorical crow imagery comes from a lifetime of observing these entertaining creatures. Some images are derived from folklore and have a Hitchcockian twist. All his paintings at this show are in oil and explore mankind’s relationship with crows.