oxygen art centre
Blue night is like the HOV lane of art openings. It only takes two to make it happen and it looks like there is growing interest in this fast lane. Memories of the great excitement and crowds at ArtWalk of summers past are the root of the inspiration to create an event that combines multiple art events in a single evening.
Thursday December 20th is the first blue night. It begins with an opening at the Capitol Theatre from 5 to 7 pm featuring the encaustic work (painting with pigment and hot wax) of Boukje Elzinga, Bridget Corkery and Deb Thompson. From there people are encouraged to wander over to Oxygen Art Centre in the back alley on the other side of Baker Street behind Hipperson’s Hardware for the Opening of Lylian Klimek: Rescue – My Landscape. The show opens at 7pm and the Calgary artist and avid hiker will give a talk at 8pm. Last but not least the art viewing public are invited to walk back up to Ourglass on Ward Street and see the newest wood tile mosaics made of reclaimed lumber by artist Brian Kalbfleisch.
Oxygen Art Centre presents
Lylian Klimek: Rescue – My Landscape
Opening reception Dec.20th 7 – 10pm and artist talk 8pm, a blue night event.
Oxygen Art Centre is pleased to announce the opening of Rescue – My Landscape, a mixed media installation by Calgary-based artist Lylian Klimek. Based on her research into environmental remediation techniques, Klimek combines natural and manufactured materials to create her own re-imagined landscapes. Through her artwork, Klimek invites us to reflect on our complex relationship with the natural world.
Klimek’s visual poetics are evocative yet open ended. Tree stumps doused in bright green paint have their roots reflected by a mirror below. Lime green netting hangs close by, perhaps to protect or entangle. A column of orange and green swatches on the wall seems to announce the prescribed colours of fall leaves.
The exhibition is open from December 21 to February 9, Wed – Sat from 1 – 5pm
Call for submissions
Oxygen Art Centre is an artist-run multidisciplinary centre in Nelson, BC that provides space and programming for artists and the public to engage in the creation, study, exhibition and performance of contemporary art in all disciplines. The goals of Oxygen Art Centre are to stimulate the creation, exhibition and discussion of contemporary art in all disciplines, to stimulate rural cultural development and professional practices in rural artists, to engage in community development through art-based projects, to achieve diversity in all programming and to pay nationally recognized fees and professional rates to all artists.
Oxygen Art Centre is particularly interested in work with regional relevance, cross-discipline work and work that engages audiences in participatory processes. The Oxygen residency and exhibition program is both by invitation and submissions from professional artists. Proposals are accepted on an ongoing basis and are reviewed once or twice a year in December and June when necessary. Residencies and exhibitions are typically planned two years in advance.
Please consult the Oxygen Art Centre website for specific submission guidelines.