Missing women inspire emotional art exhibit

From July 12 to 24 Pynelogs will be featuring a new show titled Innovation: A Fresh Look at Art.

The title piece for the upcoming Pynelogs show.

The title piece for the upcoming Pynelogs show.

From July 12 to 24 Pynelogs will be featuring a new show titled Innovation: A Fresh Look at Art.

The show will feature unique and “out of the box” pieces that will consist of the works of Carney Oudendag, Robyn Oliver, Angelique Gillespie, Jessica Gowling, Neal Panton, and a collaboration between Jane Tevelein Doel and Marty Ryan.

The artist opening will take place on June 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Pynelogs.

There will be snacks provided, drinks available, an acoustic guitarist, and the night will be an early chance to see the new show, as well as chat with the artists. It’s a great way to spend a Wednesday night and we would love to see you out.

The collaboration between Jane Tevelein Doel and Marty Ryan will be a viewing experience truly well worth the time to come see.

Their collection, titled Embodiment, is a tribute in the form of porcelain torso flags to women who have disappeared, gone missing, or been murdered.

Originally inspired by the Highway of Tears, where many women are still missing, it also aims to remember those girls and women in the Columbia Valley, Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, and elsewhere.

In her work as both an art teacher and counsellor in the school system, Marty Ryan had encountered families with connections to some of the missing women.

Her friend and clay artist, Jane Tevelein Doell, has worked as a sexual abuse counselor and youth worker in Golden. From their experiences and career choices, it is easy to see why these artists were inspired to take on such a meaningful project.

Marty and Jane asked their friends to be models for body casts done in paperclay medium, and Marty’s experience in metal sculpting helped to devise a hanging system for the finished flags.

The exhibit took nearly two years to complete and now consists of 12 finished torsos which encompass all body types and are embellished with ancient symbols representing rebirth and with the words of Margaret Atwood’s poem A Women’s Issue.

The viewing experience for this traveling exhibit is, as expected, very moving and described by Jane as “pretty emotional and visceral.” The artists themselves also feel the collection’s impact, but feel the works speak for themselves.

We at Pynelogs feel very honoured to have this traveling collection on display for the upcoming show, and we hope many of you come to view the show and help pay tribute to the women this collection honours.

For more information please phone Pynelogs at 250-342-4423.

 

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