It is always a pleasure for the Artym Gallery to bring Angela Morgan — the Canadian painting sensation — to Invermere for her annual summer show.
Falling in July this year, the show takes place right in the middle of the summer, guaranteeing an amazing turnout. Renowned for her whimsical paintings of people having summertime fun, Morgan has become a force to be reckoned within the contemporary Canadian art scene.
She is a fresh young artist creating unique, figurative paintings in a world of landscapes. Recognized for her dedication, her individuality and her vision, Morgan has become a household name in recent years, and now shows her original paintings all over the world.
Perhaps her most recognizable series of paintings is her portrayal of older women in bathing suits, unashamedly having fun at the beach — swim caps, water-wings, inner tubes and all. She paints children doing all the things children do — dressing up, experiencing nature and imagining worlds, and just plain getting into trouble. For this show she will also have a few pieces that are a bit more romantic in nature with soft light and intense colour.
With over 40 paintings, this show promises to have something that everyone will love. Her subjects range from fabulous cocktail parties and martini moments right down to boys and the creepy crawly things that kids love to explore, rounded out with Morgan’s absolute favourite beach paintings that she hopes will give people a good giggle and a sigh.
Although all of the paintings will be on the website (check them out at www.artymgallery.com) before the show, there are no presales. The doors open at 10 a.m. on Saturday (July 21), so those who line up will get first chance at the fresh paintings. If you can’t line up, the phone will be answered and the email will be checked at 10:15 a.m.
Morgan will arrive at the gallery around noon and will be doing a painting demonstration outside the gallery (weather permitting — she may be working inside if it rains). She hasn’t painted at the Artym for close to five years, so this is a special opportunity to watch her work. Her ability to create a unique painting with her large, sure brush strokes and vibrant colours is not to be missed.
As evening approaches, the fun continues at an evening reception at the Artym Gallery. You have seen Morgan at work, so it is only fair to see her at play — join her from 6 to 9 p.m. in a more relaxed social setting. For updates before and on the day of the show, follow @ArtymGallery on Twitter, or check www.artymgallery.com.
—Submitted by Deanna Berrington