Raft: An Installation by Jane Everett

October 13 to November 1, 2015

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The loon paddles that form the central element of this installation are a reference to the gentle pastimes of the cottage as they existed in the artist’s childhood: a paddle on the lake by day, crafts and games to fill the evenings, and the call of the loon at night. Sadly, the common loon is no longer heard on Lake Okanagan, likely because the ungentle presence of powerboats has destroyed its habitat. The constant wash caused by boating activities erodes the shore where the waterfowl nest. In this installation the painted paddles are gathered together on a raised platform, as though on a raft, the collective term for a group of loons. On the surrounding windows are suspended large-scale waterscapes in oil on drafting film, while fragile wings constructed of rice paper and willow hang from the ceiling. Finally, a video by filmmaker Daniel Cameron documents the movement of light on the surface of the lake anticipating the loon’s appearance. Together these elements celebrate an experience of Canada that is fast disappearing.

Jane Everett has a Fine Arts degree from Queen’s University. Her work has been exhibited across the country and is held in both private and public collections. The artist divides her time between her home in Kelowna and her cottage on the north shore of the Shuswap.

Opening reception Friday, October 23, 7 to 9 pm
This is a free event, open to members and guests by invitation.

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