Big world of Utsal to see

The world is big and there's lots to see but one thing that exists in our universal archetype is the tree.

The world is big and there’s lots to see but one thing that exists in our universal archetype is the tree.

In some parts of the world, they are all around us. In fact, that’s where you live; one of the four temperate rainforests left on this planet.

While everyone wants to grouse on this fact, just stop, and come have a look at Helen Utsal’s latest show Recent Works at the Art Alchemy Studio/Gallery on Oct. 5 from 7 to 10 p.m.

It’s all about the trees here. It’s about a thing that grows up from the ground and becomes a glorious thing.

This is what Helen Utsal’s paintings are about. A blank canvas is turned into a painting that renders one  of the most magnificent sights of B.C.’s west coast: our forests.

Helen’s view of how light hits the myriads of textures found from the ground up in our forests are remarkable. The sense of visual depth that she plays with by using high- and low-intensity hues gives us a sense of proximity.

Her colours can tell you how hot it was, whether it was dusty, if the wind was blowing. All that comes to you when you stand in front of her work.

Some people look at a tree, and it’s got three colours at most. There’s some sort of green, there’s brown and lots of some sort of grey.

Helen has a way of looking at those same colours but they somehow turn into purples, magentas, and electric blues.

Trees may be disappearing but in Helen’s art we can go back to a place that gives us a deep sense of honour for them.

The Art Alchemy Studio/Gallery is at 362C 10th St. in Courtenay. For more information, phone 250-218-2742.

— Helen Utsal

 

Just Posted

Island Health announces addition of 38 beds for seniors care in the Comox Valley

17 beds at Comox Valley hospital; 21 beds at St. Joe’s

VIDEO: North Island Hospital heliport flight testing

Island Health, in conjunction with Helijet, tested the heliports Tuesday as part… Continue reading

Campfire ban coming into effect across West Coast

The Coastal Fire Centre says bans will begin on Wednesday

Change of command at HMCS Quadra

Lieutenant Colonel (Lt.-Col.) Allan Dengis assumed command of HMCS Quadra in a… Continue reading

VIDEO: Visual recap of Vancouver Island MusicFest

Walk Off The Earth, Passenger, Arlo Guthrie among highlights

Trudeau asks transport minister to tackle Greyhound’s western pullout

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s asked Transport Minister Marc Garneau to find solutions in Greyhound Canada’s absence.

Bob Castle’s Under the Glacier cartoon for July 19, 2018

Bob Castle’s Under the Glacier cartoon for July 19, 2018… Continue reading

Special forces unit to monitor Hells Angels ride on Vancouver Island

Enforcement unit says motorcycle club to hold 35th anniversary ride in Nanaimo

Hub for mental health and addictions treatment opens at B.C. hospital

St. Paul’s Hospital HUB is an acute medical unit that includes 10 patient beds

Comox resident refuses to turn his back on his Nicaraguan community

Sean MacKinnon and his partner are hoping to raise funds through a beer and yoga fundraiser Friday

Trade tokens a new form of currency on Hornby Island

Jim Bulmer hopes his tokens will turn a profit for the community

Restaurant Brands International to review policy over poaching employees

One of Canada’s largest fast-food company to review ‘no-poach’ franchise agreements

Calgary family’s vacation ends in tragedy on Texas highway

Three people died and four others were injured in the crash

Union construction cost competitive, B.C. Building Trades say

Non-union firms can bid on infrastructure, but employees have to join international unions

Most Read