An exciting exhibit of colourful, contemporary art will be featured at The Gallery @ Weird Church, opening Nov. 27, 2-5 p.m. Well known Comox Valley Artists Lucy Schappy and Patti DiDiomete are teaming up to brighten and lighten your spirits with their imaginative colours, forms, and expression.
DiDiomete’s interest in art began when she moved to Vancouver Island to pursue her counselling career. She studied art at North Island College and mentored with several established local artists. Her exploration of materials in clay, stone, metal, concrete, paint, and canvas has resulted in the creation of sculpture and paintings which emphasize form and colour. DiDiomete works intuitively and expressively. Her art is a continuous process of self-exploration.
DiDiomete’s new work is more reflective and sensitive. There is a softening of forms with colours that are muted and restrained. The work is being reduced to simple forms that explore the more sensuous and mysterious complexities of nature, through a meditated “mark-making” process. The resulting work is delicate and raw and it exudes a quiet elegance.
Schappy moved to Cumberland in 1991 where she bought her first home. She fell in love with the abundant and spectacular wildness and history of the place. Making art has long been her passion, taking her from her career as a dentist to being a full-time artist. Ultimately, her greatest interest had always been to develop her abstract work, to say something that has not yet been said with paint, and this she now does with flair and joy.
Bold, colorful, and exuberant work is her offering to the world. Included in this show are new works that pay tribute to the wild magic of the land where she finds beauty, inspiration and rejuvenation.
Music for the opening will be provided by Backyard Swing.
The Gallery @ Weird Church is located at 2688 Penrith Ave., Cumberland. Viewing hours are Thursdays and Fridays from 4–6 p.m. and Saturdays from 2-5 p.m., whenever the Gallery sign is displayed.
Shows at The Gallery @ Weird Church are curated by Cumberland resident Joan Udell, whose experience includes a career in teaching at the high school level, a position in regional arts administration and board experience at both local and provincial levels, including serving as chair of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. For more information, contact Joan directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-780-817-6428, or visit www.weirdchurchcumberland.com