Local multi-media artist Marilyn Peeters is presenting an exhibition of her forest landscapes this January at the Muir Gallery.
The public is invited to the opening reception for Peeters’ forest landscapes exhibition entitled Through Emotions Eyes Jan. 7 from 7-9 p.m. at the Muir Gallery. Alan Jossul will be the special musical guest.
Peeters is a multi-media artist working and residing in the Comox Valley.
She moved to the Valley in the early 1980s, where she extended her knowledge of art working as a versatile artist.
She volunteered with the Co-Val Choristers theatre group, gaining extensive practice as a set designer and painter.
Because of her experience, many of the downtown merchants offered her mural jobs.
Soon after, she completed her studies in art with a Fine Arts Diploma through North Island College and her Bachelor of Fine Arts with Emily Carr University in 2009.
Peeters has exhibited her work at the Comox Valley Airport, the Muir Gallery, the Comox Valley Art Gallery, in private collections, in restaurants and internationally in Dubai commercial galleries.
Peeters’ values, experiences and spirituality reflect in her art, and she has a strong passion for the natural environment.
When not working on location, she uses her photography as a means of notation to trigger her memories, sensations and imagination so that she may revisit her ephemeral experience of nature with paint. Each of her landscape paintings refers to a particular environment of the local area, yet they are unidentifiable.
Often, her brush strokes are long and expressive, and her colour choices do not represent reality.
Instead, she works from a personal vision of how she perceives it. In each piece, she experiments with various colour palettes; often, she uses texture or a layering technique to create vibration and luminosity. She explores a sensorial perception of nature through her painting process, creating a mood through abstraction that retains a representation of the natural environment.
Through Emotions Eyes runs Jan. 7-29 at the Muir Gallery during gallery hours.
Peeters will give an artist talk Jan. 28 from 1-2 p.m. at the Muir Gallery.
Visit http://marilynpeeters.com for more information about the artist.
The Muir Gallery is located at 440 Anderton Ave. in Courtenay and is open Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4p.m. For more information, contact the gallery at 250-334-2983 or visit www.comoxvalleyarts.org.
— Marilyn Peeters