Christine van Reeuwyk
Oak Bay News
Eclectic Gallery will seed a new crop of artwork for its Autumn Salon.
“It’s an opportunity to show our pool of gallery artists. We often give them a solo show or small group show, this gives them another opportunity to show new work,” said John Taylor, of Eclectic. “Artists are always painting, you just can’t wait until they have 20. This way we get to harvest the fresh crop of paintings they’ve produced over the summer.”
The recent work of Jennifer McIntyre highlights the opportunity a post-summer showing can offer. She’s been with the gallery most of its seven years of operation and recent work is a departure from her usual.
“This is complete departure from what she’s been doing and I love it,” Taylor said.
The former art teacher shares her knowledge, and he feels, had a breakthrough with this work. It’s indicative of what they want to showcase with the 10- to 12-artist show featuring two-to-four works each.
“We wanted to show things other than our plein air. There are a lot of talented plain air artists in Victoria, this kind of takes it in a new direction,” Taylor said. “September always signals the beginning of the art season. It’s often when the artists present new work. Now they have a lot of new selection.”
The lineup includes French artist Alain Jean-Bart together with works by Desiree Bond, Peter Dowgailenko, and award-winning artist Judy McLaren.
New to Eclectic is Sheila Watson, with her colourful still life assemblages.
Meet the artists on Sept. 19 from 3 to 5 p.m. The show runs Sept. 14 to Oct. 31 at Eclectic Gallery, 2170 Oak Bay Ave. Visit eclecticgallery.ca online for more information.