Exhibition Dates: Nov.2 – 27th, 2022
Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 10:00am – 2:00pm
Inter/Action Event: Nature Art Workshop – Nov. 20th, 12:00 – 2:00pm at the Gallery.
This recent body of work represents the felt landscape of the land that I live on. Each piece begins with observation but moves beyond it, as colour and shape are used to interpret the natural world with curiosity and tenderness. The essential forms and particularities of the landscape serve as the foundation for my mark-making, while my own aesthetic ideas take the pieces somewhere altogether different. These works come from a practice of attending to the details of place, as I regularly walk and watch the way the boulevard gardens, overgrown lots, and sidewalk weeds shift throughout the seasons.
This series is a reflection on how we look to the earth for solace in times of uncertainty. Despite the reality of environmental change on a massive scale, the specific miracles of growth & decay, death & fecundity, that happen daily in a neighbourhood garden offer consolation and, perhaps, hope. These works are grounded in the belief that paying attention is itself a meaningful act.
Julia Soderholm was born in Ontario, and attended Redeemer University, receiving a BA in art in 2013. She also holds a B.Ed from UBC with a focus in art education. Now based in Vancouver, her work has been included in various exhibitions across Canada, including her most recent solo exhibition at the Dal Schindell Gallery in Vancouver. Julia is a full time art teacher in Vancouver, where she has spent the past few years designing and implementing a K-7 Visual Art program.
For more information: www.juliasoderholm.com
Nov. 20th, 12:00 – 2:00pm at the Gallery.
Please join Julia for an art workshop exploring our connection to and perception of place. The workshop begins with a nature walk in Queen’s Park, where participants practice using simple viewfinders with a pencil and paper to capture elements of the landscape that inspire them. Upon returning to the gallery, participants will be instructed in a variety of art techniques using watercolour, sumi ink, and oil pastels. Each person will use these multimedia techniques to create a piece inspired by their plein air drawings. This workshop is suitable for any experience level, and for ages 12 and up