A new body of work called I Like Canada and Canada Likes Me produced by Prince George artist Theresa Sapergia will soon be unveiled at Two Rivers Gallery.
The exhibition’s opening celebration is Thursday, Aug. 20 starting at 7:30 p.m. An artist’s talk will be followed by an after event party featuring music by the Eric Tompkins Trio and food courtesy of Sushi Factory Sendo.
Sapergia’s large scale oil paintings on canvas and drawings produced specifically for Two Rivers Gallery come from her longtime interest in utilizing animal imagery as a means of exploring aspects of human behaviour. This work follows from a series of 11 drawings that have been touring the Fraser Fort George Regional District which showing a wide range of creatures, common to the Canadian landscape, each dealing with some kind of mysterious event as it disrupts their world. I Like Canada and Canada Likes Me pictures a kind of post-catastrophe world void of human presence, said Two Rivers Gallery curator George Harris.
“Viewers will find themselves immersed in the environment that Sapergia has painted and in that moment we have an opportunity to consider how we would respond when destiny knocks. Sapergia is also planning to draw directly onto the wall creating what will be a very exciting and fresh exhibition.”
Sapergia lives and works in Prince George where she’s artist and proprietor of Handsome Cabin Boy Tattoo. Her work has drawn international attention and has been shown in Montreal, Vancouver, New York, Los Angeles and elsewhere.
The Aug. 20 opening event will be shared with another exhibit, The Flock: Images of Birds from the Collection. Curatorial assistant Anna Brkie has put together an exhibition that examines our relationship with birds as forms, as symbol and as vehicle for creative exploration.
The Flock offers an engaging view of the place birds hold in our lives.
“Humans have an ancient and unique relationship with birds,” said Brkie. “Despite some obvious physiological differences we share many of the same personality and social traits. This exhibition encourages people to focus on the views they have of birds and to consider where those views originated.”
This exhibition features several different types of media and numerous artists including Ken Ferris, Roy Tomlinson, Betty Kovacic, Damian Stalaston George, Bonnie Jordan, Jean Morrison, Arnold Shives, Paula Scott, Patricia Piddington, Gerald Hushiak, Clemence Wescoupe, Leo Napayuk, Ted Harrison, Clemence Wescoupe and Bertram Charles Binning.
The Aug. 20 opening reception and after party for both exhibits is free and everyone is invited.