Thurston’s oil paintings reflect the “surreal nature of Nature”. Her intent, to imbue the subject matter with a presence and a sense of mystery beyond their physical forms, is realized in these extraordinary works.
Thurston says: Nature is more than simply an “environment”; beyond the myriad forms, textures, and colours created by Nature there is soul and the only appropriate response to it is awe. When they are observed closely, with wonder, natural objects seem decidedly otherworldly. The paintings function on several levels: to express not only my fascination with small details and objects of the plant world and my belief in the value of actually noticing them, but as well, my sense that the veil between here and the sublime is a thin one.
I have titled the paintings to reflect my relation to them, or their significance to me, because I hope not only to elicit a sense of fascination with Nature but also to comment on my experience of living, feeling and sensing that there is more that lies beyond the surface of things.
In Gallery B: Night Drawings and Recent Works by Jayne Willoughby
Willoughby, a mixed media and textile artist, has a life-long fascination of how objects appear in space. These expressive drawings and large fibre works focus on projecting an illusion of movement through the use of layered color, line and materials.
The Night Drawing Series (2007-2010) in this exhibit are mixed media textile works which have returned home after five years on tour in several prestigious exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe (Germany, Switzerland, Italy, England, Ireland, Netherlands and France). The recent works in this exhibit are mixed media collage, part of an emerging body of work called ‘The Veil Series’.
Join us for the Opening Reception on Thursday, May 8 from 7-9:30 pm.