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Oak Bay Artists’ Exhibit – November 2022

Oak Bay Artists' Exhibit - November 2022

Oak Bay Artists’ Exhibit – November 2022

The November  Oak Bay Artists’ Exhibition is a hybrid of open studios at artists’ homes, and an exhibition space at the Monterey Centre.  Here’s a link to the brochure, listing all the participating artists.

The Art Caravan exhibition at the Monterey Recreation Centre  includes handcrafted notebooks and journals, photo and original art greeting cards, postcards, and bookmarks for sale.

Days of Christmas, greeting cards from original photo images, T. Vatrt

Days of Christmas, greeting cards from original photo images, T. Vatrt

Original prints, including recent mini print collages, are available.  Older works are also included.

touchstones, 1/1, 2022, T. Vatrt (collagraph, relief, chine collé) 8 x 10"

touchstones, 1/1, 2022, T. Vatrt

Sacred Ground, T. Vatrt, intaglio, embossing

Sacred Ground, T. Vatrt, intaglio, embossing

The exhibition at Monterey Center is Saturday, November 5  (10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) and Sunday, November 6 (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

Days of Christmas, greeting cards from original photo images, T. Vatrt

Days of Christmas, greeting cards from original photo images, T. Vatrt

Joy spread through Colour

Joy spread through colour was Henri Matisse‘s definition of modern art.  I can tell you that seeing  Matisse: The Cut Outs Paper Cuts  at MoMA was, indeed, a joyful experience.

A decade or two ago,  I saw a show of Matisse cut outs in Washington, D.C.  The power of those pieces has stayed with me all these years. More recently, a favourite art professor often praises Matisse, claiming he is the foremost artist of the 20th century.

MoMa collaborated with the Tate Modern to produce this extensive show.  The work is displayed chronologically, which helps understand the development of paper cutting in Matisse’s art practise.

As I understand it, the paper cuts weren’t originally intended to be the finished pieces of art. Matisse used cut out pieces of paper to plan designs (just like the aforementioned art professor advises his students.)  After the printing of his book, Jazz, he was disappointed with the result.

He wrote to the publisher, Teriade,  “The artist who made the picture comes away with the impression that is picture has been destroyed, and he loses every hope of it being understood by means of this approximate reproduction.”

Despite Matisse’s reservations, Teriade persisted, and eventually, Jazz was published, to great success.

Jazz

Pierrot's Funeral

Pierrot’s Funeral

And, thankfully, Matisse persisted with the cut outs.  In a letter to Pierre Bonnard, he wrote, “Instead of drawing and then applying colour, I draw direct with the colour.”

The Horse, The Rider, and the Clown

The Horse, The Rider, and the Clown