Mind message: Called Wounded Knees

Mind message: Called Wounded Knees

Show focuses on dark time

Salmon Arm Art Gallery presents “Dark Nights,” an exhibition of 10 artists’ multi-media works celebrating the time of darkness

  • Dec. 3, 2014 6:00 p.m.

Salmon Arm Art Gallery presents “Dark Nights,” an exhibition of 10 artists’ multi-media works celebrating the time of darkness.

The opening reception is 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, instead of the usual Friday night opening.

The event will feature live music by Bernd Hermanski, and delicious refreshments.

The exhibition features works by Jen Dyck, Elaine Holmes, Lois McLeod, Herald Nix, Sharyn Olfert, Otto Pfannschmidt, Barry Rafuse, Marg Robertson, Rebecca Shepherd and Judy Sims.

Each artist was challenged to break all the rules about light and dark, and explore this realm that revolves around the solstice.

Experience the gallery during the darkest nights on Thursdays when the gallery will be open until 8 p.m. throughout December.

Jen Dyck explains that “Wounded Knees,” pictured above, comes from a dream.

“The setting is a theatre. Practically everyone there has a wounded knee or is in the process of acquiring one,” she says. “I happen to have a peg in mine and a friend is trying her best to pull the damn thing out.  The actors are rehearsing, pretending to be dogs – and a couple of them get carried away and start biting people in the legs.

“I yell at them to go lie down.”

Dyck says her collages don’t necessarily reflect the literal truth of her dreams but they do begin there.

The Dark Coffee Break is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, where dark brooding artists will be discussing their work, and eating dark chocolate, says gallery director/ curator Tracey Kutschker.

The artist trading card session is on Tuesday, Dec. 9 from 3  to 4 p.m., with dark collage materials to create and trade cards.

Family Saturdays continue to Dec. 20, with a special Elves Workshop scheduled for Dec. 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Families with children of all ages are invited to make Christmas tree decorations at four separate stations.

Regular gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is by donation.

runs December 5 to 20, 2014.