A day of local art, food and drink will have art lovers “Going Places” at Parkside
Parkside Victoria Resort & Spa is showcasing local painters Erica Messing, Shari Young and Jonathan Gleed in “Going Places,” a creative exploration of our environment through acrylic and watercolour on Saturday May 7, 2011 from 1-3pm and 7-9pm.
Art enthusiasts are invited to attend this free cultural event, which will feature new works from the three artists intermingled in the natural setting of Parkside's glass atrium, adorned with rare tropical gardens and fish-filled ponds.
“Going Places” will also provide delicious wines and cheeses in an inviting, reception style atmosphere.
“We are delighted to be hosting 'Going Places' and to celebrate local art with our community, whether it's locals or visitors to Victoria,” said Hotel Operations Manager Trina White. “Events like this help us enliven the experience of our owners and guests at the resort and bring the culture and colour of Victoria right to them.”
“Going Places” resonates for the resort and for the painters involved in the exhibition. “The theme 'Going Places' felt so right for this show,” said acrylic painter Erica Messing. “It feels curious and hopeful, just as a painter feels at the beginning of every piece, knowing that it will be an adventure but not knowing exactly where it is going to take you.”
About the Artists:
Erica Messing fell in love with BC during a family trip to the Kootenays. A prairie girl whose existence was marked by the swings between the extreme heat and cold of Winnipeg, her move to BC provided an evergreen and ever-growing calmness. She chooses her landscape subjects based on depth, light, movement, and patterns of texture and colour. She paints to communicate the feelings she experienced in a place.
Shari Young began watercolour painting in 2006. Hobby became passion as she strove to express her connection with her subjects, while experiencing the beauty and challenges of the medium. She was forced to slow down, focus, and find depth and balance in the face of frustration. Painting is an escape and a discipline, the process both simple and complex, providing peace as she travels the path of artistic spirituality and self- discovery. As humbling as watercolour is, Shari is now celebrating her mistakes as well as her successes.
Jonathan Gleed's passion is to capture that seemingly mundane fragment in time and reveal its true nature as a beautiful place at an exceptional moment. In doing so, he is finding more meaning and order in this strange and wonderful existence. Jonathan has spent his entire life actively pursuing that creative outlet - from photography, to writing and television production, to painting - and he discovered that working with the brush is his true calling.