New Salmon Arm exhibit explores fears and realities of 2021 wildfires – Salmon Arm Observer

After pollinators comes FireWild at the Salmon Arm Art Gallery.

FireWild is an exhibition featuring 11 artists in a visual exploration of British Columbia’s relationship to wildfires, explains a press release from the art gallery. Opening on Saturday July 9 with a reception between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., the exhibition will continue until August 20, 2022.

Following last year’s heat dome and wildfire emergencies, many artists are driven to express the fear that stemmed from those days of heavy smoke and evacuation orders. Displaced families, entire communities burned to ashes and the blanket of carcinogenic smoke that has descended on this province are part of this story.

This exhibition is an opportunity to show the many faces of forest fires, as a natural element of the forest cycle and a direct consequence of the climate crisis.

From the Salmon Arm area, featured artists are painters Lisa Figueroa, Kathy Atkins and Patricia L. Smith, installation artist Myrna Button, photographers Vanessa Skotnitsky and Lucy Grainger, and digital artist Maria Thomas. Painters Carol Schlosar from Sicamous, Manuela Koller from Kelowna and Liz Toohey-Weise from Vancouver, as well as installation artist Lyn Richards from Kamloops, depict other parts of the province where wildfires have had a significant impact .

FireWild features the work of Maria Thomas, a digital artist participating in the 2022 Marie Manson Virtual Artist Residency. Thomas’ art-making processes will be shared on Salmon Arm Arts Center social media throughout the exhibition, demonstrating collaboration with the art gallery’s curatorial team and knowledge keeper Secwépemc Louis Thomas.

The coffee break and artist talk takes place on Thursday, July 21 at 2 p.m., featuring locally roasted organic coffee and freshly baked cookies. Everyone is welcome. This exhibit is generously sponsored by Mt. Ida Nursery. The art gallery is grateful to its sponsors and supporters for helping to provide a safe gathering place for visitors to interact and consider important social and environmental issues. Admission to the art gallery is by donation, hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

– submitted by Salmon Arm Art Gallery

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