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Kate and Jerry Enewold - February 20 through March 20, 2015

posted Mar 27, 2015, 11:59 AM by Executive Director   [ updated Apr 9, 2015, 1:06 PM ]

A couple from Thrums is bringing their varied talents to the VISAC Gallery in a joint exhibition opening later this month.

Kate and Jerry Enewold will be presenting her bead and silver jewellery, joined by woodworker Jerry's paintings and carved masks and doors.

While studying at the Kootenay School of Art's jewelry studio, Kate "fell in love with being a silversmith.

"It became a passion and I thought, 'okay, I've got a new career."

The influences on her work are as varied as her final creations. While choosing  "the colours for most pieces in the daylight, informed by the light and reflections of the natural landscape of my home on the Kootenay River," she is also an avid traveller who gathers ideas and  materials wherever she goes.

“I love to collect new and used beads, art glass, shell, and semi-precious stones from all over the world.  Inspiration comes from ethnic beadwork of other cultures as well as from my own heritage, Celtic and Eastern European. 

" I am drawn to beadwork as a medium because of the sparkle and play of light on the materials.  Sterling silver or gold-filled or plated findings enhance the quality of the finished work.”

While also inspired by his  West Kootenay habitat, Jerry references an inner world when asked about his work.

“I live in a creative universe and it flows through me.  My fascination with the mysteries of the history, and present state of humankind, presents itself in the inner landscapes transformed to the painted surfaces.

" I’m inspired to carve by the rich traditions of the native people of the Pacific Northwest, as well as by my vocation as a woodworker.  My home in Thrums on the Kootenay River provides a natural setting that facilitates the artistic process.”

Their exhibit opens on Friday, Feb. 20 with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m., and continues until March 20. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and until 6 p.m. on Thursday.