WASAGAMING — Wasagaming Community Arts is preparing its fifth and sixth exhibitions of the 2014 season, with artists Brenna George, who paints in her studio in Winnipeg, and Nicole Myker, who works currently in Cold Lake, Alta.
George’s “Handling Chaos” is a series of diptych paintings on canvas of plein-air tangled vegetation and other works depicting mothering in chaos.
An active member of Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art, George has come to appreciate and cope with the joys and challenges of living with small children while making art.
In the diptych series, each piece represents organizing chaos and a matching piece in which she lets “the chaos fly,” doing the organized chaos in the morning while the energy is there, and the “flying chaos” later in the day when she is tired.
In “Crude,” Myker expresses her lifelong fascination with machinery and the oil industry.
She speculates about the effects of equipment that literally dwarfs the human body but challenges the skills of the operator to protect the surroundings in which it works.
Pump jacks rotate in wheat fields while steel arms reach to the sky and pipe after pipe is drilled into the ground to reach the black gold.
Incorporating processed and used motor oil into charcoal on tar paper, Myker strives to achieve a dramatic infusion of colour and reality.
Both exhibitions open this Friday and run through Wednesday, Aug. 13, with an opening reception Friday at 8 p.m., to which all are invited.
WCA president Mary Louise Perkins said the two exhibitions reveal two different sides or views of the world of art — “one, as practised and embraced by a mother using her artistic skills to advance her understanding of the world in which she practises her craft; the other showing the beauty that can be found in as perhaps an unlikely place as the oil industry.”