Who: Vernon Public Art Gallery
What: Exhibition Opening Reception | Dark Woods (Revisited), Emergence, and Overcoming the Darkness
When: Thursday, May 24, 2018
Where: Vernon Public Art Gallery

Derek Besant, The Dark Woods (Revisited) #2, 2018, thermal ink transfer on vinyl scrim veil, 56 x 98 in

Explore a forestscape of multi-media flora and fauna, text fragments and mystery in the The Dark Woods (Revisited).

The Board of Directors and Executive Director, Dauna Kennedy Grant, invite you and a guest to the opening reception of The Dark Woods (Revisited) by Derek Besant, Emergence by UBCO BFA Graduates, and Overcoming the Darkness by The Bridge Youth and Family Services at the Vernon Public Art Gallery. Enjoy an evening of music, contemporary art, punch, and appetizers on Thursday, May 24th at VPAG.

“It is my pleasure to welcome back Canadian artist, Derek Michael Besant to the Vernon Public Art Gallery with his latest exhibition The Dark Woods (Revisited). Recognized internationally for his large-scale photo-based works we are thrilled to bring work of this calibre to the North Okanagan. Emergence is an annual exhibition here at the VPAG, where we get the opportunity to showcase the creative, dynamic work being produced locally at the post-secondary level.”

-Dauna Kennedy Grant
VPAG Executive Director

Besant’s exhibition titled The Dark Woods (Revisited) stages a site-specific installation of printed shaped veils and a large scale 15-minute looping video projection. The out-of-focus close-up images of trees and forest flora create a dense visual environment for the viewers to decode possible hidden narratives suggested by text fragments incorporated in some images. Besant will be in attendance at the opening reception and will give an Artist Talk during the reception.

The exhibition Emergence is produced by selected graduating students from the UBC Okanagan BFA program. This exhibition consists of a selection of works of six emerging artists which include painting, screen printing, sculptural installation, photography and fibre art.

Overcoming the Darkness is an exhibition by the youth at the Bridge Youth and Family Services Express Yourself Group, a therapeutic art program. For the past 8 weeks, youth have been exploring the healing power of art and community as they participated in weekly expressive arts workshops. Express Yourself provided a safe space for youth to share experiences of homelessness, substance use, mental health concerns, marginalization and loneliness.

Join us for the opening reception of these three diverse exhibitions on Thursday, May 24, 2018, from 6-8 p.m. at the Vernon Public Art Gallery. Open to the public, admission is by donation.

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