Langley artist Suzanne Northcott presents her latest exhibit, Make Do.

Langley galleries showcase a mix of artistic works

A few art showings and musical events Langleyites might want to datebook.

A group of divas is also set to hit Summit Theatre tonight – this group bringing a stronger country flavour to the stage.

Jeanette O’Keeffe and Marlie Collins are the Country Divas, and they’re bringing to life some of the world’s biggest female country artists – the likes of the Dixie Chicks, Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood, and Reba McEntire at Cascades on Thursday, June 8.

This is a “hot new production,” Warwick said.

“The Country Divas deliver a fun and entertaining stage show…” he said, describing O’Keeffe and Collins as song and stage veterans.

“Features include powerful lead vocals, as well as choreography, costumes, audience interaction, and a huge variety of your favourite country hits.”

Tickets for this show are $37.50, with doors opening at 7 p.m. and the show beginning at 8.

Tickets for the show available at the casino’s guest service, by calling 604-530-2211, or by going online to www.ticketweb.ca.

Peek-a-boo raffle benefits LAPS

A limited edition print of a bobcat kitten battling a weed is being raffled off this weekend to benefit the Langley Animal Protection Society (LAPS).

The creator, internationally acclaimed nature artists Terry Isaac, will be making a guest appearance at Gallery 204 on Saturday, June 10, from 5 to 8 p.m., for a solo art show.

As well, he’s leading a sold-out workshop, hosted by Gallery 204’s own Shelley Garries, on Sunday in the downtown Langley gallery space.

Isaac’s career started out in the late 1980s, after a recommendation from Robert Bateman. The U.S.-born artist, who now calls Canada home, had his work published by Mill Pond Press – the same company that Bateman was with.

Now a renowned painter in his own right, this Salem-born artist is known for his realism paintings of wildlife.

He hopes this and all the pieces in his show, The Beauty of Nature, depicts that.

“I draw my inspiration from observing nature, always on the lookout for ‘magical moments’,” Isaac said.

“Seeing a particular setting is what usually initially inspires me. I then consider which bird or mammal will go well with that scene. I like to capture particularity, avoid stylizing, and expose the uniqueness that everything in nature possesses.”

He explains how he edits and manipulates the composition until he is satisfied, using abstract shapes and creating a painting that has a sense of depth.

“I work background to foreground – general to specific, striving to create something that is captivating and pleasing to look at,” Isaac said.

“I feel incredibly blessed to be able to do something I have such a passion and love for.”

As a longtime fan of both animals and nature, he has chosen to donate the framed, limited edition giclée print, called Peek-a-Boo, to the gallery. And Garries has chosen to raffle it off for LAPS.

The gallery is located upstairs at 20408 Douglas Cres., and for more information, people can visit www.gallery204.ca.

Couple tackles new, joint exhibit

Artists and partners David Kimura and Suzanne Northcott are once again joining forces on a show at Fort Gallery this month.

The pair have combined efforts in past, and in this joint exhibition they’re exploring themes of availability and immediacy, said gallery manager Margaret Campbell.

An opening reception is being held Friday, June 9, from 7 to 9 p.m., and the show, which started Wednesday, will carry through until June 25.

Both Northcott and Kimura are members of the non-profit artist collective that runs the Fort Gallery, and they’re no strangers to Fort Langley gallery fans.

Kimura’s exhibit Perimeter, features photographs that embrace the notion of finding inspiration in your immediate environment.

“Too often, I bring my camera to venues that I believe will have potential, but I have found by observing without bias, you don’t have to go far,” said Kimura. “That creative potential can be found by a re-examination of the familiar. My photographs were taken on the property where Suzanne and I live. Some are distant shots, others inside the house.”

Meanwhile, Northcott’s Make Do, encompasses a collection of paintings, textile pieces, and garments that explore using or reusing what is readily available.

“With this collection, I am making or using what I have on hand, things I find in second hand stores, and beautiful handwoven textiles from India,” Northcott explained.

“Many pieces I have embellished with a simple stitch, called ‘sashiko’ in Japan or ‘kantha’ in India. The palette is influenced by the colours of indigo dyes used in both of these cultures,” she added.

Her paintings series is called Murmurations, “the beautiful word for a flock of starlings.” The marks are like tiny stitches, the whole reinvents itself over and over from the same elements. The resulting patterns transcend the bird, hint at an endless cycle.”

The gallery is open Wednesdays to Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. at 9048 Glover Rd. For more information, people can call the gallery at 604-888-7411 or visit fortgallery.ca.

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A photograph by Langley’s David Kimura.

Spirit of the Rainforest is another of Terry Isaac’s paintings.

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