Cumberland Art Exhibit Bringing Together the Work of Four Friends – Comox Valley Record
Artist Ed Varney reflects, “Everyone is a stranger to everyone else, really, and sometimes we are even strangers to ourselves, which allows some sort of existential element to seep through.
foreigners, the most recent exhibition at The Gallery @ Weird Church is a collection of the works of four close friends who cherish and celebrate their relationship to each other’s art.
Ed Varney holds a master’s degree and has extensive experience in the print industry, including writing, editing and intermedia art. Her style is eclectic with her drawing skills emerging as the strongest element. He uses social commentary, humor and fantasy as key elements in his work. Varney is also a poet and has published numerous books and collections of his poetry, including DRIFT: Poems and Poets of the Comox Valley (co-edited with Dan Kirk) and DADA zine, an ongoing compilation of art and ideas by many artists around the world.
Jeff Hartbower has been a woodworker for as long as he can remember, from building ships in Quatsino to furniture making in Vancouver. Retirement allowed him to focus on his artistic cabinetmaking, which is sculptural. He uses local woods for his creations, including Sitka spruce, red cedar, Douglas fir and alder. Cartoonish humor with a satirical twist permeates his work.
Bill Friesen attended the University of Manitoba School of Art and continued to make art during his police career. Friesen’s work for the exhibition includes both drawing and sculpture, including recycled steel and marine canvas. Friesen ran a giant puppet-making workshop at Weird Church, so he knows the space well and is complimentary about the community outreach that is a hallmark of the ministry.
Marci Katz makes art with a variety of mediums including charcoal, pastel, and mixed media. His series of small drawings entitled The story of my life will appeal to women of all ages. Katz is happy to show her work along with that of her friends and values Weird Church as an important cultural venue.
foreigners opening on May 7 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The opening music will be performed by Kybor Tylor.
The Gallery @ Weird Church is located at 2688 Penrith Avenue, Cumberland. Hours of operation are Thursdays and Fridays 4-6pm and Saturdays 2-5pm whenever the Gallery sign is displayed.
Shows at The Gallery @ Weird Church are curated by Cumberland resident Joan Udell, whose experience includes a career teaching at the secondary level, a position in regional arts administration and local council experience. and provincial, notably as president of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. For more information, please contact Udell directly at [email protected] or 1-780-817-6428, or visit www.weirdchurchcumberland.com
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