By Stephen Lebovits
Effusion Art Gallery +
If Seventh Heaven can be loosely interpreted as the state of great joy and happiness, then Effusion Art Gallery + Glass Studio is just about to enter it!
Heather Cuell, Effusions owner and resident artist, threw open the doors of her gallery/studio space almost seven years ago to this day, and has since been bringing some of Canadas most talented and versatile contemporary artists to Invermere and the Columbia Valley region.
Its been a fun and interesting ride so far,” she coyly admits, adding “Im still having fun, discovering new artists, expressing my own creativity and meeting new people.
This year has seen Effusion update its interior as well as its roster of talent.
Upon venturing inside this main street creative hub, youll find the likes of Kimberly Kiel, David Zimmerman, Verne Busby and other notable Canadian talents, but youll also learn about Valerie Allard, Michael Cameron, Danielle Champoux, Shannon Craig, Veronica Funk, Sarinah Haba and Sarah Hillock all new artists to the Effusion fold.
But Effusion is not only a place to showcase Canada-wide talent, its also the showroom for Heathers own work.
Kiln-formed glass has been around since the Bronze Age, however, Cuells twist on it is in using this versatile medium to create more functional/architectural pieces.
I like chunky glass, and my work reflects that, as well as my connectivity to nature, she says.
The scope of Cuells work is vast as she works closely with her clients to create a myriad of custom-made, functional, sculptural and architectural pieces ranging in size from small decorative tiles to featured walls and beyond. Popping into Effusion usually gives you an idea of where Cuells work is presently at, as it proudly stands amongst that of her artistic peers.
Effusion is a place to discover just some of Canadas leading contemporary talent, of which there is abundance, she says.
So, whats up Effusions sleeve for the 2015 summer season?
To kick it all off, Bragg Creek, AB artist David Zimmerman will be creating live, this Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Zimmerman, known for his textured, glossy bear paintings, is a gallery favourite who will be sharing with onlookers some of his artistic secrets.
Effusions Summer Creative Series will be regularly showcasing guest artists as they too create live, on-site for everyone to enjoy, including a solo exhibition by Balgonie, Saskatchewan artist Kimberly Kiel running from July 17th through the 26th.
“Kimberly is a very well-received and busy artist, and for her to take the time to create a large body of work exclusive to Effusion is quite a coup. We are very excited about that! says Cuell.
So, when youre around, why not drop by and check out Effusion. Canada has many very talented artists, some of whose work is right here in town.
David Zimmerman will be at Effusion Saturday, May 16th, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To see Effusions Summer Creative Series line-up, please visit www.effusionartgallery.com/exhibitions.php.