“Road to Twin Lakes” by Armand F. Vallée

Emerging and elevated

Hawkes and Valée showing at Artym Gallery

Submitted by Artym Gallery

This Saturday, August 24th, The Artym Gallery will be hosting an exhibition with two artists: Erica Hawkes and Armand F. Vallée.

Erica Hawkes was born and raised in northern B.C., studied design in Denver, Colorado, and finished her degree at VCC in Vancouver. She has been inspired by Canada’s Group of Seven, but has taken that style and made it her own calling it Nouveau 7. Her landscapes are the classic Group scenes with an influence from the Art Nouveau movement at the turn of the 20th century. Over the years this emerging artist has broadened her compositions to include Okanagan Lakes, amazing cloud formations, and stunning sunsets.

Much can be said about Armand F. Vallée; in fact books have been written about him. Born in 1921 (Austria), and passing away in 2009, Mr. Vallée studied, sketched, and painted in Europe. He survived the terrors of WWII, and immigrated to Canada in 1951 where a wealth of possibilities awaited. Mr. Vallée hit his stride in the 1980s, creating dozens of paintings from several different series of works. The Lascaux Cave series, Kananaskis series, Alpine series, Heritage series have been snapped up by collectors over the years. Since his passing a decade ago, some of his works have become available once again, and the Artym Gallery also has some paintings that were released for sale by his estate. Hawkes paintings display so well with Vallee’s, that the gallery couldn’t resist showing them both together.

Over 30 new paintings from Erica Hawkes, and about two dozen Armand Vallées will be on display at The Artym Gallery beginning Saturday August 24th, and continuing through August 30th.

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