Tofino’s “Waving at Whales” Art Exhibition Brightens Dark Winter Days – Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly News


“My work is very joyful,” says Sidney artist Marion Evamy at her artist reception on December 2 for “Waving at Whales” at the Tofino Gallery of Contemporary Art.

Dressed in a glossy floral blouse and pink lipstick for an evening celebrating her richly colored creations, it’s easy to see why art critics are calling Evamy’s color talent exceptional.

“Certainly a lot of people recognize me by the color palette I use because it is very different. Most of the artists on the island aren’t as bright and daring with color as I am. But I like to experiment. I really like trying different things and that’s what I think makes the work so exciting, ”Evamy says.

The “Waving at Whales” series premiered in the summer of 2021 from Evamy’s open-air studio overlooking the Salish Sea. She said this year she has experienced more whale watching than ever before.

“I’ve always been very intrigued by whales and I’m learning more about them. As with everything, the more you focus on it, the more you learn more, things pop up. Great things are happening. There are so many more babies now this season. On the east coast, they established a whale sanctuary for whales that were in captivity, ”she said.

“One of the most interesting things I learned is that humpback whales have these bumps on their fins and scientists have always wondered how they could get their enormous weight out of the water and they understood that these Bumps on their pectoral fins are used for propulsion, so they use this technology for wind turbines and other technologies. There are some really interesting things in the animal kingdom that help us make a difference, “continued Evamy.

“Waving at Whales” includes 16 paintings. Some are acrylic on canvas, others are mixed media with acrylic, collage and oil. Some paintings show the work process, while others lean towards the more refined “end” result.

“They all sound like they’re part of a series, but they’ve all been approached in very different ways,” says Evamy.

Tofino Gallery of Contemporary Art (TGCA) owner Leah McDiarmid is delighted to welcome West Coasters to her first solo exhibition since opening in June 2021.

“We have been collectors of Marion art for about 10 years. They are spectacular. She’s also a great friend and mentor, ”McDiarmid said, adding that Evamy and her husband Bobb, owner of Sidney’s Red Art Gallery, helped her start the TGCA.

“I wasn’t sure how to approach a solo show, but several months ago Marion pitched the idea of ​​having a solo show while she was in Tofino with her family from Calgary, and I said ‘ great idea’. It has been going on since. We hung the art on December 1 and we sold three pieces in just two days, ”she said.

Partial proceeds from the sale of Evamy’s paintings will be donated to support the Coastal Animal Rescue and Education Network.

“I’m a real animal advocate, of course,” Evamy says.

“Waving at Whales” runs until December 15th and is open 11 am-5pm, Wednesday through Sunday. The exhibition also features four paintings of bears.

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