Janis Dyck “Earth Songs” opens Nov. 4 at AGOG

Green Sloughs

The Art Gallery of Golden invites you to the opening reception of Janis Dyck’s solo exhibit “Earth

Opens Friday Nov. 4 from 5 to 7pm

Songs” from 5 to 7pm on Friday, November 4, 2011.

Janis’ work has been available in our Studio Gift Shop but, this is her first solo exhibit at AGOG. Janis will be at the reception singing a few of the songs that are integral to the exhibit. She’ll be accompanied by Jane Fearing. Janis will also take visitors on a tour of the exhibit during the reception.

The reception goes from 5pm to 7pm and all are welcome. The performance segment and artist’s talk will start around 5:30pm.

Janis’ bio:

“I completed my Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree specializing in painting and drawing from the University of Calgary in 1997. Later I went on to study art therapy at The Vancouver Art Therapy Institute graduating in 2001. Golden has been my home for the past ten years and I have enjoyed living and painting here. During this time I held a show of paintings and drawings at the Golden and District Arts Council Gallery (2002) and have completed a number of commissioned works. My paintings have been shown at The Art Gallery of Golden, Bacchus Books, the Golden Optometrist’s Office and Genuine Organics.

“I live with my husband and two young boys and gain inspiration from life in Golden, the beauty of our natural environment and my work as an art therapist.”

Janis’ statement about the exhibit:

“The paintings in this show were mostly completed during the past year but they are a culmination of

Flowing Hair - Janis Dyck

the work I’ve done since my children were born. During this time, I have had the privilege of living in a relatively non-structured way that has allowed for the flow of creativity. The paintings and songs are inspired by our beautiful natural surroundings as seen through the filter of my imagination. I am trying to communicate a sense of connection to nature, mystery, the unknown and myth. These are the feelings I receive when I am present with nature physically, emotionally and spiritually. As I worked on these paintings many of them evolved significantly from my original idea and seemed to take on a life of their own. I enjoy this part of the creative process and let myself go with the painting, afterwards reflecting on what it might be communicating.

“Unlike the paintings, songwriting is a relatively new exploration for me. I decided to try writing songs on a whim and became excited by this new way of bringing a sense of connection with nature

Crows - Janis Dyck

and the mysterious into form.  After creating a few songs, I became distinctly aware of the ties between the songs and paintings that usually occurred in unintended ways but that seemed to enhance each other. Although, none of the songs have been written with specific paintings in mind or vice versa there are often clear connections between the words and the images. Therefore, I thought it was important to include parts of the lyrics with the paintings. I chose to do this in the form of prayer flags done on canvas as a means of honouring and giving thanks to the process of creativity itself. To me the lyrics are like prayers expressing my gratitude for the opportunity to create in these different forms and to share these creations with others. It is my intention that they bring a fuller experience to the viewing of the paintings and add another level of mystery.”