The Art Gallery of Golden has just unveiled its solo exhibit “Earth,” created by local artist Janis Dyck.
“This is kind of my first complete collection,” said Dyck, as she was greeting guests at the opening reception on Friday evening.
“I’ve had other shows, but the pieces were much more eclectic. This is the first time I’ve had a show where it really feels like a cohesive whole. So it’s kind of a new step for me.”
“Earth” is a collection of 12 acrylic paintings showcasing the natural beauty of the Columbia Valley.
“These works, I see them as a culmination of the work I’ve done since my kids were born. They’re all acrylic paintings, and they’re all inspired by the natural area that we live in,” she said.
“But they’re done from my imagination. I will use references sometimes, but the overall idea is from my imagination. I’m trying to communicate a feeling of mystery or magic.”
The creativity inside of Dyck has also found a new way to come out. She has started writing songs, three of which she performed at the opening reception, and she interspersed song lyrics among per paintings on the walls of the gallery.
“That’s a newer thing for me that I just started doing for fun, just to try it, and I found that I really enjoyed it. And as I went on, the songs seemed to be communicating a similar feeling of mystery as the paintings,” said Dyck.
“It’s coming from the same place, it’s just a different manifestation of the same thing. And I chose to put them up in this form. They’re supposed to be like prayer flags, because to me, the paintings and the songs are kind of like prayers for the area.”
Dyck feels very connected to the area, and has lived in Golden for the past 11 years. She has a fine arts degree from the University of Calgary, and has trained as an art therapist at the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute. She brought that training to Golden, where she worked as an art therapist at the family centre.
Dyck has been working on her collection for many months. She has two young children, and will sometimes spend a month of half-days, completing one of the larger pieces. And is pleased with the final results.
“Some of them evolve quite a bit as I work on them. These ones, I just intuitively add things as I work, and the story just seems to come out.”
And now it’s time to tell those stories.
“It’s a little bit exposing,” said Dyck about sharing her art with the world. “But I’m quite comfortable with everything that I’m showing here. I often find that every painting, actually, I can pretty much say always, that every painting I paint goes through a phase where I really don’t like it at some point, and the hard part is to finish. But I always make myself work through that and finish what I start.”
“Earth” will be on display at the Art Gallery of Golden until Nov. 26. All of her pieces are for sale, as are card and prints of her paintings.