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New friends Suzanne Chavarie (background) and Betty Jeffers (foreground) developed their mixed media creation, Transitions, with Patrina McNeill; all three were looking for work at the time. - Jennifer Smith
New friends Suzanne Chavarie (background) and Betty Jeffers (foreground) developed their mixed media creation, Transitions, with Patrina McNeill; all three were looking for work at the time.
— image credit: Jennifer Smith

The Kelowna Art Gallery waves farewell to 2011 with On the Path to Abstraction, a collection of members' work. The opening reception held on Friday, Dec. 2 was a piece of work in itself with members coming and going for three hours on the first weekend of the holiday season.

Suzanne Chavarie and Betty Jeffers were on hand to see their mixed media piece in the show. They created the work after Chavarie, Jeffers and friend Patrina McNeill found themselves out of work and looking for new beginnings. Called Transitions, it testifies to the positive affect change can have on one's life; the three made friends while unemployed.

Dawn Emerson's abstract cityscape, meanwhile, reminds one of Vancouver's Main Street and the exciting colours of a metropolis residents of the Okanagan are not always privy to, while Brady Shields could be channelling Metric front-woman Emily Haines with a brightly-coloured portrait called Emily. Apparently, he listens to music as he works.

On the Path to Abstraction is open through January 15, 2012 in the front room of the gallery and includes over 60 members' work. The display was curated by ReneƩ Burgess, the gallery's head of public programming, and includes paintings, photography, mixed media pieces and sculpture.

jsmith@kelownacapnews.com

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