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November 19, 2017
Morningstar article about the 2017 Winter Show by
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Gallery celebrates long history of art appreciation.
Gallery Odin, at Silver Star Mountain, is gearing up to open their 16th annual Winter ExhibitionGallery Odin, a
Each room of the Silver Star home is designed with the purpose of celebrating art. From the tall stairway in the entrance whose walls are adorned with beautiful fibre art and paintings to the ornate glasswork casting its radiant gaze across the kitchen, Gallery Odin is a place that celebrates art. And, as owners Kalman and Maria Molnar set to work hanging the pieces for their upcoming Winter Exhibition — which opens Thursday, Nov. 23 from 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 25 from 1 to 6 p.m. — it’s a place that has celebrated all things art for 16 years.
“That’s a lot of years now that we think about it,” Maria says, sipping her glass of French chardonnay. “Sixteen years ago, we just had the one room.”
Now, nearly two decades later, the gallery has filled the Molnars’ warm, inviting home, with nearly every inch of wall showcasing work of largely British Columbian painters.
“The challenging thing is to come up with new works, new displays, new artists,” Kalman says, also while swirling his wine.
“And still accommodate the artists who have been with us since the start,” Maria adds.
While the home is full of beautiful pieces, ranging in size from small blown-glass bowls to 36×60 portraits, the path through the elaborate display is finely-tuned by Kalman and Maria, each piece simultaneously flowing in to the next and standing out as a dominating demonstration of creativity.
As Maria and Kalman guide the tour through the kitchen, wine still in hand, the picturesque landscape paintings of Rod Charlesworth and Peter Stuhlmann take pole position on the walls in the small entrance room.
“He’s a force to be reckoned with,” Kalman says of Charlesworth. “We combined Rod with Peter and it just worked.” Through the closed door opposite the entrance, Karel Doruyter’s acrylic buildup peers through the glass, beckoning patrons to pass through and enter the gallery’s grand hall. “He has been selling so well that he has a hard time keeping up with demand,” Maria says, motioning toward Doruyter’s work as she steps into the large room.
Standing stoicly on a table to the right of the entrance past Doruyter’s piece, Doug Alcock’s impressive combination of forged steel and Montpetit glasswork catches the eye. “We have known Doug personally since we moved to the valley 20 years ago,” Kalman says of Alcock. “We are very happy he is with us now for the Winter Show.” Previously having pieces too large to fit in the Molnars’ home gallery, Maria and Kalman found three ornate works of his to put on display.
“It adds a new dimension,” Maria says, adding that they have shown his larger works in their outdoor summer wine show, which runs in tandem with the Mile High Wine and Music Festival.
“He’s very good to deal with,” Kalman says. “He understands the art scene and it’s a pleasure to have him.”
Of Alcock’s additions to the exhibition are a factual representation of a bird, the abstract steel and glasswork and a commanding sculpture of a human figure.
Also new to the Winter Exhibition is Quebec-born and Canmore-based artist Pascal Ouellet, a.k.a Bigoudi.
“We try to keep the gallery just to B.C. artists,” Maria says.
Ouellet’s work is a tour through the whimsical, with vibrant and inviting colours juxtaposed with stunningly accurate depictions of animals. Though her work doesn’t stop there. In the Molnars’ living room stands a larger- than-life portrait of a woman, likely Ouellet’s sister or cousin, who bears a remarkable resemblance to the artist.
“The reason why we show her is because we love her stuff and love her creative work,” Kalman says.
Light reflects off the fluffy white snow and pours in from the large windows in the small room adjacent to the grand hall where Ouellet’s painting of a cow, placed over a black background with white polka dots, and Teri Paul’s substantial abstract work has a commanding presence. Paul was also featured in the summer wine show.
“Before we closed the wine festival show, we asked her to join the Winter Show,” Kalman recalls.
Standing in the small, bright room surrounded by Paul and Ouellet’s work and looking into the large room provides a bisection of British Columbian art and artists, with talent both local and provincial, such as Destanne Norris, Barry Rafuse, Glenn Clark, Sharda Murray-Kieken, Jerry R. Markham, Wendy Hart Penner, Julia Trops, Lynne Grillmair, Bonnie Anderson, Edward Epp, Dawn Piché, Al Scott, Derek M Lynch, Elizabeth Moore, Peter Lawson, Dana Roman, Charlene Woodbury, Deborah Wilson, Patricia Ennis, Bryan Ryley, Ginny Hall and Lumel Studios on display.
“We are very loyal to our artists,” Kalman says.
“We just absolutely love everything we show,” Maria adds.
And, as the gallery owners sit adjacent to the living room, wine still in hand, it’s clear that for them, that’s what it’s all about.
“That’s the whole idea,” Kalman says. “Now it’s in our veins. It’s in our blood.”
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The perfect pairing of art and wine
Gallery Odin hosts a three-day art show in tandem with the Mile High Wine and Food Festival
Every year in mid-August, crowds flood SilverStar Mountain Resort for a weekend of fine wine and fine food in the form of the popular annual Mile High Wine and Music Festival.
And, every year, Gallery Odin accompanies the fine dining experience with a selection of fine art. This year, the Mile High Wine and Music Festival runs Aug. 11-12 with Gallery Odin’s special display at the Snowsports School Aug. 11-13.
“Every year since they’ve done the wine festival, we have done the gallery,” said Maria Molnar of Gallery Odin. “People can come up just for one day. It’s different. It’s interesting, and it’s very eclectic. We open for all three days so people who can’t make it to the wine tasting (Saturday) can still see the art. This is the kind of thing we like to do to showcase something different.”
Gallery Odin’s collection of work brings together pieces from several renowned North Okanagan artists, including Doug Alcock, Barry Rafuse, Derek Lynch, Teri Paul, Destanne Norris, Glenn Clark, Jerry Markham, Elizabeth Moore, Lynne Grillmair, Karel Doruyter, and Dawn Piche, each of whom have distinctive and recognizable styles in their respective mediums.
The eclectic display is host to roughly two pieces per artist, ranging in mediums from Alcock’s metalwork, to Rafuse’s bold and unpredictable abstract paintings, to the art-centred ceramic work of Teri Paul, to Lynch’s The Big Black Bear, crafted from fool’s gold-laden soapstone he found in the Monashees.
“He was carving here (SilverStar) and at the Caetani House,” Molnar said of 63-year-old Lynch, who draws inspiration for his carvings from his work as an ESL instructor in Southeast Asia. “He started out with 300 pounds of soapstone, and the bear is about 170 pounds. I thought, ‘Oh jeez. This is a beautiful piece.’”
The three-day art show allows Molnar to exhibit work that she and her husband Kalman wouldn’t otherwise be able to showcase in their private gallery.
“It’s all diferent than the work we have in the gallery,” Molnar said, adding that two to three of the artists on display have not exhibited at Gallery Odin in the past. “There’s just so many lovely artists. I’d love to showcase them all.”
One of such artists is Alcock, whose elaborate metal sculpture work utilizes found pieces and hand forged utilitarian elements.
“We haven’t shown him in the gallery because his pieces are so large,” Molnar said of Alcock. “We like these artists and it’s hard to show more artists in our gallery. All galleries have limited space, but this is a good opportunity to showcase other artists.”
While Molnar enjoys putting on the three-day art show to coincide with the wine and food festival, it doesn’t come without difficulty.
“It’s a lot of work for three days,” Molnar said.
But for Molnar, showcasing North Okanagan talent makes it all worthwhile.
“People can see some different things, and hopefully it will arouse an interest in them for art.”
Gallery Odin’s three-day art show runs at the Snowports School on the Main Street boardwalk in Silver Star village. The exhibition is open Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.