Exhibitions & Events
2018 Summer Exhibition and Sale
June 21, Thursday, 6 - 10pm
June 23, Saturday, 2 - 6 pm
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June 20, 2018
Gallery Odin sees a change of season as snow melts
Article by Parker Crook, June18, 2018 published in Vernon Morning Star. re Gallery Odin's Summer Show:
As the snow falls on the mountaintop, Maria and Kalma
As the snow falls on the mountaintop, Maria and Kalman Molnar are in high gear preparing for the Summer Exhibition and Sale.
Despite the snow that dots SilverStar Mountain Resort, Gallery Odin’s 16th annual summer show is slated to open on the summer solstice June 21 and again on June 23.
“We never had any problems because it’s not a deterrent here whether it rains or snows,” Kalman says, adding that inclement weather simply makes people seek shelter indoors.
And, more importantly, Kalman and Maria are certain that the warm weather prior to the opening will ensure summer is present on the solstice.
Gallery Odin sits in the Hungarian couple’s home in the SilverStar Mountain Resort knoll. Open only two days a week during each of their two seasons, the Molnars display the work because they love it.
The tall stairway that leads into the main living area of the home is full of paintings that depict a multitude of inspirations, including Destanne Norris’ interpretation of Jasper and Lake Louise. In the living room, a powerful rose painting by Pascale Ouellet catches the eye. It is one of three Ouellet roses in the room and one of four on the floor.
“She can just do anything,” Maria says of Ouellet as she toys with a white rose that sits on the kitchen island.
In the kitchen, sitting space hang two Ouellet paintings of a woman: one with a rose and one without. Kalman is convinced that the paintings depict the same woman, but Maria isn’t as certain.
“I think it works very well in this environment,” Kalman says of the girl with the rose. “Whether it’s lit or not, it’s very alive.”
Across from Ouellet’s work in the kitchen is the work of Dawn Piche, whose fibre artwork brings people through the hallway into the first of three main gallery rooms.
Bright and colourful abstract depictions alongside beautiful dot-work landscapes by Peter Stuhlman fill the walls of the cozy room.
“We tried to have it so artist’s paintings are all together,” Kalman says as he takes a sip of coffee with frothed milk.
Behind Kalman are Barry Rafuse’s iconic abstract paintings that gel with Dana Roman’s acrylic and silk offerings. Below Rafuse’s work is a vase that draws inspiration from renowned Yukon artist Ted Harrison.
“Lumel Studios was given permission to use Ted Harrison’s colours in the blown glass,” Kalman says, noting the definite separation of colours between bright lines.
In Gallery Odin’s 16th Summer Exhibition are about 105 pieces in a vast array of mediums from 22 artists, including Doug Alcock, Rod Charlesworth, Glenn Clark, Karel Doruyter, Edward Epp, Lynne Grillmair, Ginny Hall, Wendy Hart Penner, Peter Lawson, Lumel Studios, Jerry R. Markham, Elizabeth Moore, Sharda Murray-Kieken, Norris, Ouellet, Teri Paul, Piche, Rafuse, Roman, Al Scott, Stuhlman and Deborah Wilson.
Maria and Kalman know the story of nearly every piece, and certainly that of every artis
Through the door adjacent the blown glass vase is the main hall where abstract seamlessly blends into the acrylic buildup work of Doruyter and into Charlesworth’s oils that represent the changing of seasons through colour and back into abstract work of Paul.
Charlesworth is one of Gallery Odin’s featured artists — one who has been with the gallery for some time.
“He is one of our featured artists,” Kalman says. “It’s sort of like you walk into the large gallery and it’s right in your face.”
“We don’t have anybody new this time, which is fine,” Maria says. “The ones who were new last year, we have new pieces from them.”
From Charlesworth’s scene setters to Doruyter’s unique perspective, Maria and Kalman agree that the main room is cohesive.
“To us, it’s very visually summery and warm, engaging,” Kalman says of the exhibition.
“With all this colour and all that green, it just works,” Maria adds.
Opposite the landscapes are animal paintings by Jerry R. Markham.
“He did it for the colour, not for the veterinary students,” Kalman jests of Markham’s painting of a cow and calf.
“I know we probably don’t want to see snow anymore, but it’s beautiful,” Maria says of Markham’s classic oil painting of a wintry scene adjacent the cow.
On the tables that line the walls of the main hall are Wilson’s jade and soapstone carvings, Alcock’s forged steelworks and Hall’s scrimshaw work.
A small bright room lit primarily through natural light rests behind the wall with Paul’s abstract work. In the room is more of Paul’s paintings alongside a large Alcock three-dimensional piece.
“We had to challenge ourselves to display the work in the best possible way,” Kalman says as he showcases Alcock’s magnificent glass that pulls Kalamalka Lake-inspired blues and metal fusion sitting atop a mirrored table.
Because for the Molnars, the display is a key component of what Gallery Odin offers.
“Whether it was a landscape or abstract, it connects,” Kalman says. “It starts with a beginning and goes almost into a non-completed end. You can turn around and start over.
Opening receptions for Gallery Odin’s 2018 Summer Exhibition and Sale are June 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. and June 23 from 2 to 6 p.m. Regular summer hours are Thursdays and Saturdays from 2 to 6 p.m. or by appointment at 250-503-0822.
November 19, 2017
Morningstar article about the 2017 Winter Show by
PARKER CROOK: PARKER CROOK
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.