Bio Sara Wiens is an artist currently based in Salmon Arm who works in oil, acrylic and mixed media. She has her BA in Studio Arts and a Bachelor of Arts Education from UBC, Vancouver. She has shown her work at various galleries in her home province of British Columbia, including at The Ferry Building (West Vancouver), Place Des Arts (Coquitlam), Gallery Vertigo (Vernon), and the Salmon Arm Arts Centre. Sara has taught art for many years in the private and public school system. Her contributions to art in her community include a public mural project in the summer of 2020.
Sara’s work is an exploration of light, colour, and movement inspired by the natural environment. Although she does work with larger landscape scenes, her focus is generally on close up views and patterns in nature. Light coming through the leaves of trees, rocks at the water’s edge, and salmon swimming near the river’s surface are each from specific locations, but could also be ubiquitous. The artist’s intention is to convey both the wonder and meditative experience of nature through brushstroke, colour, and contrast.
Honeybee Flight Paths Statement: Sara Wiens has based her mixed media paintings on the flight patterns of honeybees as they forage to and from their hives. Scientists affixed transmitters to the backs of honeybees to determine how they orient themselves in the landscape and what factors affect their homing abilities. These incredible creatures demonstrate exceptional abilities to learn and communicate. The lifespan of a single bee may be only 6 weeks in the summer, yet these tiny, fleeting insects have a profound impact on the ecosystem. The complexity of layered lines and colour patches in the artwork remind us that over time, the layers of different bee individuals overlap repeatedly to create an indispensable imprint on the survival of all species.
2022 The Pollinators Salmon Arm Arts Centre In Dialogue with Vivian Lindoe Salmon Arm Arts Centre
2021 PiqwSalmon Arm Arts Centre Postcards from the Edge Vernon Community Arts Centre Art Garden Show Deep Creek, BC Wildwood Flower Emporium Salmon Arm
2020 20/20Open Members Show Salmon Arm Arts Centre Mural with Adam Meikle, Wade Meikle Downtown Salmon Arm Art Loop Wildwood Flower Emporium Salmon Arm
2019 A Seat at the TableSalmon Arm Arts Centre
2017 True North Juried Show Salmon Arm Arts Centre
2016 Trail Mix Salmon Arm Arts Centre and Shuswap Trail Alliance
2014 Paint the Town Salmon Arm Arts Centre Paint the FestivalSalmon Arm Arts Centre
2012 My Art My Son My Garden solo exhibition, Salmon Arm
2009 Harmony Arts Festival West Vancouver
2008 Shuswap Artists SAGA Public Art Gallery, Salmon Arm In the Village, North Vancouver Salmon Run & Throw Away series solo exhibitions Place des Arts, Coquitlam
2007 Mellow Yellow Gallery Vertigo, Vernon Paint the Town Shuswap Art Gallery Association, Salmon Arm Two Figures SAGA Public Art Gallery, Salmon Arm Celebration of Colour Old School House Centre, Qualicum
2006 Throw Away solo exhibition Favorite Things Gallery, New Westminster Throw Away solo exhibition at the Station House Gallery, Williams Lake Art Rush! Studio Tour Gallery Vertigo, Vernon Nucleus Gallery Vertigo, Vernon
2005 Right Here! Juried Exhibition Gallery Vertigo, Vernon Art Rush! Studio Tour Gallery Vertigo, Vernon Paint the Town Shuswap Art Gallery Association, Salmon Arm Arts Around Shuswap Artist Studio Tour, Salmon Arm
2004 Marie Manson Memorial Arts Awardrecipient, Salmon Arm New Work Solo show Kindred Spirits Coffee House, Salmon Arm Gone Fishin’ SAGA Public Art Gallery, Salmon Arm North Okanagan Open Juried Exhibition Vernon Public Art Gallery Shuswap Artists SAGA Public Art Gallery, Salmon Arm 13 Degrees and Well Textured SAGA Public Art Gallery, Salmon Arm
2002 Construction Site Collection, Collection Productions, Vancouver
2001 GoGoGoSTOP Crystal Building, Burnaby
1995 “Fin de Siecle” Juried Grad Show Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver