Double Vision: September Rotunda Gallery exhibit
Meet the artists: Thursday, September 6, 5-7pm
- Rotunda Gallery, ground floor, Kitchener city hall, 200 King St. W., Kitchener
Debbie Richards and Diane Stewart, twin sisters and artists who share a special bond and a sense of synchronicity, but have developed separate artistic techniques, are exhibiting their show, Double Vision, at the Rotunda Gallery for the month of September.
The reception will be held on Thursday, Sept. 6 from 5-7 p.m.
Richards is a quilt artist and Stewart is a textile painting artist. Double Vision represents their reunited shared bond, with a series of images illustrating the similarities and unique voice to their work, shaped by their connection to the very different landscapes of Northern Ontario and Saskatchewan.
The pieces are unique and memorable, and each is an exquisite characterization of the Canadian landscape. Viewed up close, each work shows the carefully crafted and nuances of the landscape, and from afar, the details blend together into stunning images resembling the depth and richness of an oil painting.
Both artists say creating the Double Vision series was a richly rewarding experience, in that they both learned a great deal through the challenges of the process — selecting and creating the pieces, and working in conjunction with another artist. While they are still geographically far apart, each piece brought them closer, each artist gaining a deeper, more insightful relationship with her twin.
Stewart is a Northern Ontario artist who is inspired by the land around her. She applies paint and fabric to a canvas backdrop, to evoke the delicate beauty of her surroundings.
Richards’s one-of-a-kind, abstract art quilts are based on Canadian landscapes. Debbie’s quilts include a wide array of techniques including appliqué, curved piecing, felting, and beading.