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The Holiday Show 2014 is a joyful collection of paintings, photographs and works on paper. These engaging and eclectic pieces will provide the inspiration and backdrop for a spirited seasonal gathering.

Gary McMillan’s Economical Use of Three Bears, oil on canvas, 33 x 44 inches is a mirthful work that evokes cut-out animation figures, a pinball game, or a traditional “Snakes and Ladders” game played on a North Shore canvas.

Susan Madsen’s Trees, oil on panel,  6 x 6 inches, are small topiary scenes suggesting a suburb in its contrived forms or a distant country’s landscape entirely. Carefully constructed stone walls hover spatially, absorbing the late afternoon light that illuminates the greenery. This is a pinhole view of another world.

Jessie McNeil’s Late Afternoon on the VAG Steps has the same edginess as her Just 2 Guys, collage on paper. In this work it seems the “white cube” is the subject and she continues to masterfully execute a discussion of surface, line and space. The Inside Joke (image of a girl looking at a Douglas Coupland work), 15 x 14 inches, may be just the perfect conversation piece for the party.

Other works include Christopher Friesen’s unique silkscreen prints based on the landscapes of 19th Century painter Camille Corot, Carrie Walker’s intimate animal portraits, and some of our favourite abstract paintings by Camrose DucoteEric Louie and Amanda Reeves.

This is a light-hearted show with some heavyweight artists. The Opening Reception is Saturday December 13th, 2-5 pm. Come enjoy the refreshments and good company amidst this carefully chosen collection.