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Four Heathers Take Root

Leighdon Studio Gallery
Vancouver BC – Nov 3-28, 2009

Heather Aston, Standing Ground

Heather Aston, Standing Ground (2009), mixed media on panel [Leighdon Studio Gallery, Vancouver BC, Nov3-28]

Heather McAlpine, Evening Light

Heather McAlpine, Evening Light (2009), acrylic on canvas [Leighdon Studio Gallery, Vancouver BC, Nov3-28]

Heather Cairns, Incubation I

Heather Cairns, Incubation I (2009), mixed media on canvas [Leighdon Studio Gallery, Vancouver BC, Nov3-28]

Heather Johnston, Observe

Heather Johnston, Observe (2009), archival inkjet, oil and encaustic on canvas [Leighdon Studio Gallery, Vancouver BC, Nov3-28]

Four Vancouver artists named Heather first showed their work together this summer at the Seymour Art Gallery, North Vancouver. In a new collaboration, Take Root, they present what they describe as a "compelling crossover" of their artistic styles. Adopting the theme of natural elements – landscapes, still lifes and decorative pieces featuring motifs of trees, leaves, roots, branches, grasses – they have worked together to mount a second show with an intimate overlapping of artistic and thematic approaches.

Heather Aston is a printmaker who uses mixed media to create monotypes and drypoint etchings. Her "new root" pictures depict both above and below-ground views of bulbs and trees. Heather Cairns is a local potter who embellishes her decorative but functional pieces with brushstrokes suggesting branches and roots.

Influenced by the vanitas paintings of the 16th and 17th centuries, Heather Johnston has combined digitally manipulated out-of-focus bare tree limbs with flying insects in inkjet prints. Her botanical prints are sold through her website and carried by such vendors as Ikea.

Heather McAlpine, who also showed at the Leighdon Studio Gallery in 2008, combines the shapes and lines of grasses and leaves in low-key assemblages using thin layers of acrylic on canvas.


Mia Johnson

 Fri, Nov 6, 2009