Barbara Gamble and Marisa Myrah:
Ethereal Expressions

Jennifer Wittman Gallery, Vancouver
April 5 - 26

A NEWCOMER to South Granville Street's "Gallery Row", the Jennifer Wittman Gallery has recently opened on the ground floor of an intriguing artists' live-in and studio building. Wittman's second exhibition presents paintings by Ontario-based Barbara Gamble for the first time on the West Coast and showcases new collages by Vancouverite Marisa Myrah.

Gamble takes a more traditional approach to art with encaustic and oil paintings of Canadian landscapes. In her huge, abstracted images of "unreal" forest forms, she imbues identifiable contours of trees and branches with a passionate, spiritual energy and color. The strong essence of life in these paintings revitalizes this typically Canadian genre.

Carved Drinking Horn (1996),
oil, wax on canvas

Marisa Myrah creates unusual collages on themes of love and beauty. Her collages integrate short literary passages from Spanish, biblical and personal love poems. These are fused together with charcoal drawing, wax and oil paint on canvases that resemble parchment paper. They are as delicate as Gamble's paintings are forceful.

© Mia Johnson