Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

Painting On The Edge 2018

Posted by Peter Gutmanis on July 11, 2018 in Art, Events, Paintings | No Comments

Painting On The Edge 2018, the Federation of Canadian Artists‘ international competition and exhibition that celebrates innovation and experimentation is on until July 29th at the Federation Gallery on Granville Island. My painting “Autumn Water” is in the …

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Japanese exhibit

Posted by Peter Gutmanis on May 26, 2018 in Art, Inspiration, Paintings | No Comments

Nanaimo Museum‘s recently opened exhibit, “A Call for Justice: Fighting for Japanese Redress”, added a few, new to me, insights regarding the Japanese Canadian internment following the attack on Pearl Harbour. I had not realized, for example, that long …

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Gallery Merrick

Posted by Peter Gutmanis on April 21, 2018 in Art, News, Paintings | No Comments

Wonderful to see a bright, funky new art gallery in Nanaimo, Gallery Merrick. Everything from oils, acrylics and even watercolours, interspersed with sculpture. This amazing two level gallery in the heart of downtown sets a standard for revitalizing the …

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‘Retro’: juried online exhibition opens today!

Posted by Peter Gutmanis on February 2, 2018 in Art, Events, Paintings | No Comments

‘Retro’, an online juried exhibition put on by the Federation of Canadian Artists​ opens today! This show remembers an earlier time, specifically anything pre-1980. My painting “Fallen Apples” is featured; one of my all-time favourites, painted in 1979. Check out

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Chasing the light

Posted by Peter Gutmanis on January 15, 2018 in Art, Inspiration, Nature, Photography | No Comments

When we visited Newfoundland’s Fogo Island in iceberg alley a few years ago, our mentor, New York photographer Alex Fradkin, extolled the virtues of fog. Waking again this morning to the plaintive moan of foghorns, an oddly soothing sound, …

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Monet’s vision

Posted by Peter Gutmanis on September 30, 2017 in Art, Inspiration, Paintings | No Comments

I’ve long been a fan of Monet and seeing his recent show at the Vancouver Art Gallery reminded me once again of his brilliance – literally, his shining, his light. Cycling down the Seine to the sea in the 1970’s, …

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Italian weekend

Posted by Peter Gutmanis on September 18, 2017 in Art, Events, Inspiration | No Comments

We’ve just returned from a weekend in Vancouver, where we saw two Bard on the Beach shows: “The Merchant of Venice” and “Shylock”, neither an easy show to stage. For context, we visited the exhibit at the Italian Cultural Centre

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‘Light Visions’ solo show at Performance Works

Posted by Peter Gutmanis on August 26, 2017 in Art, Events, News, Paintings | No Comments

My show “Light Visions” is an exploration of the way light transforms everything it touches, elevating objects of daily life from the mundane to the sublime. The exhibit is put on by the Granville Island Cultural Society, and runs …

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the acrylic sandwich picture frame

Posted by Peter Gutmanis on July 22, 2017 in Art, News, Paintings | No Comments

Large format, conventionally framed watercolour paintings can be heavy, so I decided to try the “acrylic sandwich” frame for one of my larger works: two sheets of acrylic, the top one coated for UV resistance, bound at the corners with …

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New directions

Posted by Peter Gutmanis on June 6, 2017 in Art, Paintings | No Comments

Stopped by the Winchester Galleries in Victoria to admire this Joe Fafard sculpture after dropping off a painting to be framed at my favourite framers: Prestige Picture Framing. I’ve decided to try acrylic frames as they are lighter, less …

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