Above is Mary Frances Batut's acrylic painting Lizard Enjoyed Hanging Out On The Wallpaper. She and Elizabeth Carefoot (her coat

Talk with a trio of artists

Mary Frances Batut, Elizabeth Carefoot and Deborah Putman speak about their art and joint exhibit at the Surrey Art Gallery.

A panel discussion with three Surrey and White Rock artists will take place Thursday evening (July 11) at the Surrey Art Gallery.

The gallery’s new exhibition, Divining Natures, features the colourful artworks of Mary Frances Batut, Elizabeth Carefoot and Deborah Putman – all of whom share an interest in creating images that are rich in personal and universal symbols. Each artist works in an intuitive way to present ideas about the natural world and our relationship to the environment.

The trio will each discuss their own work, as well as ideas and insights generated through the process of exhibiting together. There’ll also be refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Divining Natures launched in late June and continues to Aug. 31.

For Batut, the process of making this series of paintings was a change in her approach. She allowed herself “to shift from focusing on the end result and concentrate only on what was happening at the easel on this particular day and at this particular moment.” The strength of these paintings lies in her acceptance of an intuitive approach. She allowed herself to start mark making and let the images emerge. The resulting animals, fish, moths, lizards, symbolize transformation and regeneration: creatures that change forms through-out their life cycle. Recognizable yet imaginative; her colourful creations exist beyond our natural world.

The unplanned is also a part of Carefoot’s process. Her mixed media works are informed by the Siberian shamanist traditions of her grandmother. Carefoot’s shaman’s coats and paintings as well as her sculptures evolve experimentally through the juxtapositions of diverse materials.

She compares her approach to that of the Shaman, learning from the accidental: “As the ‘real’ shaman takes risks and uses shock, surprise, and dramatic provocations to establish bonds with others, so I also try to take risks with my art. I gain insights when I take advantage of accidents, chances, and interaction of materials that emerge when ‘unwatched’.”

With her Totem Series, Putman presents symbolic arrangements of animals in which she explores the relationship with humans and other creatures that share our world. Putman’s compositions incorporate cross cultural archetypes of the four directions, the cosmic tree and the symbiotic relationship of all living things. For Putman, annual journeys to wilderness both replenish and spark her creativity.

She considers that the origins of her images are “rooted in receptivity, intuited visual epiphanies, dreamscapes, sound and sensation [which] guide my concepts.”

Surrey Art Gallery is located at 13750 88 Ave. Call 604-501-5566 or visit www.surrey.ca/artgallery

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

‘Black Experience Expressed through the Arts’ event free at Surrey City Hall

Live performances and more planned at Black History Month celebration

Police say Surrey girl Nikita Joseph, 13, has been found and is safe

Joseph had gone missing before. Most rcently, she was reported missing on Jan. 22

‘I would not go’ to China says Delta traveller concerned about coronavirus

Alice Li said she goes to China every other year but would scrap any travel plans

Australia wildfires inspire White Rock students to help ease koalas’ plight

Grade 2, 3 kids raise $1,000 for wildlife rescue efforts

Surrey man’s extensive report calls city’s policing claims ‘unsubstantiated garbage’

Surrey’s Richard Landale has taken public engagement to a whole new level

Fashion Fridays: The basics you need for your body type

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Was Bigfoot just spotted on a Washington State webcam?

Sherman Pass is rougly 70 kilometres south of Grand Forks, B.C.

B.C. employer health tax wins ‘paperweight award’ for red tape

Businesses forced to estimate payroll, pay new tax quarterly

VIDEO: Dashcam records near-miss by bad driver near Sooke

Driver crossed four lanes of traffic and back over again, barely missing three other vehicles

New U.S. LNG terminal near northwestern B.C. town proposed

AlaskCAN International LNG wants terminal just over Canadian border, but using B.C gas

UPDATE: Ride-hailing launches in parts of Metro Vancouver

Uber and Lyft vow to expand as more drivers are hired

Couple wonders who’s in a Cariboo photo that’s been hanging in their home for years

Charles and Lynn Dick believe the image was taken at the 70 Mile Road House

Royal Canadian Legion expels B.C. member for wearing unearned military commendations

‘Stolen valour is stolen service and it’s just totally wrong’

‘Latte-sipping urbanites’ need to realize value of mining in B.C., association head says

Industry generates a total of $3.9 billion in sales of goods and service across the province

Most Read