Rick Davidson

Tribute to a hometown muse

  • Jun. 2, 2011 6:00 a.m.

By Wanda Lock

Jim Kalnin along with guest curators Wanda Lock and Shauna Oddleifson have been busy putting together an exhibition titled ‘Starting Point’ that will open at the Lake Country Art Gallery in June.

‘Starting Point’ is an exhibition to recognise and acknowledge art teacher Rick Davidson.  Rick Davidson was the art teacher at George Elliot Secondary from 1979 to 2007 and many of his students have gone on to pursue careers in the visual arts. The exhibition will honour Rick’s contribution to education and the arts as well as recognise some amazing artists. All of the artists participating in the exhibition grew up in Lake Country and had Rick as a teacher. The participating artists are from across Canada, from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland and include film makers, video documentary artists, painters, web designers, textile and costume design, industrial design, writers, animators, plus many more, 23 artists in total.

The list of participating artists includes; Christy Caza, Brittany Falk, Josie Grant, Emily Geen, Joanne Gervais, Shannon Lester, Tiziana La Melia, Mark Lewis, Wanda Lock, Dave Lopes, Mike McKinlay, Sam McKinlay, Gord McClure, Kevin McPherson, Janelle Morcombe, Karen Nightengale, Shauna Oddeifson, Curt Oland, Amber Powell, Jordy Starling, Brad Tomlinson, Anna Vouladakis and Gwendolyn Williams.

Opening night is Saturday June 4th from 4 to 7pm, come down to the gallery and meet the artists, see some interestingly diverse artwork and chat with Rick Davidson. There will be a panel discussion on Thursday June 16th at 7pm and a screening of Mark Lewis’ film ‘Ill Fated’ on Sunday July 10th at 2pm. The exhibition runs until July 17th. For more information please contact the Lake Country Art Gallery.

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