THE PURPLE STAPLER & CAFE RUSTICO PRESENT
AUGUST 7 - SEPTEMBER 5
CAFE RUSTICO - 3136 MAIN STREET
OPENING GALLERY: Thursday, August 11th from 7 - 930pm
Amanda Smart grew up on the Sunshine Coast where she first discovered her love of painting and nature. After travelling and living in South America, moved back to Vancouver where she attended Emily Carr University of Art & Design. Generally using traditional oil medium, she has developed a more realistically inclined style with hints of dreaminess and ethereality. Amanda aims to explore our natural surroundings while at the same time composing comparisons to our own experiences and conditions as humans. Amanda hopes to continue to use her commitment to her painting as a way to study, learn and honor where we live and our own relationships to that.
In my life I have been fortunate enough to spend a lot of time developing a relationship with the West Coast and my surroundings here in BC. I feel really close with the environment here, especially growing up remotely on the Sunshine Coast, and more and more as time goes by I want my work to be a reflection for my love of the place we live in and the ocean. I also try and explore our human relationship with our space and the tensions or comparisons we have with it, and try and present that in a way that shows how are lives are integrated into our oceans and forests as well.
At our 3rd Annual Back Alley Artists Night on June 4th at CBC Studio 700, we had the pleasure of presenting visual artist Amanda Smart with our Audience Choice Award for Visual Artists.
Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Cafe Rustico - the award includes a one month long art exhibition in their cafe from August 7 - September 5 which of course means that we are having a gallery opening!
GALLERY OPENING: Thursday, August 11th from 7-9:30pm come chat with the artist and have a glass of wine!