Niagara artist Beverley Barber wants people to “feel” vibrations when they look at her mixed media paintings on display at the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre.
“I describe my art as vibrational and always changing,” Barber says. “My ultimate goal in art is to raise the vibrations to a level that allows the viewer to feel happier and good about life. I feel that is what is really needed today.”
Barber’s solo exhibit, titled Communication in the Quantum Leap, opens Sunday, Aug. 2 with a reception, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and runs to Aug. 30. The opening reception will be modified to ensure social distancing and visitors’ safety. Click here to reserve a spot at the opening.
The show is the Arts Centre’s first exhibition this year, since the COVID-19 pandemic derailed the centre’s season, and will be part of a Reopening, Renovation Tour that weekend. It’s oddly fitting, then, that the first exhibit’s theme is “random versus predictable in art,” as this year has been anything but predictable.
Barber explains that her show, which explores the human figure, drew inspiration from quantum physics, especially the possibility of infinite potential and vibrational communication.
“I would hope the viewer would be open on a “feeling” level versus a “thinking” level. That’s really important to me,” says the St. Catharines resident.
The theme of randomness translated into Barber’s way of creating the mixed media works in the exhibit. She started by painting 12 watercolours from random images, then tore them up into random shapes, then applied them to her acrylic paintings – randomly, of course.
The brightly coloured paintings show women and men in random poses, doing everyday things: reading a book, sitting with a pet, taking a nap, spending time at the beach. Faces are rarely representational, may be drawn in instead of painted, even have a section of a crossword puzzle imprinted. Each scene gives viewers plenty of room to explore and imagine.
“I found these pieces full of the element of surprise and intrigue. Plus it was a lot of fun.”
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Brock University (8 credits toward BAFA)
Dundas Valley School of Art - Hamilton, Ontario (part-time studies 8 years)
Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario (part-time drawing and painting 1 year)
Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, Los Angeles, California (various workshops)
Watts Atelier Workshops, Encinitas, California, 6 weeks
Exhibitions and Group Shows
Rodman Hall, St. Catharines, Ontario
Niagara Pumphouse, Niagara-on-the-lake, Ontario
Galleries Vermeille, Westmount, Quebec
Hamilton Art Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario
Gallery 223, Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, BC
Niagara Art Gallery, Queen Street, Niagara Falls, Ontario
Gallery 4555, queen street, Niagara Falls
A Man Libera gallery, St. Catharines, ON
Gallery 401, New York, USA
Laguna Art.com, Laguna Beach, California, USA
Artspace 106, Niagara-on-the-lake, ON
First place- Niagara Pumphouse-2019 Walker Industries Art Competition
Interviews & Media
Home and Family TV Show/Hallmark channel 4 episodes
Podcast interview with Ruth Klein- public figure and author
(Generation Why Not? Ageless Mindset - Book and Podcast)
Robert Ferguson Podcast - Los Angeles based studio
Niagara Pumphouse 3 years - figure sculpting and painting from live model
Niagara College Welland Campus - 4 years
(Figure drawing and painting 2nd-year Graphic Arts Program)
I have sold many paintings and sculptures which can be found in many homes in California, Seattle, Philadelphia, Toronto, and St. Catharines.
I commission pieces from Instagram or Facebook and my web page.
“I embrace painting things I’ve never painted before and love the challenge, as I am constantly pushing the envelope to find something new.”