- Artful Theatre
Metro Theatre is proud to present our first ever – “Reclaiming, Reworking & Revisiting – a production of art” featuring a cast of local artists and their work for one night only.
Set up as a community event, it is free entry with a cash bar with a custom cocktail created by Vancouver’s Straight Up Bar Services.
Metro’s hope is that by bringing together artists in the local community it will serve as both an opportunity for Metro’s patrons to see Metro in a new, multi-purpose light and for artists to have an opportunity to connect with both each other as well as their community. We want to expand our worlds and support the industries that help us. The art and theatre industries have always been closely intertwined – facing the same political, emotional, physiological and environmental issues and casting a unique light on them through the eyes of an artist or production team.
For this particular instance we have invited artists to bring us works that reflect ideas of reclaiming, reworking or revisiting as it is so closely related to a common idea in theatre. Many flats, furniture and props are recycled into new and relevant uses to each new show. Of course this goes beyond theatre into a common-place practice in our daily lives like our fairly new green bins. It even shows up in our large-scale counter-part like Hollywood with recent films such as “Downsizing” and documentary like “A Plastic Ocean”. Our societal conscience has been wired to think about the kind of world we will leave for the future and start to consider what is social media is doing to our “millennial” “you only live once” style of living?
Metro Theatre is trilled to be working in tandem with artist Tracy-Lynn Chernaske to create and find the beauty in recycling through ABSTRACT ARTWORK.
Painting is a big part of theatre productions. So what happens at the end of the season with all the little bits and pieces from a whole season (or two…or three) of painting materials? If you are the creative and talented Tracy-Lynn, the answer is to explore ARTFUL THEATRE by producing Original and Innovative Abstract Paintings.
Using 100% recycled materials from the last few seasons of Metro’s shows Tracy-Lynn was very busy over the summer at the Scene Shop making sure nothing in the paint department is left behind or goes to waste
During the regular theatre season at Metro, Tracy-Lynn is our Scenic Painter. She has received many accolades for her theatre work. What you may not have realized, is that she is also a practicing fine artist.
Tracy-Lynn consistently strives to challenge herself in finding new work using various process art techniques. She is a self-claimed cross between a Painterly, Impressionistic and Graphic Style Painter who enjoys exploring the relationships of the push and pull of shades, texture and color. Tracy-Lynn typically works with bold strokes and in quick-fire, intense time periods which makes for fascinating and multilayer pieces that lull the viewer into visualizing an artificial simplicity.
Tracy-Lynn Chernaske’s paintings are heavily influenced by her diverse background of experience and training. The vast majority of experience comes from theatrical scenic painting.
Tracy-Lynn is a self-claimed cross between a Painterly, Impressionistic and Graphic Style Painter. She prefers working with artist’s acrylics, latex house paints and found materials. Recently she has also taken up body painting and photography.
Ms. Chernaske typically works with bold strokes, textures and in quick-fire, intense time periods. Recent work includes a completed series of female nudes that focused on embracing the concept that body and mind are continually shifting and changing.
The works Tracy -Lynn created for Reclaiming, Revisiting, Reworking explore passionate colors and textures.
Born in 1973, is a self-trained artist who has begun painting in a street art style to communicate her vision of the world. She uses graffiti and realism to link the divergent worlds she lives in. She is raising her children in a fractured world influences heavily by media, politics, and war; she finds her inspiration in the innocence of youth vs. the dirty and confusing world of city streets.
Yvette has shown her work in Vancouver, B.C. 1998, Terrace, B.C. 2014, and Calgary, Alberta with the Calgary Sketch Club and Calgary Creative arts Guild Spring and Fall shows- 2016-2018, The People’s Portrait Prize 2017 & 2018, and Healing Hearts Through Art show 2017. Locally for 2018 she has art in: Arts 2018, 3rd place winner, The Surrey Art Gallery, Vinoscenti Winery Three Seasons Art competition and The Semiahmoo Arts group- Paint the town competition. She won honorable mention in the Paint the Train painting completion in 2018. Her works are in collections in Prince Rupert, Summerland and Vancouver B.C, Calgary and Keoma, Alberta, Newfoundland, and El Salvador.
Yvette was a member of the Vancouver Businessman’s Art Club,1997-1998, Calgary Creative Arts Guild and The Calgary Sketch Club 2016-2018. She has taught art classes in Calgary at McKenzie Towne Hall and her home studio to all ages of budding artists. She is a member of the Arts Council of Surrey and the Semiahmoo Arts Society since 2018.
Hayley Nicole Crichton
I was born in South Africa and have magpie blood. So to combat the effect of the grey Vancouver days I decided to create a series of cloud wall hangings with sparkly little raindrop beads. This is a my third Cloud Series, created on my travels in New Zealand. Most of the materials are thrifted – fabric, stuffing and beads. I enjoy creating beautiful things, while making the least amount of environmental impact. Using found beads also pushes my art – I work with the colours and textures I find rather than buying the ‘perfect’ beads brand new. I have also incorporated shell pieces that I found on the beach, which influenced the colour and look of each cloud.
Canadian West Coast Contemporary artist Angeline (Geline) Payne with 35 years experience is a professional artist, instructor and apparel designer of Angie’s Art Apparel (AAA).
Landscapes, Seascapes, Florals, Still Life, Abstract, Figurative, Surrealism, Cubism
Geline’s educational art studies at the Toronto School of Art, University of Alberta, Lakehead University, Cariboo College and advanced private studies have taken her through the realms of representational, cubism and abstract art. Her fine works of art have hung in prestigious galleries in Canada, United States and Europe. She currently resides in White Rock, British Columbia where she paints, creative coaches, private in home art lessons or online. Recent exhibitions at: Amsterdam Whitney Gallery NY, TIAF – Tokyo International Art Fair, TOKYO, Barcelona, SPAIN, Malaga, SPAIN.
All of the artists participating in our first ever art show – “Reclaiming, Reworking & Revisiting – a production of art” were carefully adjudicated and specially invited.
All of the artists will all be on hand to talk with you about their works.
Each of them are displaying works that reflect the ideas of reclaiming, reworking or revisiting.
All works are for sale directly from the artist.
Hayley Nicole Crichton
Artist Tracy-Lynn Chernaske
Landscape artist, J. D. Robinson, uses vivid light and contrasting colour to guide her viewers on an intimate journey of her local, British Columbian environment. Robinson’s work is realistic, yet her focus on contrast lends a surreal element to her acrylic portraits of Canadian mountains, reflections, and forests.
Permeating each canvas is her belief that light is an infinitely creative force that plays on landscapes; it’s constantly shifting and revealing a new perspective on a familiar place. Self-taught, Robinson began painting to express her personal and family connection to the mountains, a connection that was initially established through rock climbing, hiking, skiing, and a rural childhood. In this age of urbanization with a growing need to advocate for our environment, Robinson’s bold portrayals of her local landscapes encourage appreciation and respect for these natural places.
My creative process over the past few years has focused on experimentation of both mediums and materials. Through this process of experimenting with different mediums I have developed a mixed media process of combining old materials with new image making processes. The old materials I use include old piano paper roles, journals, stamps and paper found just about anywhere, often destined for the landfill. In choosing to rely on random, often unused materials I feel I am helping to create art that minimizes my carbon footprint. This is just one small step towards making ethical art, which I hope will continue to help shape how I create.
I want to demonstrate that beautiful things can be created from discarded materials. I also want to portray animals in my work because ultimately our consumerist actions directly effect the animals we share the land with. When we over consume many of our products end up in the landfill or effecting the ozone. I want my art to be about resilience in nature and our desire to respect and love the animals we share this land with.
Keita is a mixed media painter specializing in florals, animals and portraiture. Every painting reflects the inspiration she feels during that particular period of creation. Her realistic portraits and floral imagery contain a connective and spiritual energy that pulses through her work.
Influenced by contemporary artists and classical artists alike, Keita often recreates the images that come to her in dreams. A love and respect for mother nature and her cycles is found throughout Keita’s work, as her love of metaphysics and her interest in human emotion. She believes in the accessibility and practical application of art; that art ought to infuse and enhance our experience of daily life.Keita received her first-class honors degree in Theatre Arts (Design & Technical Theatre) at Middlesex University in London, England. She currently paints from the home she shares with her three children in North Vancouver in BC, Canada.