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Art from cancer survivor, Zimbabwe on display | NOTABLE

October 9, 2012 · Updated 4:04 PM

Donita Crosby created the Dananai project, featuring batiks of Zimbabwean artists at Galeria Chiropractica. / Photo courtesy of Craig Weiner

Galeria Chiropractica presents the debut of painter and mosaicist Kate Anderson, and a special showing of Zimbabwean batik artist Enock Kolimbo, presented by Dananai.

An opening reception is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, featuring Mbira Music. The gallery is located at 2812 Meinhold Road at the Bayview Corner Sears House in Langley.

Anderson’s show runs through Nov. 30 and the Dananai show runs through Dec. 31.

“Experiencing and recovering from cancer in 1998 gave me a new awareness of the world around me,” Anderson said in a press release.

“I began to notice the beauty in small, insignificant everyday things in my everyday life. During recovery I began to attend an art therapy group where I discovered not only my love of creating visual art but learned to appreciate the gifts that the process of creating gave me.

“I work mainly in acrylic, collage and mosaic and often experiment with the integration of other media into my work. Texture is important to me, along with strong contrasts in value.

I find that I’m drawn to shadows; as shadows change on an object, the appearance of the object changes, which is fascinating to me. I’ve noticed that much of my recent work includes a place, an area one can go into, like a secret grotto to creep into and hide.

“My aim is to create non-representational art which pulls the viewer into the painting and then continues to involve the viewer in extended exploration. I prefer not to explain what my paintings mean to me because I want to give the viewer a chance to develop her or his own emotional response to my work. I think of my paintings as being like dreams — one can interpret them in many different and personal ways. My hope is that the viewer becomes part of the creative process,” Anderson continued.

Her mosaics will be available for viewing only the night of the opening reception.

On display in the Lower Sears House will be the batiks of Zimbabwean artists in a project called Dananai, meaning to “love each other” in the Shona language. This project is a labor of love for Donita Crosby. This project gives micro-loans for business development, support for educational projects and income for medical assistance to a Zimbabwe community.


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