Fox Goes Exploring by Tammy Routley, 10” x 8”, acrylic on wood panel. (Contributed)

Flowers and ceramics take over the ACT Art Gallery

Ceramica Botanica runs until July 27

Ceramic artwork either inspired by or supportive of the floral world has taken over the ACT Art Gallery.

The new exhibition features man-made variations of stems, flowers, roots and petals that have a lengthy history in both functional and decorative ceramics.

Ceramica Botanica also features vessels created to support and enhance domestic floral arrangements.

The ceramic pieces will be accompanied by a new painting series by Maple Ridge artist Tammy Routley called Earth, Sky, Smoke and Garden.

Routley says the collection for the series started with the colour of mud and earth was her initial theme.

“Mud is the birth place of both clay and flora, ceramic and botanical,” said the artist adding that it was a natural place to start.

She then went on to create three other ensembles within the series, each with its own colour palette and whimsical creatures.

READ RELATED: Routley gives to the Community Chest

Curator Barbara Duncan said that it seems particularly appropriate to celebrate the connections between art and the botanical world at this time of the year.

“Initially, I thought this idea would probably be dedicated to a display of ceramics alone,” said Duncan.

“But a casual sketch by Tammy Routley inspired the thought that a series of paintings on the same theme would be the perfect two-dimensional accompaniment to the ceramics,” she added saying that the outcome has been a delightful conversation between the pottery and the plant life, insect and other creatures that inhabit the painting series.

Ceramica Botanica runs until July 27 at the ACT Art Gallery, 11944 Haney Place, downtown Maple Ridge.

Routley will be giving a free talk and tour of her paintings at 1 p.m. on June 22.

All of the artwork in the exhibition will be available for sale.

The ACT Art Gallery is located inside The ACT Art Centre and is operated by the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Arts Council. Its mission is to broaden and enrich the public’s appreciation and understanding of visual culture by presenting stimulating and diverse displays of artwork by local, regional and national artists and artisans.


 

cflanagan@mapleridgenews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Hammond Cedar workers can access retraining funds

Maple Ridge mill workers to be laid off by end of October

Global Climate Strike comes to Maple Ridge

Small group pickets outside city hall

Maple Ridge has new top administrator

Council names new CAO on Thursday

Petition says pot-grow stench led to ‘Summer of Stink’ in Fraser Valley

Province urged to ‘Stop the Smell’ in the Fraser Valley

Maple Ridge Ale Trail combines craft beer and the outdoors

The community launch takes place September 21 at the Haney Farmers Market

PHOTOS: Young protesters in B.C. and beyond demand climate change action

Many demonstaers were kids and teens who skipped school to take part

Walmart to quit selling e-cigarettes amid vaping backlash

U.S.’s largest retailer points to ‘growing’ complications in federal, state and local regulations

Former B.C. lifeguard gets house arrest for possession of child porn

Cees Vanderniet of Grand Forks will serve six months of house arrest, then two years’ probation

Student arrested at South Delta Secondary for alleged assault

The alleged assault occurred between two SDSS students on Wednesday, Sept. 18

Crown alleges resentment of ex-wife drove Oak Bay father to kill his daughters

Patrick Weir alleged in his closing arguments that Andrew Berry is responsible for the deaths of his daughters

‘I’d do it again,’ says B.C. man who swam naked, drunk in Toronto shark tank

David Weaver, of Nelson, was drunk when he went to Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto on Oct. 12 2018

How to react to Trudeau’s racist photos? With humility, B.C. prof says

‘We are now treating racism as a crime that you cannot recover from’

Victoria man spots online photo of his totem pole 11 years after it was stolen

Mark Trueman restored the pole himself before it was stolen off of his property in Duncan

VIDEO: Fire destroys Williams Lake strip club targeted by past arson attempts

Diamonds and Dust Entertainment Lounge destroyed by fire, as well as New World Tea and Coffee House

Most Read