Tide Line, a display of recent work by Greta Guzek, opened at Westwind Gallery in Gibsons on Saturday, May 11 and runs through to May 25. As is usual with Westwind’s openings, the tiny gallery hosted an overflow crowd that spilled out to the terrace overlooking Gibsons harbor.
The show dazzles. Guzek’s brilliant use of colour suffuses each canvas, drawing the eye from gnarled arbutus to driftwood-littered beachfronts. With love and joy, Guzek paints a Coast which is rapidly disappearing as development claims the little waterside cabins which are hallmarks of her work.
A number of the works on display seem to indicate Guzek is drifting in a more impressionistic direction. Although still quite representational, the brush strokes create a different energy reminiscent of early Van Gogh.
Gallery owner Morley Baker, an artist in his own right, said “Greta and I have had a working relationship for 15 years, from before she was painting on canvas in fact, and we at Westwind have watched the evolution of her work from day one. At the beginning her work was much tighter. Now, it’s more relaxed, more confident, and the use of raw primary colours just pop out at you. I’ve truly enjoyed my artistic journey with Greta.”
Westwind Gallery, at 292 Gower Point Road, Gibsons, is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm and Sundays, 10.30am to 3.30pm.