The BIG Little Art Show takes place at the Christy Sverre Gallery April 20 and 21. Sverre, together with Judy Pollock of West Vancouver, and local artists Carol LaFave and Jennifer Drysdale, will be exhibiting over 100 works at Sverre’s studio and gallery in Gibsons. The number of works accounts for the “big” part of the show and the size of the works that will be displayed accounts for the little. “I think 20” x 16” is our biggest piece,” says Sverre. “As artists, we all have small works and I thought it would be really fun just to show small works so everything is going to be very well priced.” Pollock will be displaying folk art with rug hooking, LaFave her signature collages, and Drysdale will be exhibiting new works of gelli plate monoprints. Sverre will be showing a variety of works in acrylics and oils with cold wax medium. Her style is unique, one that isn’t completely abstract but not fully representational either, with a liberal use of bold colours. “I’m attracted to colour,” admits Sverre. “Bright colours are always happy to me and I’m a happy person. I love laughing so perhaps there’s some laughter in my art, in the colour. I hope so.”
Sverre has always been drawn to the visual arts, realizing she wanted to be an artist when she was in high school, going on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Victoria. Her husband’s work meant Sverre had the opportunity to travel and live in a number of places in Southeast Asia including Singapore, where she spent two years as a docent at the Singapore Art Museum, learning and absorbing the aesthetics of the area. While in Houston, she studied drawing at the Houston School of Fine Arts, diligently working on her representational skills. More recently, she studied abstract art with Todd Clark. She believes all those influences have come together in her art. She loves to experiment, and “make marks” using traditional and non-traditional tools like feathers and chopsticks. “I like having less control, so if I grab a feather, I don’t have much control,” says Sverre. “You get a really beautiful, honest line without having to force it. Every time I attack a subject, I try to get looser with it, to see more than is really there, trying to get closer to a subject.” Sverre finds working on a smaller canvas a bit more restrictive, but still rewarding. “The space is limited,” she says. “You’re much more aware of those edges [but] the small pieces are just as good as the big ones.” She looks forward to opening up her studio and gallery over the weekend where the four artists will be on-hand to greet the public. “It’s really for everybody,” says Sverre of the show. “Not everyone has the space or the money for a large piece. This is a chance to share the small stuff.”
The BIG Little Art Show featuring Christy Sverre, Judy Pollock, Carol LaFave and Jennifer Drysdale takes place Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21 from 10am to 4pm at the Christy Sverre Gallery, 612 Marine Drive in Gibsons. Admission is free and all are welcome.