october, 2020

27oct(oct 27)12:00 pm28nov(nov 28)5:00 pmDebra Krakow and Erika Olson Solo Art Exhibitions at Studio22'Slowing Down' and 'Conversations' Exhibits by Debra Krakow and Erika Olson at Studio22Discipline:Visual ArtsType of event:ExhibitionEvent details:Accessible venue,All ages,Free

Event Details

Two solo exhibitions that speak to the shared human spirit and tell the tales of our collective experience, ‘Slowing Down’ by Debra Krakow and ‘Conversations’ by Erika Olson, open at Studio22 on October 27th and will run until November 28th.


Preview and presale for these exhibits will take place from Tuesday, October 27th to Friday, October 30th. Exhibit opens to the general public for purchase on Saturday, October 31st.


On Thursday evening, October 29th at 8pm, Studio22 will be hosting a Live Stream Exhibit Opening featuring Debra Krakow, Erika Olson and Hersh and Ally Jacob. All customers, subscribers and members of the general public are invited to login to view the exhibit and interact with the artist from the comfort of their own home.


Artist Statements:


Debra Krakow- ‘Slowing Down’


There are people in these paintings, but they’re not portraits. They’re about communing with nature, sun warming our shoulders, wind ruffling our hair, grass cool and damp under our bare feet. Children making castles in the sand, offering up their stick drawings to the lake. The lone paddler deftly maneuvering through the shallows and the young woman quietly sipping her morning coffee. Breathing deeply, engaging all our senses. Wandering and exploring and bonding through new adventures. Being still long enough for the cat to jump into our lap, the cows to approach the fence, our boisterous lab to bring us a stick. 


My palette reflects the brilliant sunshine with cool, beachy blues in water and sky and rosy, saturated pinks and reds in sun-warmed skin and hair. The figures are often small or off to one side so that the landscape expands to fill the space. This gives the paintings visual breathing room so that the viewer can feel that expansiveness. While the kids are completely absorbed in their play, the grown-ups are lost in thought, gazing out to the horizon. Slowing down, restoring and re-energizing. 


Erika Olson- ‘Conversations’


These paintings and drawings delight in conversations and celebrations. The cakes are inspired by vintage images from Betty Crocker’s New Picture Cookbook from the 60’s given to my mother when she was married. According to Betty Crocker “cakes are the food of the gods…. (and) an ingenious nun created the forerunner of our fine textured, delicately flavoured cakes by creaming butter and sugar for two hours.” Two hours!


We mainly have cakes at celebratory functions, birthdays, graduations, Christmas, retirement parties, reunions and most especially weddings. Events that have been curtailed or cancelled or postponed due to Covid 19.


The smaller pastels are about conversations where the objects take the place of people. I feel that the objects in my still lives are anthropomorphic and they are communicating and conversing with one another. “Coffee with You” is the yearning for a stimulating conversation over coffee depicted by two coffee mugs with a bright and colourful background and “Tea in the Garden with You” is a reference to being able to be outdoors, social distancing but speaking in person. Larger pieces are a closed circuit of communication, dialogues or soliloquies or larger conversations about more formal elements of a painting. The objects speak for themselves and although they are still lives they tell stories about who we are.



October 27 (Tuesday) 12:00 pm - November 28 (Saturday) 5:00 pm

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