Gallery celebrates a long history of art appreciation – Salmon Arm Observer
Every room in the Silver Star House is designed with the goal of celebrating art.
From the high entrance staircase whose walls are adorned with fine fibers of art and paintings to the ornate glassware casting its radiant gaze across the kitchen, the Odin Gallery is a place that celebrates art. And, as owners Kalman and Maria Molnar get to work hanging up the pieces for their upcoming winter exhibition – which opens Thursday, November 23 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday, November 25 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. – it is a place that has celebrated all art for 16 years.
“We’ve been thinking about it for a lot of years now,” says Maria, sipping her glass of French Chardonnay. “Sixteen years ago we only had one room.”
Today, almost two decades later, the gallery has filled the warm and welcoming Molnar home, with almost every inch of the wall showcasing works by painters largely from British Columbia.
“The challenge is to come up with new works, new exhibitions, new artists,” says Kalman, also swirling his wine.
“And always welcome the artists who have been with us from the start,” adds Maria.
While the house is teeming with beautiful rooms, ranging from small blown glass bowls to 36 × 60 portraits, the path through the elaborate display is finely tuned by Kalman and Maria, with each room simultaneously flowing into the next and standing out. as a dominant display of creativity.
As Maria and Kalman lead the tour through the kitchen, wine still in hand, picturesque landscape paintings by Rod Charlesworth and Peter Stuhlmann take center stage on the walls of the small entrance room.
“He’s a force to be reckoned with,” Kalman said of Charlesworth. “We combined Rod with Peter and it just worked.”
Through the closed door in front of the entrance, Karel Doruyter’s acrylic buildup peers through the glass, inviting clients to walk through and enter the gallery’s grand lobby.
“It sells so well that it’s having a hard time keeping up with demand,” Maria says, pointing to Doruyter’s work as she walks into the large room.
Standing stoically on a table to the right of the entrance in front of Doruyter’s room, Doug Alcock’s impressive combination of forged steel and Montpetit glassware catches the eye.
“We’ve known Doug personally since we moved to the valley 20 years ago,” Kalman said of Alcock. “We are very happy that he is with us now for the Winter Show.”
Previously having pieces too large to fit in the gallery of the Molnar House, Maria and Kalman found three of his ornate works to display.
“This adds a new dimension,” says Maria, adding that they have shown her greatest works in their outdoor summer wine fair, which takes place in tandem with the Mile High Wine and Music Festival.
“It is very nice to take care of him,” says Kalman. “He understands the art scene and it’s a pleasure to have him.
Among Alcock’s additions to the exhibition are a factual depiction of a bird, abstract steel and glass, and a towering sculpture of a human figure.
Another novelty at the winter exhibition is the artist born in Quebec and based in Canmore Pascal Ouellet, alias Bigoudi.
“We’re trying to keep the gallery reserved for artists from British Columbia,” says Maria.
Ouellet’s work is a journey through the whimsical, with vibrant and inviting colors juxtaposed with incredibly precise representations of animals. Although his work does not end there. In the Molnar living room stands a larger-than-life portrait of a woman, probably Ouellet’s sister or cousin, who bears a striking resemblance to the artist.
“The reason we show him is because we love his work and love his creative work,” says Kalman.
Light reflects off the fluffy white snow and pours through the large windows of the small room adjacent to the great room where Ouellet’s painting of a cow, set against a black background with white polka dots, and substantial abstract work by Teri Paul have an imposing presence. Paul was also featured in the Summer Wine Show.
“Before we closed the wine festival show, we asked him to join the Winter Show,” recalls Kalman.
Standing in the bright little room surrounded by works by Paul and Ouellet and gazing into the great room offers a bisection of British Columbia art and artists, with both local and provincial talent, such as Destanne Norris, Barry Rafuse, Glenn Clark, Sharda Murray-Kieken, Jerry R. Markham, Wendy Hart Penner, Julia Trops, Lynne Grillmair, Bonnie Anderson, Edward Epp, Dawn Piché, Al Scott, Derek M Lynch, Elizabeth Moore, Peter Lawson, Dana Roman, Charlene Woodbury, Deborah Wilson, Patricia Ennis, Bryan Ryley, Ginny Hall and Lumel Studios on display.
“We are very loyal to our artists,” says Kalman.
“We absolutely love everything we show,” adds Maria.
And, as the gallery owners are seated next to the salon, wine still in hand, it is clear that for them, this is what it is.
“That’s the whole idea,” says Kalman. “Now he’s in our veins. It’s in our blood.