Inspiring Connections exhibit at Centre 64 now open
Caprice is a professional oil painter and has been in business for 25 years. She moved to Kimberley in 1997 and has been an active member of the Kimberley arts community. For the past decade, Caprice has been teaching art lessons through Centre 64 Art Gallery and at her Studio Gallery in Kimberley.
With the hit of the pandemic, Caprice’s art lessons made a dramatic turn from teaching one-on-one to teaching classes online via Zoom. During these difficult times, art has brought people together in a way that is unlike anything else. Suddenly, there was a shift in the classes from not only discussing the rules of fine art, but friendships and bonds have been established.
When things were sad, these weekly sessions were filled with laughter and joy. Caprice’s students call the paintings that have been produced in the past few months as “The Covid paintings” and they have inspired the current exhibit. Caprice’s previous students will also be exhibiting.
This exhibition was serendipitous, as the Gallery is fully booked until 2024. When there was a cancellation, Caprice and her students jumped into action and began organizing paintings for the show.
The Kimberley Arts Council accepted their proposal and beginning on October 27, there will be more than 60 paintings from 15 of Caprice’s students past and present, as well paintings from Caprice herself. Caprice has not exhibited publicly outside of her studio gallery in over 15 years. The paintings are a wide variety of subject matter and mediums, and show the range of students, from beginners to advanced.
A special portion of the exhibit will be dedicated to two students who have passed away.
Many in the community know of Don Davies who is not only known for his work in the education system, but also with the Don Davies Quartet. He took art lessons with Caprice and sat on the Kimberley Arts Council Board. A selection of his paintings will be on display, next to Nola Doiron’s paintings.
Nola was also very active in the local arts community and performed in the local theatre performance of “Calendar Girls.” She took painting lessons with Caprice in 2013.
The exhibition will be on display at the Gallery and online through to November 21.
Lead images: Nicole Leclair Photography