Artists to display skills in Sidney show

Twelve artists will be showing off their talent in an upcoming show in Sidney

Artist Linda Vickers’ interpretation of Caravaggio’s 1606 piece called Madonna of the Palafrenieri.

Twelve artists will be showing off their talent in an upcoming show in Sidney.

The Fake or Fortune show at Odette Laroche Gallery begins on July 1 and will showcase renditions of famous paintings by Rembrandt and Carvaggio as well as original works.

“There are twelve artists showing their accomplished works and the variety is astounding,” said the gallery’s owner, Odette Laroche. “The group has painted together for several years and everyone has developed a unique style of their own while building their skills.”

The renditions of Rembrandt’s and Caravaggio’s originals are painted in the style of the old masters called Grisaille, explained Laroche.

“It is a method of painting used exclusively by the old masters up to the turn of the century when impressionism became popular,” she added.

Grisaille method is still used today and calls for a perfect image in charcoal on canvas, which is then sprayed with a fixative. The process of layering paint with only five colours and white begins and ends with glazes that enhance the glow in skin transparencies.

“This show is an impressive mix of originals done in several styles of painting ranging from impasto, impressionism to photo-realism,” Laroche said.

Odette Laroche Gallery is located on Beacon Avenue by Fairway Market on the second floor. The show runs until July 13 and a Meet the Artists Reception will take place Saturday, July 5 from 1 to 4 p.m. For details, call  250-655-8278.


— with files from Odette Laroche