Mother and daughter Carol-Anne Almquist and Kerri Almquist present a collaborative exhibition titled “From Darkness to Light”. Emerging artist Kerri Almquist’s expressive work includes 8 pieces using charcoal on paper and Federation of Canadian Artist’s Active Member Carol-Anne Almquist’s watercolour on Yupo combine for a total of 15 pieces. The exhibition is based on their lived experience with mental illness as well as the influence their art has had on hope and recovery.
Kerri & Carol-Anne Almquist: From Darkness to Light
Opening Friday, March 18 from 3:30pm-7pm (meet the artists!)
On view until April 29, Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm
at VIU- Powell River
Emerging Artist Kerri Almquist and Federation of Canadian Artists’ Active Member Carol-Anne Almquist decided to collaborate on an exhibition about mental Illness and recovery.
Kerri’s deeply personal images spring from a 4 part process combining the conscious and unconscious expression of emotions.
“Doing this show allows me to show a vulnerability that I keep hidden. It is an adventure and it gives purpose and meaning in my life by hopefully inspiring others to explore their art as a part of their recovery”.
Carol-Anne has been painting mostly landscapes of the Sunshine Coast since moving to Sechelt in 2017. Her work has been featured in the “Art of Watercolour” magazine and she has exhibited in the Granville Island Gallery of the Federation of Canadian Artists.
Her work as a Mental Health Rehabilitation worker and her own lived experience and
subsequent recovery from mental illness led her into this collaboration. I want people to know that there is hope. When I say that to people I support, I really mean it. I am living proof. I have a meaningful, joyful life!
The paintings in the show are mostly visual images of the tools that have supported my
recovery as is the painting process itself.