Two Kamloops artists are showing their work in a new gallery space downtown, created as part of an expansion of The Vic coffee shop.
The work of David Langevin and Yvonne Reddick is already on display at The Vic’s new gallery room and will remain there until Dec. 20.
On Friday, the two artists will be part of a virtual gallery opening event streaming on Facebook, which will explore the art and the inspiration behind it.
Reddick, whose studio is also on Victoria Street, was approached by The Vic co-owner Denis Walsh about showing her work. She said the offer appealed to her values of supporting local businesses and especially the downtown, so she jumped at the chance.
But it won’t just be Reddick’s work in the exhibit. Joining her will be renowned Kamloops artist David Langevin — someone whose mentorship helped her get to where she is today.
“He is the reason I paint,” she said.
Reddick said she initially thought painting would be a hobby for her. But after an invitation to a workshop with Langevin in 2004, her work caught his eye.
“He ended up looking over my shoulder and said, ‘You need to come to my studio. I’ve been looking for someone with what you have. You need to switch careers. You can’t ignore what you have any longer,’” she said.
Reddick took a leave of absence from her work to pursue painting full-time and the venture paid off. She later landed a solo show in The Cube at the Kamloops Art Gallery, selling out on her opening night.
Her work — along with Langevin’s, in some cases — is in galleries as far away as Quebec.
Reddick said she has a hard time sticking to one genre, but that her work featured in The Vic is mostly landscapes and still life — much of it created over a productive quarantine period.
Although creating in isolation has been difficult, because, as she said, “people are my juice,” Reddick has been productive.
“I’m so inspired. I just wake up in the morning and can’t wait to get to my easel,” she said.
Reddick also said a “stunning painting” of Langevin’s will be auctioned off during the virtual gallery opening, with proceeds going to the Kamloops Hospice Association.
Join Langevin and Reddick on The Vic’s Facebook page at facebook.com/vicdowntown at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20.