Osoyoos artist Michael Jorden has donated a new work to the Oliver Community Arts Council for fund raising purposes. He painted this imaginative view of Oliver’s “Main Street” during the Federation of Canadian Artists exhibit: “For the Love of Art” at Handworks Gallery in July. Jorden set up his easel on the sidewalk outside the gallery as part of a public demonstration of how an artist works from blank canvas to finished artwork.
Can you see the blurring of reality and fantasy in Jorden’s painting?
Take another look. Look hard.
Notice that the far side of the street is an early 20th century depiction of the town. The foreground is Oliver in the present day. The natural background of course, is timeless.
Jorden is well-regarded for artwork that captures the western lifestyle of the late 1800s and early 1900s. This blending of time periods is a very special Jorden work indeed.
Jorden’s “Main Street” captures another historical moment in Oliver’s history: the recent fire that destroyed the Mesa Hotel, originally the Hotel Oliver. The blaze occurred only short weeks before this painting was created, razing one of Oliver’s historical landmarks, its architecture largely unchanged for almost one hundred years. The tragic event lends real nostalgia to this new work and makes it a painting to treasure.
“Main Street” can be viewed at the upcoming Fall Art Show and Sale. Although the theme of the 2010 exhibit is titled “Those Were the Days”, Michael has chosen not to enter the piece into the competition. Instead it will form part of the fund raising portion of the event. The Oliver Community Arts Council reserves a bid of $400 on the piece, but higher offers are welcome. The OCAC advises that similar Jorden pieces command prices of $600- $800. Please bid generously, and remember the council can issue the purchaser a charitable tax receipt.
Also part of this fund raising sale is “Lazy Days of Summer”, a watercolour depicting an RV camping scene near Osoyoos Lake by John De St. Denis Smythe, water color, $250 reserve bid.
Please note: Jorden’s painting sold at the Fall Art Show and Sale. Thank you to Michael Jorden, and to the generous purchaser. Watch for an article coming up featuring the donated work, “Lazy Days of Summer”. (editor)