The Density of Light

Dominiqu Norville: Painting

Mary Downe: Textiles

November 30 to December 28, 2019

Noon to 5 pm daily ( Sundays, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day closed )

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 30      2 - 5 pm

About the exhibition

This exhibition celebrates the interplay between light and dark, density and the luminous. The paintings of Dominique Norville and the textiles of Mary Downe use colour, pattern and elegant line to create tactile surfaces evocative of memory and place. Their work shares a fascination with mark-making, through drawn line and Japanese shibori (tie-dye) techniques. Both artist have a process oriented practice, responding to the unexpected as it appears.

About Dominique Norville

Born and raised in Vancouver, I feel at home in this place that provides such dichotomies between the mountains and oceans, and the sun and the rain. Although we often strive for balance in our lives, it is these highs and lows that interest me most. Since my first collages of childhood featuring ballet dancers and mascara ads, I have tried to make sense of such intriguing relationships as advertising and feminism, the built environment and the natural world. These interactions are often absurd, and sometimes beautiful. 

My creative practice includes photography, collage, drawing, painting, and printmaking. I have participated in numerous shows both locally and in Ontario. I have been lucky to work with many inspiring mentors and teachers, and in 2017 I graduated with a Diploma in Fine Arts with Distinction from Langara. I have been involved in a number of community based art groups and am a member of the Thrive Network of female artists. I also have a background in Art Therapy and believe strongly in the transformative value of creative expression.

About Mary Downe

I have an Advanced Certificate in Textile Arts from Capilano University, a Diploma in Interdisciplinary Studies from Emily Carr College of Art and Design, and I have studied Indigo dyeing and Shibori in Japan. I lived in Paris, France for seven years where I taught drawing and colour at several Industrial Design schools including Ecole Superieure de Design Industriel.


I’ve exhibited in both Canada and France including exhibitions at Richmond Art Gallery, Artemis Gallery, The Gallery@Artisan Square, Laurentian University Art Gallery in Canada, and the Centre Culturel Franco-Japonais and Musee Adzak in Paris.

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