Taryn Brown & Wendy Oppelt
August 24th - September 27th
Opening Reception: Sat. Aug. 29, 2015
1 to 4 pm
The human spirit and the splendor of nature endlessly inspire contemporary artist, Wendy Oppelt. Born and raised in Edmonton, AB, Oppelt found her way to Victoria, BC, via Calgary, Vancouver, and Adelaide, AUS. She grew up in a home full of artistic expression. Her father, a bigger than life character, was a professional artist and performer. The family home was an ever-changing canvas with murals on the walls and a yard highly decorated with flowers, sculpture and paintings. It was shortly after the passing of her father in 2009 when Wendy picked up her father’s brushes and began to explore her joy and grief. Her first piece of work was accepted into the Sidney Fine Arts Show.
Taryn was born in Oliver, BC where she studied art from a young age. At the age of 18 she won the honour of having her art featured on the cover and inside of BC Art Teacher’s Magazine. She is a prolific artist who studied Art History at The University of Victoria. She received her BA from Uvic and lives in Victoria currently. Also, she studied in Malaga, Spain--Picasso's birthplace-- at the Instituto Al-Andalus in 1998. She teaches art at the secondary school level and is an active member of the FCA (Federation of Canadian Artists) and competes in juried shows at the Federation Gallery in Vancouver. Recently she won an Award of Excellence from the FCA.