It’s been six month since the opening of The Portal, the commercial gallery based on emerging local artists. In its third show, curated by managing director/artist Anya Tonkonogy, the theme has been loosely set as “Warmth.” There are more warm colours than previous shows, but other than that, no apparent attempt appears to have been made to adhere to the theme.
Not that one is really needed.
With a multitude of visual artists in their roster, many of whom are becoming staples to the curation, The Portal has become a haven for local artists to address their emerging profession. Each show so far has been a group showing; and although there is talk of solo exhibitions to come, the gallery is finding itself as the place for artists of similar elk and stature, artists who wish to exhibit, to sell, and to reach out to an audience on a continuous basis with samples of their newest works.
Artists: Vivian Bennett, Megann Christensen, Charlotte Falk, Giselle Denis, Cheryl Ervin, Jana Hargarten, Karen Nichols, Ross Snashall, Kamal Toor, Anya Tonkonogy, Trevor Warechen