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Amelia Douglas Gallery presents interactive exhibition of plant-based visual art

Douglas College’s Amelia Douglas Gallery highlights the unique plant-based visual artwork of artists Pierre Leichner, Phyllis Schwartz and Edward Peck in Collaborative Alchemy, a collection of 29 pieces of 2D and 3D visual art Nov. 1-Dec.14.

Pierre Leichner’s art is a living display with plants that will grow into sculptural forms over the course of the exhibit.

“Viewers can witness the process and beauty in growth and decay,” said Leicher. “Each day will bring some changes.” Leicher is a full-time, interdisciplinary artist whose work focuses on environmental and mental health issues.

Phyllis Schwartz, an award-winning, multidisciplinary artist who works in photography, ceramics and publishing will showcase her plant-based prints. Schwartz describes her work as “photograms.”

“My hybrid prints are made by a contact printing process that leaves traces and shadows on photosensitive surfaces,” she said. “My work is about the direct transition of data from the subject to the photosensitive paper without the use of a camera or enlarger.”

Edward Peck’s two -dimensional, high-resolution abstract compositions are inspired by discarded bouquets, which he believes are still beautiful in their transitional state.

“I took these discards and, after some contemplation, I arranged them into compositions in which I explored their new colours, shapes and fragile state,” said Peck. “The symbolism of flowers in combination with their fleeting grace is a poignant reminder of our own allure and frailty.”

Collaborative Alchemy will be on display in the Amelia Douglas Gallery Nov. 1 – Dec. 14, with an opening reception Friday, Nov. 1, from 4:30–7:30pm. An artists’ talk will be held Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 6:30–7:30pm. The gallery, on the fourth floor of Douglas College’s New Westminster Campus, 700 Royal Ave., is a non-profit organization run by members of the Art Exhibits Committee at Douglas College.