Mother Nature Giving Away Her Secrets is a work by Stephanie Denz that will be part of her exhibit opening at the Campbell River Art Gallery Jan. 19.

Exploring the feminine experience, family and landscapes

The Campbell River Art Gallery kicks off 2012 with a dual exhibition from an exciting Saltspring Island artist

The Campbell River Art Gallery kicks off 2012 with a dual exhibition from an exciting Saltspring Island artist.

Crawling Woman by artist Stephanie Denz will be on exhibit at the Campbell River Art Gallery from Jan. 20 to March 2 and will feature both figurative paintings and wallpaper-style works in the Main Gallery and the Discovery Gallery.

The exhibition opens with a special reception Thurs., Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. that will feature an illustrated artist’s talk by Denz as well as a special dance performance by Saltspring Island artist and choregrapher Robbyn Scott. Denz received her Bachelor Fine Arts from the University of Victoria and her Master of Fine Arts from Auckland University in New Zealand. She has received several prestigious awards, including two Canada Council grants and an invitation to the Florence Biennial.

Denz’s works explore themes of feminine experience, family and landscapes. Her narratives of women tell of the interplay between biology and emotion in a woman’s life and highlight the body’s relationship to its surroundings. Using themes from popular movies such as gender power struggles, the role of sexuality in personal and societal narratives is highlighted. Her compositions are figurative and dreamlike in nature, and often include found material.

All members of the public are invited to the Campbell River Art Gallery at 7 p.m. Jan. 19 for the opening reception. The exhibition will then be open from 12 – 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday until March 2.