Sunday, July 17, 2022

White Rock Gallery: Beyond the Frame


To appreciate art is about understanding the deepest of emotion; its meaningful realization; and validation of purpose and intention.

That's the uplifting lesson learned from a visit to an art gallery in White Rock, British Columbia. It's a city by the sea and a place where arts, history, and culture thrive amidst the test of time.

An art gallery may not be the usual place to visit in the present times. It may not be welcoming, but intimidating to other people who may not have an interest or appreciation of fine arts.

Back in my home country, the Philippines, I've learned to admire and appreciate works of art and masterpieces in the Cultural Center since 2012. Since then, I've carried the same passion and admiration whenever I visit another country or place with high regard for culture and the arts.

In Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, every city has a public art gallery that's open to everyone, and White Rock Gallery is one of the most beautiful places to be. It was my first ever Art Gallery experience in Canada and It was a meaningful experience.

Nowadays, people choose modern forms of entertainment and haven't discovered and learned about the joys of visiting an art gallery or any art exhibits. However, fine artists and art enthusiasts have devoted their time, resources, and money to making arts more relevant in today's present generation.

What makes art galleries intimidating to others is that we're not taught how to appreciate and decode its meaning from the artists' perspective or point of view. We couldn't interpret abstract paintings and even find meaning in a realistic painting.

With our smartphones, we can just take a raw picture of a place, do some editing, then call it art. It's the easiest form of art we can do. However, fine art demands time, energy, emotion, and a soul to create a more valuable masterpiece; the reason why paintings and sculptures are expensive. 

In reality, we tend to ignore or snub expensive things because we can't afford them. The same thing with fine arts, some wouldn't appreciate its value because they can't relate to and find meaning in a painting. But to afford it isn't just about owning it. It's also about enriching our life experience and worth as human beings just by paying a visit to an art gallery even once in a lifetime.

Art is part of our culture and a deep appreciation and admiration are what give us a certain connection with the community we live in. Art evokes various emotions depending on what the artists would want us to feel. It makes us joyful, sorrowful, awed and puzzled. It moves us, touches our souls, and made us love at first sight.

As I view the gallery, some paintings attract my attention and draw me closer to scrutinize and finally gave meaning to them. It gave happiness and a sense of belonging to a community of artistic people who have the desire for understanding, passion, and motivation for self-expression.

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