STRANGERS ? an exhibit bringing together the work of four friends

Next exhibit at Gallery@Weird Church opens Saturday May 7!

Ed Varney, one of the artists, says ?Everyone is a stranger to everyone else, really, and sometimes we are even a stranger to ourselves, so this allows a kind of existential element to creep in.?

The truth is that they are all good friends and communicate with each other on a regular basis. They all like each other?s work, so exhibiting together makes perfect sense.

Ed Varney has a MA degree and a strong background in the printing industry including writing, publishing, and intermedia art. His style is eclectic with his drawing skills emerging as the strongest element. He uses social comment, humour, and whimsy as key elements in his work. Varney is also a poet and has published numerous books and chapbooks of his poetry including DRIFT: Poems and Poets of the Comox Valley (co-edited with Dan Kirk) and DADA zine, an ongoing compilation of art and ideas by many artists from around the world.

Jeff Hartbower, has been working with wood for as long as he can remember, from being a shipbuilder in Quatsino, to building furniture in Vancouver. Retirement has allowed him the time to focus on his artistic woodwork, which is sculptural. He uses local woods for his creations, including Sitka spruce, red cedar, Douglas fir and alder. A cartoonish humour with a satiric edge permeates his work.

Bill Friesen attended the University of Manitoba?s School of Art and continued to make art during his career with the police. Bill?s work for the show will feature both drawings and sculptures, which will include recycled steel and marine canvas. Bill led a giant puppet making workshop at Weird Church so he is familiar with the space and is complimentary about the outreach to the community that is a feature of the ministry.

Marci Katz makes art with various media including charcoal, pastel and mixed media. Her series of small drawings called ?My Life Story? will appeal to women of all ages. Katz is pleased to be showing her work with that of her friends and appreciates the Weird Church as a significant cultural venue.

Where & When

The Gallery @ Weird Church, 2688 Penrith Avenue, Cumberland.

Strangers opens on May 7 from 2 to 5 pm. Music for the opening will be performed by Kybor Tylor.

Viewing hours are Thursdays and Fridays from 4 ? 6 pm and Saturdays from 2:00 to 5:00 pm, whenever the Gallery sign is displayed.

Shows at The Gallery @ Weird Church are curated by Cumberland resident Joan Udell, whose experience includes a career in teaching at the high school level, a position in regional arts administration and board experience at both local and provincial levels, including serving as Chair of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. For more information please contact Joan directly at or 1-780-817-6428, or visit

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