Gallery@501 invites you to find transformation in art

March 5, 2024

Gallery@501 invites you to find transformation in art "Heart Meditation" by Oksana Movchan, acrylic on canvas, 2023

Strathcona County is pleased to present a new art exhibition, “Metanoia,featuring artwork from Oksana Movchan from Edmonton, Alberta. The exhibit opens at Gallery@501 on March 12 and shows until April 17, 2024.

“Metanoia” is Greek, meaning transformation of the heart and consciousness. Visitors are invited to experience the artist’s journey of the soul in a beautiful and surreal exhibition of large-scale abstract paintings. This exhibit captures Movchan's deep dive into ancient meditation practices, philosophical musings and the realms of quantum theory, all manifested in dreamy, metaphysical expressions of the soul.

“This is a great opportunity for visitors to learn more about interpreting the stories in abstract art,” says Kris Miller, Gallery@501 Curator. “Reflecting upon your own interpretations and connections to the work in front of you can enhance your well-being and feelings of interconnectedness with others.”

Movchan integrates spaces and objects from reality and imagination to reflect her experiences and dreams in her paintings. She combines references from botany, anatomy, machinery and spiritual practices using symbolic colours and unique patterns. This exhibition includes a video of Movchan speaking about her work and her artistic process to further enhance the experience.

Oksana Movchan was born and raised in a family of artists in Kyiv, Ukraine, and studied printmaking at the Ukrainian National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture, graduating with a PhD. She has explored many types of art media in her career including etching, glass, painting and public art installations. Her stunning glass piece, “Family, Present and Future” from 2012 is part of Strathcona County’s public art collection and is featured in the entryway of the Ardrossan Recreation Complex.

The public is invited to join Oksana Movchan for a reception at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 14 at Gallery@501. This event and admission to the gallery is free.

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Contact: Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595